Media advisory - Women get political at national conference

    OTTAWA, Nov. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Women members of the Public Service
Alliance of Canada (PSAC) from across Canada are meeting in Toronto from
November 23 to 25 to strategize and hone their political skills.
    The setting is the union's triennial national women's conference where
several hundred delegates will attend workshops and debate resolutions under
the theme Public Services...Pave the way to equality.
    Recent federal government policies and cutbacks have had a negative
impact on women's equality and human rights. PSAC women are working to build
the union's political capacity and to develop action plans to defend and
advance equality rights.
    A keynote panel discussion on the state of women's equality will feature
three activist women who are no strangers to the continuing struggle for
women's rights. Michèle Asselin, the President of the Fédération des femmes du
Québec (FFQ), was instrumental in the recent development of a Protocol of
Solidarity between the FFQ and the Femmes autochtones du Québec.
    Andrée Côté, recipient of the Quebec Bar Association's Christine Tourigny
Award for the advancement of women in the profession, was the Director of
Legislation for the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) for seven
years. NAWL was forced to close their offices this year as a result of a
Conservative government decision to put an end to the funding of women's
advocacy work.
    Paulette Senior, CEO of YWCA Canada, has spent years on the frontlines of
social and community work in some of Toronto's most disadvantaged
neighbourhoods and has become widely recognized as one of the most respected
and vocal women leaders in the country.
    PSAC National President John Gordon and Canadian Labour Congress
Executive Vice-President Barb Byers will also be addressing the conference.

    When:  November 23 to 25, 2007

    Where: Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Ontario

For further information:

For further information: and interviews: Alain Cossette, PSAC
Communications, (613) 560-4317, cell no. (613) 293-9210

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