CFUW News


CFUW News & Updates

November 4, 2015

In This Issue

Nominations Open

Club in a Bag

CFUW USB Sticks

Celebrating 100 Years of CFUW History

Women on the March

CFUW Club News

GWI Webinar

GWI Updates

Important

 Dates


November 5, 2015

CFUW Webinar:

Power up your Membership - ways to increase and energize your members

November 9, 2015

Fellowships and Awards Deadline extended.


November 13, 2015

100th Anniversary Scholarship Project Survey due


November 27, 2015

Call for Delegates - United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) 

Check out our new Facebook Page

 Help us spread the word by sharing our page with your networks!

 

We are now on Twitter


Follow us at: @CFUWFCFDU 


Nominations are now open for all CFUW Board positions and Regional Directorpositions.


To: All CFUW Club Presidents 

From: Grace Stapleton, Chair, CFUW Nominations Committee

Date: October 30, 2015

ALL Club members are strongly encouraged to consider CFUW governance and nominate interested members who are qualified for a position.

 

Nominations for a regional position (Regional Vice President or Regional Director) must come from clubs in the region.

Nominations for President, VP Finance, VP Advocacy, VP Membership, VP International Relations, and VP Education may come from any club. 

A nominee for President must have served at least one term on the Board of Directors, or as a Regional Director, or as Chair of a Standing Committee. The President may hold that office for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

 

Board members may serve on the Board for a maximum of three consecutive terms.

 

The Nominations Form is available on the CFUW Member Resources website. 

The form can also be downloaded directly here.

 

Note that all nominations must come from a club. The date of the meeting at which the

members approved the motion on the nomination should be on the form. Contact information should be provided for the nominee, as well as for two executive members of the nominating club.  The nominee should be familiar with the job description of the position for which she is nominated. (Job descriptions are on the CFUW Member Resource website.) Nominees are also asked to provide a one-page letter of introduction. This letter will be posted on the CFUW members only website.

 

Nominations will be accepted until February 15, 2016.


If more than one candidate is nominated for the same position, an election will be held 

-  at the AGM in June 2016 for positions on the CFUW Board

-  by electronic voting (from March 16 to April 11) for Regional Director positions. 

If an election is required, clubs entitled to vote will be notified by February 24, 2016. Ballots will be sent to these clubs.

 

Club Voting Privileges are described in Bylaws 16, 17, and 18 of the CFUW Articles and Bylaws.

 

Nominations from the floor at the AGM


Nominations will be accepted from the floor at the AGM in June 2016 for any Board of Director position and any unfilled Regional Director position. Nominees must be in attendance, have the completed Nomination Form and letter of introduction in both print and electronic format. Elections, if required, will take place at a designated time and place.

 

For more information contact Grace Stapleton, Chair, CFUW Nominations Committee

<ges@nl.rogers.com>; 709 754 6065.

Club in a Bag USB


Club Presidents will be receiving their Club in a Bag USB stick shortly (if it has not already arrived). If you have not received the drive by November 9, 2015, please contact Elizabeth Whyte, Member Services Coordinator at cfuwgen@rogers.com or call the toll-free number: 1-888-220-9606 ext 101. 


Please note that only one USB drive is available to be sent to each Club. In the event that a Club wishes a second drive, we are able to transfer the materials onto a drive and send it to you for a cost of  $12 each. 

CFUW USB Sticks


CFUW is now offering 8 GB USB sticks with the CFUW logo as part of our merchandise available for purchase. Each stick will cost $10, including shipping to your location. These USB's are blank so your Club or member can use it for any number of things. If you have any questions about the USB sticks please don't hesitate to ask Elizabeth Whyte at cfuwgen@rogers.com

Celebrating 100 years of CFUW History


Members of the CFUW History Committee are inviting clubs and also individual members to email me with your ideas to be included in a list we will prepare and circulate entitled "Celebrating our CFUW History". 

(Please note: this list should not include scholarships as this information will be collected separately).

