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  • Keep Ontario's Current Sex-Ed Curriculum Petition

    Women’s March Canada is deeply disappointed with the announcement by the Minister of Education, Lisa Thompson, to roll back Ontario’s modernized sexual health education curriculum ahead of the upcoming school year. Ontario’s children and youth deserve access to health and physical education information that ensures their safety and aligns with the realities of our rapidly changing world.

    875 signatures

    sexed-curriculum_socialmedia.pngTo the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

    WHEREAS

    The revised 2015 health curriculum has been extensively researched and is the most progressive and up-to-date in Ontario’s history. There is no other curriculum in the province that has benefited from nearly a decade of input from both experts in the field and thousands of parents.

    The repeal of the current Ontario curriculum for Grades 1-8 in Health and Physical Education, 2015 (Revised) means:

    • Ontario students will no longer be taught the concept of ‘consent.’ The word consent appears ZERO times in the 1998 health curriculum. Given the rate of sexual violence against women in Ontario, this is completely unacceptable.
    • There will be zero discussion on gender identity or same-sex relationships.
    • Students will not learn about issues around gender-based violence, sexual harassment, homophobia, the social impacts of puberty, sexting, cyberbullying or protecting yourself from online predators. There have been 78 women and girls killed in Canada so far this year and most of them were in Ontario.

    Curriculum Documents

    The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8: Health and Physical Education, 2015 (revised)

    We, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:

    1. Immediately reinstate the revised 2015 health curriculum;
    2. Provide a clear and transparent plan for additional consultations including a timeline for consultations;
    3. Provide a clear and transparent plan for how the initial consultations will be incorporated into any revisions proposed by the Ford Government;
    4. If a new curriculum document is to be made and presented, please indicate where and how it will address the following topics included in the 2015 revision: consent; sexting; cyberbullying; LGBTQ2S; body parts; and other information to help young people advocate for their own health and safety.

    Resources

    http://pressprogress.ca/homophobic-preacher-tells-social-conservatives-doug-ford-will-repeal-sex-education/

    https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/07/11/ontario-students-will-be-taught-the-old-sex-ed-curriculum-when-they-go-back-to-school-education-minister-says.html

    https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2018/06/08/school-board-group-urges-doug-ford-to-keep-the-sex-ed-curriculum.html

    https://www.thestar.com/life/opinion/2018/03/15/sex-ed-curriculum-offers-details-doug-ford-is-so-far-unwilling-to-give.html

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-sex-ed-plans-1.4742523

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-sex-ed-curriculum-5-things-to-know-1.3059951

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ontario-s-new-sex-ed-curriculum-the-most-up-to-date-in-the-country-1.2969654

    https://nationalpost.com/news/group-says-78-women-girls-killed-across-canada-in-last-six-months

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  • @nancy_nancyjo tweeted link to End Family Separation. 2019-03-16 14:52:01 -0400
    If in Canada and you are furious that the US is placing children in internment camps and violating both human rights and international law, sign the petition #EndFamilySeparation #CanadaCares #KeepFamiliesTogether https://www.womensmarchcanada.com/end-family-separation?recruiter_id=43733

    End Family Separation

    For the sake of humanity, it’s time to act. This petition urges the Govenment of Canada speak up on behalf of your constituents in renouncing these actions and call on the UN to spare the children irreparable trauma.

    7,200 signatures

    Needless and Cruel

    "The administration's policy of separating children from their families as they attempt to cross into the United States without documentation is not only needless and cruel, it threatens the mental and physical health of both the children and their caregivers," the American Psychological Association said in a statement.

    Children are being ripped from their parents and housed in tent cities or caged in an abandoned Walmart. It is not only unconstitutional but a humanitarian crisis.

    As outsiders are not permitted to address the House, petitions must be presented by Members. Therefore, petitioners must send their petition to a Member asking the Member to present it on their behalf. Women's March Canada will be requesting that an MP to be named will present this position to the House of Commons. To be certified a petition must include 500 valid signatures. For electronic petitions, an e-mail address, full name, postal code and phone number must be provided.

    What can we do outside the US?

    If in Canada and you are furious that the US is placing children in internment camps, essentially being used as political pawns, and violating both human rights and international law, here's how to take action:

    • sign this petition
    • visit our Facebook post above to:
      • learn how to contact your local MP: 
      • find what to say (many of our followers have shared what they've emailed to their local MPs); 
      • then tag your local MP in a comment on the post;
      • share and "like" the post with your friends on Facebook to spread the word.

    It takes less than 10 minutes to share your voice for these children. Please do so now.

    For the sake of humanity, it’s time to act. We, the undersigned citizens (or residents) of Canada draw attention to the House to the following that, the US Administration has directed its Homeland Security to send “100 percent of illegal southwest border crossings” to the US Justice Department to be prosecuted. When undocumented parents are criminally prosecuted, their children are automatically declared unaccompanied minors, detained and transferred into government custody—despite the fact that they have loving parents who desperately want to stay with them, parents who brought them to the United States in search of a better and safer life.

