In Milton, 2017 was the first year that local women gathered for an annual march through the downtown to recognise International Women’s Day.Mayor Gord Krantz encouraged those present to “Capture the moment! A first only happens once in a lifetime. Today is a small part of something global. How do mighty oak trees grow? We plant a little seed.”
CFUW Milton and District (formerly the University Women’s Club of Milton) was founded 55 years ago in 1962.
With reference to press releases from Canadian Federation of University Women, Milton and District: March 8th was International Women’s Day globally, ‘celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.’ Gathering together on that day at the Town Hall with other interested people were women from CFUW Milton and District. “This group is part of a national non-profit, non-partisan organization of women committed to raising the social and legal status of women and girls and advocating on issues related to human rights, education, the environment, social justice and peace.” A well-known and respected retired teacher Marg Gray was present with the group of over 30 women at the beginning of the event. She is one of the charter members of the CFUW. Mayor Krantz said he had met Marg Gray the previous day in town and she reminded him then that they had a date.
The Mayor began by saying: “One of the things I was born with was a reasonably good voice. Milton doesn’t have a town crier so I stand in for one occasionally: “I do so here proclaim Wednesday March 8th 2017 CFUW Milton and District Day in the Town of Milton!” After several photos were taken of the group, armed with banners, the women marched through downtown Milton to raise awareness about this years’ theme: Gender Parity.
Further excerpts from the CFUW Milton and District press releases: “The World Economic Forum predicts that globally, the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. Canada has fallen from 30th to 35th place in the most recent gender gap ranking by the world Economic Forum. This is not acceptable. On International Women’s Day, everyone is asked to #BeBoldForChange. Each one of us can be a leader within our own sphere of influence by taking bold pragmatic action to accelerate gender parity.”
Locally the CFUW Milton and District club has been involved with many fund raising and community partnership endeavours. One popular event is their annual used book sale that has been held for 44 years to raise funds for scholarships for young women pursuing post-secondary education.
from their brochure: cfuw is one of Canada’s leading Women’s organisations, with close to 10,000 members in 112 clubs across Canada. Our members are college and university graduates, post-secondary students and any woman who supports the goals of cfuw.
cfuw values and seeks a diverse membership.” www.cfuwmilton.ca