 

Projects could focus on CFUW at the Club level or CFUW from a national perspective. They could be projects your club has done already or they could be new ideas. Once your contributions have been received, collated and distributed, clubs can use this resource in planning programs leading up to 2019 and the 100th Anniversary of CFUW. Please include the name of your club when you email us. We look forward to receiving your creative ideas! To get the list started, here are some ideas from the History Committee that focus on local clubs and their communities.


Thanks,


Grace Hollett, Co-chair CFUW History Committee

graceh@nl.rogers.com

 

  • Arrange to have a display of a selection of your club archives. If they are stored in a public place such as a university or library this could be done at their location.  If your archival materials are still residing with a club member they could be displayed, with due care, by your club. 
  • If your club materials are not stored in an accessible safe location, plan to have the materials collected and stored.
  • Interview senior members of your club about some aspect of your Club History. (Video or audiotape.)
  • Prepare a History Board about some achievements of CFUW at the local or national level. Display it in a public place.
  • Present public education session(s) involving prominent local women (e.g. artists, politicians or writers) that would raise visibility for your club in the community. At the same time have an information (poster) board showing your club's community involvement over the years." 
  • Research your Club History and write and perform skits about some highlights. One club did this for each decade since 1945 and accompanied skits with music and singing from that period.  
  • Update, write, or make plans to write your Club History or a period of that History

While you are preparing your response to this request could Club presidents, or a representative, send me an email saying where your Club archives are stored?

CFUW Fredericton Women On the March - the 2015 World March of Women New Brunswick


In July 2015 a group of women representing a number of organizations came together to form the 2015 World March of Women New Brunswick Committee (referred to as the Committee). Thus began the planning for the march which would occur on October 17, a day when women around the world march in solidarity to bring attention to the need to eliminate the causes of poverty and violence against women. The World March of Women website states: "Their values and actions are directed at making political, economic and social change, centered around the globalization of solidarity . . ."

Read the full article here. 

CFUW Club News


In Appreciation for CFUW Clubs Putting on All Candidates Meetings


We wanted to take a moment to thank all the CFUW Clubs for putting on so many great All Candidates meetings. CFUW Clubs organized meetings across this country to help inform voters. This is crucial work in the electoral process and we want to express our gratitude for their hard work.  


University Women present bursaries to eight students

The Delta Optimist

The Canadian Federation of University Women-South Delta presented its annual bursaries to eight local women at a meeting earlier this week.
 

This year's high school winners of $1,000 each are Brianna Grayson, a recent graduate of South Delta Secondary who is now attending SFU, and Rachel Hislop-Hook, a Delta Secondary graduate who is attending university in Edmonton. Read the full article here.

Persons Day Breakfast remembers Famous Five

Lethbridge Herald

The third annual Persons Day Breakfast sponsored by the Canadian Federation of University Women and the Lethbridge Regional Women's Committee of the Public Service Alliance of Canada was held Wednesday, Oct. 14 at the Lethbridge Lodge-Anton's. Read the full article here. 

GWI News

GWI Webinar


Webinar: International Women's Day, 19 November

This webinar, for members only, will provide an introduction to International Women's Day (IWD) and how to be involved in this year's GWI campaign for the day. IWD is an important occasion in the global calendar for girls' and women's empowerment and provides an opportunity for GWI, together with our members, to advocate for girls' and women's lifelong education. Details on this year's theme will be outlined in the webinar. 

 

Date and time: 19 November at 09:30 Central European Time (CET) and repeated at 17:30 CET. Please check your local time here: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

Duration: 1 hour

Who should participate? All members who are new to advocacy or would like a refresher.

How do I register? Register online for the 09:30 CET webinar here and for the 17.30 CET webinar here.

 

What do I need to participate?

A computer, tablet or smartphone, internet connection, headphones or speakers, and a microphone if you would like to give comments and ask questions orally (there is also a "chat" function to type your question).

