Selecting the title of this posting will take you directly to the hotline for Human Trafficking. Don't be afraid to use it.
Wednesday evening's presentation by DRPS and VSDR was very well attended, attracting individuals who work in some form of support role for marginalized people.
DC Murray, Nancy and Victim Services Durham Region Executive Director Jade, who work together in the field identifying and extricating girls at risk provided the audience an insight into who are victims, how they are recruited and maintained as "property" of a pimp.
Many of the young women work out of hotels, motels, even cars, earning big money for their pimp but see none of it themselves. They are not in the lifestyle by choice. Because they are vulnerable to begin with they are easy targets.
When asked what we could do to assist the police we were asked to be vigilant and observant. Observant when we are in hotels, motels and see suspicious and heavy traffic to a particular room. Also to be vigilant in interacting with the young women and men in our lives who might be at risk.
A simple phone call to police in that situation is all it takes to make a difference.
Kudos to the individuals who work tirelessly in this field. Help them achieve more successes in whatever little way you can.
Following is the information posted on the IWD site under theme.
IWD 2016 campaign theme #PledgeForParityWorldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.
And we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places.
The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.
So how do we want to celebrate International Women's Day 2016?We say by Pledging For Parity!
Everyone - men and women - can pledge to take a concrete step to help achieve gender parity more quickly - whether to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias. Each of us can be a leader within our own spheres of influence and commit to take pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.
Commit to take action to accelerate gender parityGlobally, with individuals pledging to move from talk to purposeful action - and with men and women joining forces - we can collectively help women advance equal to their numbers and realize the limitless potential they offer economies the world over. We have urgent work to do. Are you ready to accelerate gender parity?
Make a Pledge Now
CFUW Oshawa and District is focussing locally on Human Trafficking, particularly along the 401 corridor through Durham Region. Sergeant Ron Kapuscinski of the Human Trafficking Unit DRPS, along with Jade Harper, Executive Director Victim Services Durham Unit will be our speakers at the April 13 General Meeting. All are welcome to attend.
Please join us at Camp Samac cabin one (use Conlin Rd. entrance) for this empowering womens’ ceremony.
Kim Wheatley will be facilitating. You are respectfully requested to wear a long skirt, bring a container of water, some yellow cloth and Tobacco to make your own Tobacco tie. We will be both inside and outside, so dress according to weather conditions. Bring your hand drum or shaker if you have one. The ceremony is open to all women so feel free to invite your sisters, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, aunts and friends.
Please contact Julie or Peggy at ext 2529/2573 for proper protocol, and more information.
Start time: 6:00 p.m.
End time: 9:00 p.m.
Date: February 23, 2016
Location: Camp Samac, cabin one. Use Conlin Road entrance.
Would you go to jail for love?
November's meeting welcomed Jennifer Graham, a local writer, presenting her self published book Immoral Proposal about her experiences falling in love with a white man during South Africa's Apartheid rule. If one has always been free to make choices in life it is difficult to imagine what life would be like under that rule. Our thanks to Jennifer for sharing her story and providing us with some insight into this stifling and dangerous environment.
Kudos to Hedy and Melanie and their committee for organizing a successful Spring Fashion Show today.
The venue (Durham College Centre for Food) was laid out in such a way as to give everyone a front row seat to view the fashions.
The outfits (thirty of them) from Cachet of Bowmanville, featuring several Canadian designers, were lovely and presented something for everyone.
The desserts made by Durham College students from the Food Program were delicious and beautifully presented.
Best of all, the proceeds realized took CFUW Oshawa and District over the top in its commitment to the Durham College Endowment fund.
Thanks to Durham College staff for their set up and to IT for its support related to audio.
I think I can speak for the models, as I was one of them, to say we had a great time getting into and showing off our finery with the help of Cachet staff. Most of us purchased something that we modeled as it was difficult not to.
Our thanks to those members and non-members alike who supported this worthwhile endeavour. It was a sell out.
Yet another snowfall, this one so bad that no one wanted to go out in it. Our general meeting was cancelled as a result and we missed out on a great guest speaker, Ted Barris. He will be rescheduled.
We have Resolutions to vote on which we would have done at this meeting. Stay tuned on how we will meet our March 31st submission deadline. We may have voting on-line
Thursday evening, March 6th saw a gathering of women and men at UOIT downtown Oshawa Charles Street campus for a viewing of the NFB production of Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada.
The film was presented in partnership with UOIT School of Social Science to celebrate International Women's Day 2014.
The audience consisted of UOIT staff, students, CFUW members and members of the general public. The message was thought provoking and our discussion led by three panelists was lively.
The expression "women's work is never done" applies especially well to women's issues as funding for the most marginalized members of our gender is cut, and daily we read of atrocities in countries around the world.
Thanks to those who attended.
Our speaker couldn't make it this month and we only learned of it late in the afternoon so couldn't find a replacement. Not to worry...Lorraine V. who has heard Sgt. Keating a couple of times shared some of what she remembers of his stories. She then facilitated a discussion with the attendees which led to more interesting stories and warnings.
What I took away from the discussion in particular was the importance of who you name as your Power of Attorney and consider more than one to handle various areas (financial, health, etc.).
Resolutions will be discussed at the February and March meetings and four people volunteered to take the lead on discussion. To gather an understanding of the resolutions prior to the meeting, a quick visit to the CFUW web site will allow you to peruse them.
December 13 saw 20 members of the group take the Go Train into Toronto, followed by a subway ride to Mysteriously Yours Dinner Theatre. There we were treated to a tasty lunch and the crazy antics of the Uptons (think Downton) as we tried to solve the mystery of who MURDERED "ooooooo" Nary.
It was great silly fun and many of the group guessed who the MURDERER was. Of course this cannot be revealed here for obvious reasons.
Take a look at the Photo Gallery to see who attended this fun event.
November's general meeting included a presentation by member Karen on the organization near and dear to her heart - Sleeping Children Around the World. Founded by Murray and Margaret Dryden in 1970, to date $23 million has been raised to provide bed kits for more than 1 million children.
Apart from the benefits to the child, the attractiveness of this program is that all money donated goes directly to funding the kits, and it only take $35.00 to help one child, and by default that child's family.
If you have some particularly difficult people to buy for on your Christmas list, here's a great last minute idea. Just visit the link to learn more.
Thanks to Karen for bringing this worthy cause to the attention of our membership.