Letter to NAWL Friends, Collaborators, and Advocates

NAWL is forced to lay off staff and shut down our office due to federal funding changes.

September 17th, 2007

Dear NAWL friends, collaborators, and advocates,

As a result of the Harper Government’s changes in funding policies to women’s groups, we have been forced to lay off staff and shut down our office. NAWL’s Board will keep the organization alive on a volunteer basis, but our capacity will be greatly diminished.

Thanks to the Canadian Federation of University Women, effective September 22nd, NAWL will have a desk and a computer at the following address: 251 Bank, suite 305, Ottawa, ON, K2P 1X3.
Tel: 613-241-7570, fax: 613-241-4657, e-mail: info@nawl.ca (no changes)

We are holding a Press Conference on September 20th at 11:00 am on Parliament Hill (Charles Lynch Room) to denounce the Government’s efforts to silence feminist women’s voices, as well as prevent civil society participation in federal law-making processes.

Go through Hill Security at Centre Block at 10:45 and head to Committee Room 160 (Aboriginal Peoples Room). We will watch the DIRECT TV FEED from the Charles Lynch Room. Two NAWL Representatives and three Status of Women critics will be speaking. They will join us for the LUNCH that follows.

We are hosting a (free) Solidarity Lunch to celebrate NAWL’s work and to mark this new phase in the life of the organization. Donations are welcome. If you are able to join us, please RSVP by Tuesday September 18th to Jackie Steele at info@nawl.ca. She will add your name to the LIST FOR HILL SECURITY.

Center Block, Room 160 (Aboriginal Peoples Room). Go through Hill Security at Centre Block at 11:45 and head to Committee Room 160.

Write a letter to Prime Minister Harper and your local MP to let them know you disagree with the Conservative Government’s decisions to
• eliminate all funding for feminist research, education and advocacy;
• silence the voices of feminist citizens;
• prevent feminist women and men from being heard on Parliament Hill, in the courts, and in democratic debates.
(Follow this link for a sample letter.)

Act NOW so that the current (and future) generations of girls will inherit the full legacy of over thirty years of feminist struggle in favour of equality.

Feel free to circulate this invitation to your networks.

In solidarity,

Alison Dewar
for the NAWL National Steering Committee 2007-08