GWI Updates

 

 

 

November 4, 2015

 

 

 

October 28, 2015

 

 

CFUW News & Updates

October 23, 2015

 

In This Issue

One Page Overview CFUW/GWI

CFUW and GWI: The Past, Present and Future

CFUW Welcomes New Advocacy Coordinator

CFUW Club Survey

CFUW Webinar - Power up your Membership

Call out - Club Celebrations of Women's History Month

Felloship Poster 2015

CFUW Club News

GWI President's Letter

GWI 32nd Triennial Conference

GWI Updates

Important

Dates

 

November 2, 2015

Fellowships and Awards Applications Due.

 

November 5, 2015 

CFUW Webinar:

Power up your Membership - ways to increase and energize your members

 

November 13, 2015

100th Anniversary Scholarship Project Survey due

 

November 27, 2015

Call for Delegates - United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) 

 

Check out our new Facebook Page

Help us spread the word by sharing our page with your networks!

 

We are now on Twitter

 

Follow us at: @CFUWFCFDU 


Going Forward: One Page Overview CFUW/GWI formally IFUW


President's Memo #1:

 

The CFUW Board is exercising due diligence and undertaking a review of CFUW's relationship with IFUW/GWI. Activities that are underway are: 

 

1. The Formal Evaluation: 

 

Members' questions will be the basis of fact sheets, which will continue to be developed as we receive them. They can be found here on the public website

 

The formal evaluation process is outlined HERE. 

 

2. An online discussion will take place over the course of the year with moderators Chitra Chopra, past resolution chair and past VP Quebec (UWC Montreal Lakeshore) and Brenda Wallace, past National President (CFUW Regina). It is a chat room discussion where members pose questions and share comments. To access the forum, go to www.cfuwforum.org.

 

CFUW has posed a number of questions to GWI on various topics and their answers may be found here on the public website. The latest responses from GWI are dated August 2015.

 

You can access information about CFUW administrative procedures regarding GWI/IFUW on page 50 of the Administration Manual which can be found on the CFUW Member Resource Website at www.cfuwadmin.org.

 

Budget information about CFUW's financial support for IFUW delegates is listed in the Financial Policies which are found on the CFUW Member Resource Website at www.cfuwadmin.org.

 

Please forward any questions that have not been addressed in the Fact Sheets or online discussion to Robin Jackson, Executive Director: cfuwed@rogers.com.

CFUW and IFUW/GWI: The Past, Present and Future


President's Memo #2:

 

CFUW and IFUW - the International Federation of University Women have a long shared history. In fact, through the membership of Canadian members in the American Association of Collegiate Alumni (AACA), CFUW was present at the founding meeting and is considered one of the three founding members with the AACA and the British Federation of University Women. 

 

CFUW is the largest of the national federates of IFUW with 8293 of the 22,790 members (2014 numbers). 

 

IFUW is undergoing a rebranding: After 96 years, the name was changed from IFUW to GWI - Graduate Women International. The GWI website says "2015 marked an exciting chapter for the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) when it relaunched under the new title of Graduate Women International (GWI):

 

- A new website was launched: www.graduatewomen.org

 

- The format of the upcoming triennial, in Cape Town, South Africa was changed to a business meeting/conference style. 

 

IFUW/GWI is headquartered in Geneva and dues to IFUW/GWI are paid in Swiss francs. In January 2015, the Swiss franc was unpegged from the Euro and, since that date, has fluctuated but generally upwards. The Canadian dollar has also fluctuated but generally downwards. This means an increase in the funds CFUW has to submit to GWI to cover membership dues. 

 

The CFUW Board has committed to exercising due diligence and undertaking a review of CFUW's relationship with IFUW/GWI. Our 8000+ members from across the country have varying degrees of knowledge about the two organizations. This process will bring factual data to our members on the relationship and evolution of both organizations and their current profiles. Club presidents will be the frontline in sharing information with club members but they are not expected to know all the answers. Club presidents have access to resources for members to find further information. 

 

CFUW is moving forward with a knowledge based process that engages our members in the dialogue. First, there was a session at the June AGM in Quebec City in which participants were invited to submit questions. We continue to get questions. Questions which have been researched and their responses are posted through News and Updates and are up on the website. To date, three fact sheets have been released. 

 

The discussion forum has been opened - all members of CFUW are invited to share thoughts and comments about the relationship between CFUW and GWI/IFUW. 

