National Council of Women of Canada :: Le Conseil national des femmes du Canada

National Council of
Women of Canada

This NGO (non-governmental organization) was founded in 1893, incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1914, and given national historic significance status on April 30th, 2001 by the Government of Canada. Since 1893 NCWC has been working to improve the lives of women, children and communities in Canada.

Helen Saravanamuttoo and Adele Muldoon from the Ottawa Council of Women supporting the Walk for Justice on Parliament Hill. Photo Credit: Anne Minh-Thu Quach, MP.

If you would like to join an organization for women that continues to make a difference, please contact the Local Council of Women in your area or contact us for more information.

We are pleased to announce the material on our web site on Women and Mental Health - the Common Program for all NCWC members for the period 2011-2013.

The very successful 119th Annual Meeting was held in Ottawa, May 31 to June 3rd, in Ottawa. Resolutions were debated and approved. An excellent program was offered "We Can Change Minds", with speakers from the Mental Health Commission, and the community.
At the Annual Meeting, members agreed to partner with Mindr Mobile in a special campaign - the launch of a new smart phone app for personal safety. Look at the "What's New Section" to see more and advantages for NCWC members.

We continually develop new policy on various issues and update old policy. Each year we send our Annual Brief to the Government, meet with MPs and Senators at various times throughout the year, and often appear as Witnesses before Standing Committees.

The National Council of Women of Canada works with two separate organizations with charitable status, the National Council of Women of Canda Development Organization (NCWCDO) and the National Council of Women of Canada Education Fund (NCWCEF) which is a major source of the ongoing research and education work of Council. Much of their current work is described in the Major Project section. NCWC and NCWCEF's very important work on projects such as this year's Women and Mental Health project benefits from your financial donation. The Development Organization funds small projects doing international development.

NCWCEF and NCWCDO can now accept on line donations to these funds, and you will receive a charitable receipt. NCWCEF supports the operation of NCWC, so we especially appreciate your financial support at this time.

NCWC is a national affiliate member of the International Council of Women, (ICW) which has Consultative Status (Category I) at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The new ICW President is Cosima Schenk.

NCWC has Consultative Status (Category II) at the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Each year we send a delegation to the meetings of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March. You can read our 2013 Blog here. The theme of the 2 week 2013 CSW meetings, March 4 to March 15, 2013, is Elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.

For the past two years, NCWC has been working on a joint project with the National Council of Women of Canada Education Fund called the Water/Energy Connections Project, kindly funded by the Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation. Much work has been done over the last two years including a survey on water/energy use.There are six NCWC Education Fund newsletters, The Conserver , and the Brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Environment and Sustainable Development re the Oil Sands and Water Resources. was given August 2009. We are pleased to announce the new Common Program for NCWC, in conjuction with NCWCEF, - Women and Mental Health.

For the history of NCWC there are two books we recommend:
. Proud Heritage. Rosa Shaw. Ryerson Press
. Splendid Vision - Centennial History of the National Council of Women of Canada. Naomi Griffiths. Carlton Press. 1993.

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