National Action Committee on the Status of Women UpdateMonday, July 26 2010
NAC has been in the process of wrapping up the "How NAC Relates" project.
The purpose of this project was to receive input from women regarding the present needs of the women's movement, and to assess the need for a national equality-seeking women's organization like NAC.
During the project, NAC consulted nearly 400 equality-seeking women and women's organizations across the country through regional consultations and informal, one-on-one interviews. At the end of November, a national plenary was held, convening approximately 60 women. During the plenary, three different options pertaining to the future of NAC were tabled:
- The renewal of NAC, with a review of NAC's present structure, policies and by-laws.
- The shutting down of NAC, with NAC and its members simultaneously taking action to found a new national equality-seeking women's organization to take its place.
- The shutting down of NAC, without NAC and its members taking action to found a new national equality-seeking women's organization to take its place.
At the national plenary, and throughout the regional consultations, the resounding majority of women and women's organizations in attendance expressed the need for an organization like NAC. Furthermore, at the national plenary, the consensus of all the women gathered was that the need for a national equality-seeking women's organization was dire, and that therefore, option 3) (The shutting down of NAC, without NAC and its members taking action to found a new national women's organization to take its
place) should not be considered as a viable option.
There is a vital need for NAC to hold an Annual General Meeting, where NAC's membership can consider these three options, and decide its future. During the last day of NAC's three day plenary session, an AGM steering committee developed and since then it has been working on planning an AGM for the weekend of May 26th, 2006.
Women's equality-seeking women's organizations have experienced severe funding cuts over the last decade, and Canada's women's movement needs an independent national equality-seeking women's organization that will aid women's organizations in protecting the rights and interests of all women.
It is crucial at this time, that women's organizations band together, and decide if NAC or a 'NAC-like organization' is the vehicle they want. If the answer is yes, a national action platform must be determined.
The opportunity to revamp and revitalize NAC's role in the women's movement is an exciting one. The need and momentum is there. Please circulate this message widely. Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact NAC's head office at your earliest convenience.
203-234 Eglinton Avenue East
Toronto, ON M4P 1K5