 

Chitra Chopra, past resolution chair and past VP Quebec (UWC Montreal Lakeshore) and Brenda Wallace, past National President (CFUW Regina) will be moderating the forum and will post one or two new questions every few weeks. It is a chat room discussion where members pose questions and the moderators reply. The forum can be accessed at www.cfuwforum.org. This will continue until March when a document will be produced with the comments from the forum. The first question to be discussed is: What does being a member of GWI mean to you? 

 

Club Presidents are asked to: 

  • Encourage members to register on the discussion forum  
  • Share the fact sheets with club members through club websites and newsletters  
  • Watch for updates and new information  
  • Direct members to use the official channels for information. 

 

I look forward to receiving information about the rich and open communication that will take place in this process. I thank you for your work and support on behalf of CFUW.

 

Doris Mae Oulton

CFUW Welcomes  New Advocacy Coordinator

 

Maddie Webb joins CFUW as the new Advocacy Coordinator. Maddie's experience is in strategic communications and campaign coordination for gender-based initiatives. Since completing her degree in Political Science from Queen's University, she has worked on projects for The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights and Make Every Woman Count. Maddie is passionate about equality, and is looking forward to working with CFUW Clubs to achieve great things for women in Canada. 

CFUW Club Survey

 

We invite you to participate in this short survey on three key priorities:

 

1. Club Plans for the 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project

 

2. Club Interest in Reporting Donations For Other Initiatives

 

3. Club Interest in New Fundraising Program

 

This survey will take you about ten minutes to complete. Please submit the survey by November 13th, 2015. 

 

If you are not responsible for all of these areas please share the survey questions and collaborate on the final response with all relevant CFUW Club Executive members.

 

Thank you very much for taking the time to participate in this survey. We appreciate it. 

 

Participate in the survey here.

CFUW Webinar Series

 

Power up you Membership - ways to increase and energize your members 

Presented by Brenda Canitz. President CFUW Victoria

CFUW clubs need to stay in step with modern expectations of where members want to invest their time and energy. This presentation will challenge you to think about what resources you can activate to stimulate and energize your mandate and membership. 

 

Date: Thursday November 5th @ 6:30 CST (3:30 PST) - one hour long.

 

Register: To register for this webinar please email Elizabeth Whyte at cfuwgen@rogers.com.

Call out to CFUW Clubs - How are you celebrating Women's History Month

 

We at CFUW National Office want to know all the different ways Clubs are celebrating Women's History Month! Send us a note, pictures, or thoughts on what your Club has organized to honour women's history. Send your information to Maddie Webb, Advocacy Coordinator at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com

Share the 2015 Fellowships Poster

 

Download the updated Fellowships Poster and share the information with students in your community. The Application deadline is November 2, 2015. You can order copies of this poster by emailing Elizabeth Whyte - Member Services Coordinator at cfuwgen@rogers.com

 

Download poster:

 

English version of the Poster

 

French version of the Poster

CFUW Club News

 

Four CFUW Members Elected to the House of Commons!

An impressive four members of CFUW were elected as Members of Parliament on Monday. We want to congratulate them all on their hard work and success! We look forward to working with Elizabeth May, Karina Gould, Brenda Shanahan, and Karen McCrimmon in their roles as MPs. 

 

CFUW West Vancouver is Charity of the Month

Neighbours of Dundarave

 

CFUW West Vancouver was highlighted in the community magazine as charity of the month. Read the full article here.


Library sale attracts many

Castanet.net


The event is organized by Kelowna Friends of the Library, an organization that started in the late 1980s by the local branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women.

 

Susan Morrison was one of the original 14 women who got it off the ground.

 

"We wanted to show support at City Council for a new library," Morrison said. "It's way bigger than it used to be." Read the full article here.

 

GWI News

GWI President's Letter

 

Dear All,

As GWI moves forward to change, it is inevitable that there will be associations who join and others that leave. Change can be difficult for many, especially in a fast moving world where change happens at a much faster pace than we are used to. In any change process there are groups that adopt change actively, those that resist change actively and those that passively adopt or resist change.  This is normal.  


