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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 19, Number 1, September 2006

Social justice conference: Remembering our rights

This conference on women’s struggle for justice and equality is being held on Remembrance Day weekend, November 10–12, 2006, in Creston, BC. The conference is sponsored by the BCTF Status of Women Social Justice Action Group.

This is an opportunity for feminists involved in their unions and/or their communities to come together to discuss the state of the rights of women in Canada since the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. By bringing together women from diverse backgrounds, the goal of the conference is to develop plans and actions to improve the rights of all women.

At the 49th Session of the United Nations Status of Women Commission, women from the developing world challenged those of us living in privileged countries to maintain and improve our status and rights because they need models of women’s emancipation if they are to improve their lot in their home nations. Canadian women have a responsibility to take action to ensure the rights of women worldwide.

Each local teachers’ association is entitled to send one social justice activist at BCTF expense. Other BCTF members may attend at local expense. Community members may attend on a first-come, first-registered basis. The registration fee for community and additional social justice contacts is $200, which will include all breakfasts and lunches and one dinner during the conference. Subsidies for community participants will be available as funding provides. Registration is limited so please submit your on-line registration early in September when the registration will be opened.

Keynote speakers confirmed to date are: Daphne Bramham, Vancouver Sun columnist, Shelagh Day, human rights activist, Carolyn Jessup, former Latter Day Saints member, and Mary Woo Sims, human rights activist.

Workshops will be offered on violence against women, workplace harassment, women in closed communities, women’s rights nationally and internationally, global education, assertive communication skills, and choosing our battles and planning to win.

For more information about the Remembering Our Rights conference, contact Jane Turner, Professional and Social Issues Division, BCTF, 604-871-1871 or jturner@bctf.ca.

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