    Therefore, we call upon Parliament to renounce these actions, to call on the United Nations to demand that US immigration agencies stop the implementation of any policy that separates children and youth from their families, and that the US Administration enlist qualified social service agencies to ensure the well-being of children who are still in their custody, or have gone missing. We urge the Government of Canada to speak up on behalf of your constituents in renouncing these actions.

    We must show the world that #CanadaCares

     

     

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  • @nancy_nancyjo tweeted link to Restore all provincial funding to Ontario College of Midwives. 2019-03-16 14:41:08 -0400
    Sign the petition: Restore all provincial funding to Ontario College of Midwives. We support midwives. Attn: @celliottability #OntarioMidwives #ONPoli https://www.womensmarchcanada.com/restore_all_provincial_funding_to_ontario_college_of_midwives?recruiter_id=43733

    Restore all provincial funding to Ontario College of Midwives

    Another cut affecting primarily women.

    "Doug Ford's government has revoked current and future funding for the College of Midwives of Ontario, the regulatory body that oversees more than 900 midwives and has had government support for 25 years."

    In September 2018, the Ford government was told by the Tribunal to negotiate with midwives to end the pay equity gap. To date, the Ford Tories have refused to negotiate.

    The statement said the changes will have no impact on the public. "We cannot cut our services and programs, as the College's work is mandated by our governing legislation," it said.

    "It is likely that midwives will have to pay more to the College on an annual basis," the College added. "This is not news we wanted to share."

    2,563 signatures

    Whereas the College of Midwives is responsible for licensing and regulating the profession of midwifery; and the province of Ontario is responsible for funding medical care;

    We the undersigned, as constituents and residents of Ontario, demand Ontario restore funding to the Ontario College of Midwives immediately.

    Removing funding places the burden of financing the college on approximately 900 members whose fees are capped by the province.

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  • signed up on Women's March Canada Working Committees 2019-02-12 17:30:11 -0500

    Working Committees

    For three years, we've marched in cities across Canada. Our mission is to inspire, unite and lead the charge for the advancement of women across Canada.

    Now we take action. Are you ready?

    The H.E.R.S.

    The work that we do, our vision and values can be explained in a unifying framework called H.E.R.S., which spells out the women’s rights priorities of Health, Economic Security, Representation, and Safety:

    • Health — Healthcare is the foundation of women’s well-being and economic stability. Women’s March Canada advocates for access to affordable and inclusive women’s healthcare regardless of nationality, age, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
    • Economic Security — Women are powerful drivers of economic growth, and their economic empowerment benefits all nations. Women’s March Canada supports the dismantling of economic barriers that obstruct women’s full and equal access to local, national, and global economic systems.
    • Representation — Women are under-represented globally, adversely affecting our collective health, safety, and economic security. Women’s March Canada seeks fair and just representation of women locally, nationally, and internationally.
    • Safety — Every woman has the need and right to feel physically secure, and security for women should be assured through sound legal practices. Women’s March Canada stands behind the principle that women are not to be held accountable for actions that are outside their control — particularly regarding all forms of assault — and that fair legal action must be applied to prevent these crimes.

    What's Next? 

    In March 2019, we'll be gathering (virtually) women from across the country and asking them to roll up their sleeves and help us work on the Women's March Canada strategic plan (to be announced by the end of January). 

    Will you help? If so, please join one of the committees below. 

    Sign up

  • wants to volunteer 2019-01-16 12:55:12 -0500

    Want to join and help a Chapter executive team?

    Help your Local Chapter

    Looking to help your local Women's March Canada chapter? You're in the right place.

    The work we do is empowering, but not easy. Making the equality of Women the new norm takes a team with a variety of skill sets to support each other professionally and emotionally.

    Before we get started make sure there is a Women's March Canada chapter in your community by having a look at our Chapter list here. If there isn't a Chapter in your area, please consider starting one!

    We have listed some positions Women's March Canada chapters have available. We are open to feedback and ideas on what could be improved. Is there a position missing you think would be a good addition? Let us know.