Read the full letter here.

GWI 32nd Triennial Conference 21-26 August, 2016 - Early Registration Now Open

 

Graduate Women International's 32nd triennial conference in Cape Town, South Africa, in August 2016, is a leading conference focusing on the confluence of education, gender and human rights. For more information download the poster HERE.

GWI Updates

 

 

 

 

October 21, 2015



CFUW News & Updates

October 14, 2015

In This Issue

National Mentorship Pilot Prgoram

UNCSW Call for Delegates

Celebrating CFUW History

Felloship Poster 2015

GWI Decides Against Winnipeg for 2019 Triennial

Post your Club Newsletter on Member Resources Website

CFUW Club News

GWI Updates

Check out our new Facebook Page

 Help us spread the word by sharing our page with your networks!

 

We are now on Twitter


Follow us at: @CFUWFCFDU 


CFUW National Mentorship Pilot Program -Extension until October 19 to Register


CFUW has a mandate to support lifelong learning for women. In particular, CFUW's policies: 


- Promote high standards of public education in Canada, advanced study and research by women, and sound concept of life-long learning.

 

- Advocate for the advancement of the status of women, human rights and the common good locally, nationally and internationally.

 

- Promote cooperation, networking, support and understanding among women.

 

- Encourage and enable women to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision-making in all aspects of the political, social, cultural, educational and scientific fields.

 

Women represent the majority of young university graduates but are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) fields. In the political arena, women lag behind men significantly.  There are still too few women in politics and women who do break through report hostile environments that force them to shorten their political careers.  A thoughtful, committed mentor who is prepared to walk alongside an ambitious woman can make all the difference in her achieving her goals. 

 

Based on its work to promote women's leadership and economic empowerment, CFUW is launching a national Mentorship Pilot Program that will focus on three areas: women in the STEM fields; CFUW members who have leadership portfolios and women who are interested in entering the field of politics.  

 

CFUW will be instituting a Mentorship Award which will be given to a CFUW/FCFDU individual member(s), group, or Club in recognition of efforts in mentoring women and/or girls in the STEM fields and Politics. The Award will also recognize mentorship efforts to women who have a portfolio of responsibility within the organization. The criteria and form is found on the Member Resource website www.cfuwadmin.orgunder Club Awards and Grants.

 

CFUW will connect mentor and mentee in similar fields of interest and facilitate the first contact. If you have always wanted to be a mentor or you would like to be connected to a mentor, please contact Robin Jackson, Executive Director, 613-234-8252, ext. 102, cfuwed@rogers.com at the national office by October 19, 2015.  Your "yes" charts the way forward.  Let's make a difference together.

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) March 14 - 24, 2016


Call for Delegates


The sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women, will be held from March 14 - 24 2016 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. 

 

The Priority theme of the session will be Women's empowerment and its link to sustainable development. The Review theme is: the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls (agreed conclusions from the fifty-seventh session).  See more HERE. 

 

If you are interested in being part of the CFUW delegation, we would ask you to send your name by November 27, 2015 to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com

 

Delegates must arrange for their own transportation and accommodation at their own expense. It should be noted that the UN allows CFUW a limited number of participants so we may not be able to accommodate everyone. Additional information in the form of  FAQs may be found here.

Celebrating 100 Years of CFUW History


Members of the CFUW History Committee are inviting Clubs and individual members to email me with your ideas to be included in a list we will prepare and circulate entitled "Celebrating our CFUW History". (Please note: information on 100th Anniversary Scholarship Projects will be collected separately).  Projects could focus on CFUW at the Club level or CFUW from a national perspective. They could be projects your Club has done already or they could be new ideas. Once your contributions have been received, collated and distributed, clubs can use this resource in planning programs leading up to 2019 and the 100th Anniversary of CFUW. Please include the name of your club when you email us. We look forward to receiving your creative ideas! To get the list started, here are some ideas from the History Committee that focus on local clubs and their communities.


