Truro women receive International Relations Award 

Published on June 28, 2015
Linda MacDonald, left, and Jeanne Sarson were recipients of International Relations Awards during the Canadian Federation of University Women AGM in Quebec. During the past year, the women made international presentations on the prevention of violence against women and girls. 
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TRURO – Two members of the Truro Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) were recently honoured with International Relations Awards.

Linda MacDonald and Jeanne Sarson were recognized at the CFUW annual general meeting in Quebec City earlier this month.

MacDonald’s and Sarson’s work focused on the prevention of violence against women and girls. In particular, it centred on gaining the human right equality not to be subjected to torture that is perpetrated by private individuals or groups, such as that inflicted within families, by carers of children, human traffickers, pimps and pornographers.

During the past year, their international presentations meant networking with seven other non-governmental organizations based in Europe and the United States to present three educational panels at the United Nations in New York City during the meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women. The commission was developed in 1946, following the Second World War to promote women’s human rights equality in political, economic, social and educational fields. 

Last month, MacDonald and Sarson were at the United Nations headquarters in Vienna, Austria, during the meeting of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.  They presented an educational panel about torture and human trafficking that happens in family relationships.

While in Vienna, MacDonald and Sarson had the opportunity to meet with Gisela Wurm, member of the National Council of Austria and vice-president of the Council of Europe, to discuss the human right inequality that exists for women and girls who are tortured by private individuals or groups.

The CFUW in a national non-partisan self-funded non-governmental organization of more than 8,000 members, working nationally and globally for human rights equality and social justice for women and girls and to promote the equal right to education of girls to boys. 

Last year, members raised and awarded almost $1 million in educational scholarships. Truro club members participate in scholarship funding via a well-known book fair, which has been held for more than 50 years.