    Vice Chair

    • Assist co-leads with setting Chapter goals
    • Co-organize regular meetings and check-ins with volunteers
    • Collaborate volunteers with the membership coordinator
    • Attend bi-weekly meetings co-leads
    • Time commitment:
      • Minimum 3h a week, consistent responsibilities
      • Recommended to be shared

    Communications coordinator (Marketing specialist)

    • Manage our social media presence including Twitter, Instagram and Facebook
    • Update website with local events that complement the H.E.R.S areas of focus
    • Create event pages and key messaging for upcoming events
    • Respond to inquiries over social media
    • Time commitment:
      • Minimum 3h a week, consistent responsibilities
      • Recommended to be shared

    Event coordinator(s)

    • Collaborate with team members on community engagement, fundraising and march events
    • Create key messaging with communications coordinator for event promotions
    • Help with the ideation, planning, and execution of events
    • Develop key goals and metrics of success for events
    • Find local events that chapter can collaborate on, this could be a boothing opportunity, fundraiser to support, speaking opportunity or re-sharing on our social media channels
    • Time commitment:
      • Minimum 3h a week, consistent responsibilities, approximately 2h higher during event season
      • Recommended to be shared

    Treasurer

    • Aggregate and track receipts, donations and in-kind goods from various chapter members
    • Seek and apply to grants to aid chapter activities
    • Advise members before major purchases
    • Work with event coordinator for event budget and spending
    • Coordinate finances with Women’s March Canada team
    • Time commitment:
      • Minimum 1h a week, heavier around tax season and major chapter events (March January 19th)

    Fundraising Coordinator(s)

    • Proactively approach and create initial contact with community members with the goal of acquiring new local corporate participation, sponsorship and individual donations.
    • Maintaining excellent relationships with established supporters and liaise with prospects to maximize all available opportunities for partnerships and revenue growth
    • Support and inspire event organizers, participants and volunteers so they can be successful in their desire to support Women's March Canada;
    • Assist the chapter and individuals with online fundraising
    • Coordinate funding information with Treasurer and Women’s March Canada team
    • Time commitment:
      • Minimum 3h a week, consistent responsibilities, approximately 2h higher during event season
      • Recommended to be shared

    Faculty Lead(s)

    • Act as a Chapter representative in the academic community within post-secondary institutions in the region. 
    • Advocate for systemic movement to equality within course creation and process changes
    • Identify and implement areas for collaboration between academics and the local chapter. These “areas” are included, but not limited to: event speaking opportunities, research applicable to our work, new content creation that can be informed by the Women’s March lense, etc.
    • Identify the needs of female faculty
    • Time commitment:
      • Flexible, largely project dependent
      • Can be shared

    Student Lead(s)

    • Forge and nurture relationships with post-secondary clubs and organizations
    • Liaise with student volunteers
    • Booth at related on-campus events and demonstrations as a Women’s March Canada chapter representative
    • Represent and advocate for the student population  at chapter meetings
    • Time commitment:
      • Flexible, largely event dependent
      • Can be shared

    Membership Coordinator

    • Create content to draw more volunteers to the chapter
    • Assist Vice Chair and co-leads in volunteer management
    • Onboard new volunteers and familiarize them with Women’s March Canada chapter best practices and goals
    • Coordinate with team members to ensure Women’s March presence at community events
    • Time commitment:
      • Minimum 2h weekly, largely event dependent and peaks pre- and post-March (January 19th)
      • Recommended to be shared

    Lean In Coordinator(s)

    • Recruit and confirm presenters for monthly lunches based on discussion guides available on LeanIn.org
    • Confirm numbers for monthly lunches with Circle location (for lunch orders. if applicable)
    • Confirm room for each monthly lunch with Circle location
    • Update WMC website calendar, WMC facebook group for your area with upcoming Lunches, presentation topics, and presentation leads
    • Time commitment:
      • Minimum 5h monthly

    Other Roles May Include: 

    • Administration
    • Creative (Graphic Design, Photography, etc.)
    • Community Outreach (Advocacy, Social Media, etc.)
    • Student Outreach
    • Event Planning
    • Fundraising & Development
    • Finance
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  • donated 2019-01-16 12:44:34 -0500

    Donate

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    First, we marched. Now, we move forward.

    On January 21, 2017 thousands of Canadians, many of us waving signs and wearing pointy-eared pink hats, gathered in cities and towns across the country to show solidarity with the massive Women’s March in Washington.

    Women, and their allies, in Canada, came to march, speak and make our voices heard. But it doesn’t end here - now is not the time to hang up our marching shoes - it’s time to get our friends, family, and community together and make history.

    Today, our mission is to inspire, unite and lead the charge for the advancement of women across Canada. Our vision is to make equality of women in Canada the new norm.

    All dollars raised will support Women's March Canada efforts moving forward. At this time, Women's March Canada, while registered as a not for profit organization, is not a registered charity and we are unable to issue official donation receipts for income tax purposes.

    Our organization needs community support to keep going!

    Help us have consistent, year-round funding, donate monthly.

    Please march forward with us.

    Donate

  • @nancy_nancyjo tweeted link to Join our team. 2019-03-28 15:53:46 -0400

    Join our team

    Your time and skills are valuable to us.

    If you are looking for opportunities to give back to your community, meet new people, have new experiences, volunteering with the Women's March Canada could be the right place for you.

    Become a volunteer