Thanks,


Grace Hollett, Co-chair CFUW History Committee

graceh@nl.rogers.com

 

  • Arrange to have a display of a selection of your club archives. If they are stored in a public place such as a university or library this could be done at their location.  If your archival materials are still residing with a club member they could be displayed, with due care, by your club.
  • If your Club materials are not stored in an accessible safe location, plan to have the materials collected and stored.
  • Interview senior members of your Club about some aspect of your Club History. (Video or audiotape.)
  • Prepare a History Board about some achievements of CFUW at the local or national level. Display it in a public place.
  • Present public education session(s) involving prominent local women (e.g. artists, politicians or writers) that would raise visibility for your Club in the community. At the same time have an information (poster) board showing your Club's community involvement over the years." 
  • Research your Club History and write and perform skits about some highlights. One Club did this for each decade since 1945 and accompanied skits with music and singing from that period.  
  • Update, write, or make plans to write your Club History or a period of that History

While you are preparing your response to this request could Club presidents, or a representative, send me an email saying where your Club archives are stored? 

Share the 2015 Fellowships Poster


Download the new Fellowships Poster and share the information with students in your community. The Application deadline is November 2, 2015.

Download the:

English version of the Poster

French version of the Poster

IFUW/GWI Decides Against Holding its 100th Anniversary 2019 Triennial in Winnipeg


In 2014, CFUW was asked by President Catherine Bell to host the 2019 IFUW/GWI 100th birthday conference to take place in Winnipeg in conjunction with CFUW's 100th AGM.  In response to a subsequent letter on the matter of CFUW hosting the GWI conference, Danièle Castle, the ED of GWI, has written "we are not considering Manitoba as a possible venue, because while it is in the centre of the continent of one of our founding members, it is not a bucket list destination"


Given that Manitoba is home of the internationally   renowned Canadian Human Rights Museum attracting visitors from all over the world, we were surprised and disappointed at this response. 

Want your Newsletter on the New Member Resources Website ? We Can Post it!


If your Club would like to have their newsletter posted on the new Member Resources Website we will post it. Just send along a pdf version of your newsletter to Elizabeth Whyte, Member Services Coordinator via email cfuwgen@rogers.com. We will upload it to the Club News section of the website. 

CFUW Club News


Town hall meeting to address violence against women

Richmond News


Last year, in B.C. alone, the provincial coroner recorded 14 cases of spousal homicide and that does not include deaths of children, the suicide that often follows a spouse's killing, or the hundreds of victims who suffer mental and physical injury.

Concerned citizens can find out how they can help prevent this damage at a town hall meeting in Richmond featuring the founding co-chair of Prevention of Violence Canada, Shannon Turner. READ MORE.

Saskatchewan promotes women in university

Humbolt Journal


Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Day took place on Sept. 14, and through it, the Saskatchewan government hopes to raise awareness about not only women in university, but everyone trying to attend post-secondary.

"CFUW Day is really about awareness, and the awareness to have the accessibility to our post-secondary institutions," said Scott Moe, the advanced education minister for Saskatchewan. READ MORE.

GWI News

GWI Updates

 

 

 

October 14, 2015 

 

October 7, 2015 

 

September 30,2015

 

 

CFUW News & Updates

September 16, 2015

 

In This Issue

President's Memo

Fact Sheet #1

Fact Sheet #2

Operation Connect

Member Resource Website

CFUW National Alumnae

CFUW Club News

GWI Updates

Check out our new Facebook Page

Help us spread the word by sharing our page with your networks!

 

We are now on Twitter

 

Follow us at: @CFUWFCFDU 


Going Forward: One Page Overview CFUW/GWI formally IFUW


President's Memo #1: 


The CFUW Board is exercising due diligence and undertaking a review of CFUW's relationship with IFUW/GWI. Activities that are underway are: 


1. The Formal Evaluation:

Members' questions have informed the creation of two fact sheets. They can be found on the public website at: http://www.fcfdu.org/en-ca/aboutus/ifuw-gwi/ifuw-gwigoingforward.aspx or by clicking here

The formal evaluation process is outlined at 
http://www.fcfdu.org/en-ca/aboutus/annualgeneralmeetings/2015agmandconference.aspor by clicking here.

