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ncjwc annual general meeting 2011

The National Council of Jewish Women of Canada welcomed Manitoba MP Joy Smith and International Council of Jewish Women President Sharon Gustafson to their annual general meeting in Winnipeg on October 24, 2011.  

Smith presented  her private member’s bill to enable Canadian traffickers of women and children, charged abroad,  to be extradicted to Canada. The bill has earned all party support in the Commons and resonated with the NCJWC delegates.  They confirmed their priority of working against the trafficking of women and children in Canada and abroad.  Gustafson clarified international efforts on this issue that ICJW supports in European and Latin American capitals and with the United Nations’ NGO forum on women.

Marni Besser, who resides in Calgary and formerly lived in Vancouver and Ottawa, was installed as the new NCJWC National President. She spoke about her commitment to advocacy, to expanding the support NCJWC offers to the disadvantaged, and especially to the issue of trafficking.

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Delegates to the meeting from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Toronto represented hundreds of members of Council in cities across Canada. They challenged the government’s maternal health initiative, reaffirmed their support for Jewish genetic screening, confirmed partnerships with community social action agencies in both the secular and Jewish communities, and supported reforming Jewish divorce practices where inequities exist.

Pictured here (l to r): Dianne Gloass, outgoing President of NCJWC, Sharon Gustafson, ICJW President, and Marni Besser, incoming NCJWC President.