The National Council major project, Securing Our Future, was an important project looking at women’s economic security that involved our Local and Provincial Councils. There have been several community consultations during the last year, and the final summary report is provided here, for your information.
Toolkits have also been produced, with input from our national and community round tables and think tank consultations. The toolkits include:
- Securing Our Future Final Report
- Poster Presentation
- The Money Game (group exercise)
- It’s in the Cards Game (group or individual exercise)
If you are interested in receiving a toolkit, contact us.
As well, National Council of Women of Canada would like to bring the following resources to your attention:
The Women and the Economy Video — “Banging the Door Down: Women and the Economy.”
Manitoba women talk about their paid and unpaid experiences in the economy and share their stories of survival and ideas for change. Suitable for ages 12+. Length – 26 minutes, Cost $5 for individuals, $10 for organization.
Women & the Economy Web Site
A comprehensive site with articles, statistics, and activities on paid and unpaid work, the wage gap, child care, economics 101, women and globalization,women and poverty, alternatives, and more. Featuring stories of Manitoba women.
Women & the Economy Resource Book
- A two-part revised version of the web site in book format
- Book One: 120 pages Book Two: 80 pages
- Cost per book: $10 for individuals, $15 for organizations
- A two-part set: $18 for individuals, $25 for organizations
To order any of these resources, please mail your payment (cheque, money order) to: UNPAC P.O., Box 36 Station L, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0Z4
For more information, contact email@example.com
Securing Our Future was a Project of the National Council of Women of Canada with funding from Status of Women Canada and the Social Development Partnerships Program of Human Resources Development Canada. Special thanks to Wendy Atkin for her commitment to this project.
NCWC Major Project – Securing Our Future
Securing Our Future, a project of the National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC), has completed a year of strategic actions funded by Status of Women Canada and Human Resources Development Canada in 2000-2001. The project was conducted with the guidance and support of a 9-person NCWC Advisory Committee and in collaboration with the NCWC Board of Directors and Staff,including the Project Coordinator and Local Councils of Women across Canada.
Securing Our Future was initiated in 1998 by NCWC members who were inspired by the British project The Economics of Later Life, which focused on the continuing problem of poverty among older women. In 1999, momentum was created and six local councils attended a Provincial Council of Women of Ontario-sponsored meeting on Securing Our Future and NCWC subsequently initiated think tank discussion groups on women’s economic security with all of its members. With government support, NCWC was able to continue identifying issues and broaden the discussion to include other national women’s equality seeking organizations and younger women in the think tank consultation. These issues helped form the agenda for round table meetings.
An important activity of Securing Our Future was the National Roundtable(NRT), held on Saturday, June 9, 2001 in Vancouver, B.C. at the University of British Columbia Conference Centre in conjunction with the 108th Annual General Meeting of NCWC. Over 100 women shared their experiences and expertise and helped to create an agenda for the community roundtables. Prior to the NRT, two Local Councils held Securing Our Future events. The first Windsor Women’s Fair was a lively carousel of workshops and exhibits from a wide range of women engaged in advocacy, business, education, health and thelaw. London’s “Independent Woman” roundtable provided an opportunity to pilot the round table format that was used at the NRT.
Securing Our Future produced a number of documents that were intended to mobilize communities and inspire discussions among women about their economic security. This summary of the Final Report and its accompanying Strategy Guide will continue the circulation of ideas and inspiration for women to promote economic security in their communities and was released nationally at the 109th Annual General Meeting of NCWC, June 1, 2002 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
This project was administered collaboratively by NCWC members and staff,along with government and private sector partners. Volunteers initiated Securing Our Future in 1998 and developed a funding proposal with then Executive Director Hannah Service and other staff, including Administrator Catherine Tillsley. Once the proposal was approved by Status of Women Canada and later Human Resources Development Canada, funding was available to hire a full-time project coordinator, Wendy Atkin, to coordinate and support Securing Our Future activities in conjunction with the Advisory Committee chaired by Margaret MacGee of London, Ontario.
Summary of Key Issues Tabled at the National Round Table
- Recognize Older Women’s Contributions
- Gender analysis tax system
- Rising number of older women in poverty
- Mentor immigrant women
- Guaranteed annual income
- Skills building: how to live longer on less
- Invest In Young People
- Life and communication skills
- Safe houses and communities
- National Child Care Program
- Social and Recreational Resources
- Education = A Job = Future Security
- Ease student debt load
- Supportive Social Policy
- Gender based analysis of social policy
- Affordable housing
- Quality, affordable, accessible, publicly funded child care
- Keep women’s networks strong
- Healthy Communities
- Social determinants of health
- Clean environments
- Empowering/healing for Aboriginal Women
- Universal access to health care services
- Gender specific prevention strategies
Top Priorities and Opportunities
- Make proceedings available to participants
- Popularize the strategies through the media and our networks
- World Conference Against Racism (summer 2001)
- Bring older and younger women together in the community round tables
- National Council of Women of Canada to act on National Round table ideas
- Advocate on the Social Union Framework Agreement (SUFA) review
- Advocate on Child Benefit review
- Contribute to Pay Equity Committee hearings, Custody and Access Committee hearing
- Unionization: acknowledge contribution to women’s employment equity, career potential
- Community responsibility: promote inter-generational contacts