2. An online discussion will take place over the course of the year with moderators Chitra Chopra, past resolution chair and past VP Quebec (CFUW Montreal Inc.) and Brenda Wallace, past National President (CFUW Regina). It is a chat room discussion where members pose questions and the moderators reply. To access the forum, go to 
www.cfuwforum.org

CFUW has posed a number of questions to GWI on various topics and their answers may be found on the public website at 
http://www.fcfdu.org/en-ca/aboutus/ifuw-gwi/ifuw-gwigoingforward.aspx. The latest responses from GWI are dated August 2015. 

Club Presidents may access information about CFUW administrative procedures regarding IFUW on page 50 of the Administration Manual which can be found on the CFUW Member Resource Website at 
www.cfuwadmin.org.

Budget information about CFUW's financial support for IFUW delegates is listed in the Financial Policies which are found on the CFUW Member Resource Website at 
www.cfuwadmin.org.

Please forward any questions that have not been addressed in the Fact Sheets or online discussion to Robin Jackson, Executive Director: cfuwed@rogers.com.

Fact Sheet #1


Overview of GWI/IFUW 


The formation of IFUW began with activity on both sides of the Atlantic. In 1882 the American Association of Collegiate Alumni (AACA) was formed and in 1907 the British Federation of University Women followed. Canada was being wooed by both the British and American organizations to become part of the growing interest in an international federation but there appears to have been several difficulties, such as travel, which delayed the process. At the urgent request of the Americans, ten Toronto members joined the AACA and in 1918, and while attending the American convention, Miss Skinner (Toronto) became part of Dean Virginia Gildersleeve's active campaign for an international organization. Miss Rose Sidgewick and Dr. Caroline Spurgeon were the advocates in Britain and, having pursued Canada to form a national organization, under the energetic Margaret McWIlliams, from the Winnipeg Club, Canadian Federation of University Women was formed in August 1919. Earlier that year, on July 11, 1919, with two representatives from the Toronto Club, the International Federation of University Women was established. By 1920 there were eight organized national federations (this was the official date of Canada joining IFUW) as part of IFUW. In 1924, at the Oslo conference, the Norwegian women presented a pin with the lamp of learning to the delegates and that was, subsequently, adopted as the official badge (becoming the lamp of friendship). Conferences were held every two years until 1926, when the format was changed to the current triennium system. 


There has been an ebb and flow in the development of committees within IFUW, affiliations, such as with the League of Nations, evolved, governments refused to have some affiliates join or dictated which of their national women's organizations could join. Early in its history, some federates were questioned by IFUW about their statutes, and in 1934 IFUW embedded in its constitution that only one federate per country would be accepted for membership and that the organization could not debar qualified members because of race, religion or political opinions. Political considerations throughout the years have meant that some national organizations have left (or 'faded'); war played havoc with membership, but members were a resilient lot and creative arrangements were made. During World War II, IFUW members became adept at supporting their colleagues in other countries - even so far as noting that they felt responsible for all university women in exile or otherwise in distress. Under wartime conditions university women's clubs were active - they kept underground education systems alive in countries where it was forbidden and many were active in their country's resistance movement. 


IFUW emerged strong after World War II. From 23 members in 1945, the number rose to over 50 in 1968 to 62 today. IFUW, because of its connection with the United Nations, was granted consultative status with UNESCO.

Votes for IFUW/GWI decision making involving federates are proportional to membership as laid out in the IFUW/GWI Constitution. The list of NFAs, their number of members and their voting entitlement is found on the CFUW website under answers from GWI/IFUW on April 4, 2015 and May 7, 2015. http://www.fcfdu.org/en-ca/aboutus/ifuw-gwi/ifuw-gwigoingforward.aspx.

CFUW is the largest of the national federates with (2014 numbers) 8293 of the 22,790 members. CFUW is entitled to 10 votes.

As Edith C. Batho's history of IFUW, A Lamp of Friendship, notes, finances have been a recurring issue for the Federation. As early as 1932 the American Association, began to find the payment of dues 'an issue of deferment'. In the later 1970s, they and CFUW had protracted negotiations with IFUW, together withholding dues for the previous triennium, until at the Vancouver AGM in 1980 when it was agreed to alleviate the dues for the two largest federates, AAUW and CFUW, from 18 francs per members to 15.5. With 12,109 members in 1980, CFUW's dues to be paid to IFUW were reduced to $25,000. In 1997 AAUW and IFUW, reached a further agreement that their dues would be based on a sliding scale rather than a per-member fee and they were capped at 40 percent (CFUW is currently at 40% of the amount IFUW collects in dues) of the total IFUW budget. . There was an agreement in 1997 to work on a long-term solution to IFUW's financial situation, however this work between AAUW and IFUW never took place and in 2004, when dues became approximately 5 percent of AAUW's budget, they left IFUW. In March of this year CFUW asked for a similar process to look at long term solutions and were refused by the IFUW Board. As Batho said about finances in her 1968 IFUW history, "The problems remain". 
Information about GWI's current activities can be found on the GWI and CFUW websites (CFUW - http://www.cfuw.org/en-ca/aboutus/ifuw-gwi.aspx; GWI -http://www.graduatewomen.org/) The article entitled "Light Favours Clarity" includes references to the two PowerPoint presentations from Catherine Bell. The article is available on the CFUW website -
http://www.cfuw.org/en-ca/aboutus/ifuw-gwi/ifuw-gwigoingforward.aspx


Document issued by the CFUW Board of Directors

Fact Sheet #2


CFUW FINANCIAL AND HUMAN RESOURCE CONTRIBUTIONS TO IFUW/GWI AND GWI'S IMPACT ON CFUW 

CFUW has made tangible contributions to IFUW over the years in a numbers of ways: financial - through the dues we pay based on the number of degreed members we have; funds for scholarships- the Dr. A Vibert Douglas scholarship; human resources through CFUW women who have been IFUW Presidents, IFUW board and committee members who we support financially for their attendance at international meetings; CFUW officers and members who have attended IFUW triennial meetings; resolutions that are sent forward from CFUW to IFUW; donations to Bina Roy and Hegg Hoffett.

 

Dues Payments

 

Each year, CFUW is required to pay membership dues to GWI based on the number of degreed members that we have. The payment must be in Swiss francs and is paid at the rate of 15.5 CHF per member. Although our membership has decreased, the amounts paid in membership dues over the last five years have been: 

 

- 2015: projected - $172,919 (Swiss franc at 1.36 on August 3, 2015) 

- 2014: $152,836

- 2013: $146,257

 

Since 2009, CFUW has contributed $1.1 million to IFUW in dues and support. 

 

In 2015-2016, GWI dues constitute 25% of our budget.

Dr. A Vibert Douglas Scholarship

The CFUW has been donating money to the Dr. A Vibert Douglas fellowship which has been awarded by IFUW since 1958. CFUW is the only donor to this award.

 

The purpose of the Award is to encourage advanced scholarship and original research relevant to IFUW's mission.

CFUW has provided approximately $100,000 to GWI/IFUW for the Scholarship

 

Human Resources

 

Two CFUW members - Dr. A. Vibert Douglas (1947-50) and Linda Souter (1985-1988), have been presidents of IFUW.

Many CFUW members have served on the GWI Board and Committees. Examples include: Susan Russell, current Vice President; Marianne Singh Waraich- current Resolutions Committee Chair, Sharon Crabb current member of Fellowships Committee; Carol Hare, current Assistant Treasurer; Chery Hayles, current member of the Project Development Committee, Mary Hall, former member Membership Committee; Dr. Ruth Bell two terms as former Chair of the Status of Women and Cultural Relations Committee; Gaynor Kybett, former member of the Finance Committee, Eileen Clark, who served as 4th and 3rd Vice President of IFUW; Erica Ransom, was a member of the IFUW Relief Committee representing Canada; Marion Ennis West Vancouver and Mary Chernesky, Saskatoon, Hegg Hoffett chairs. 

 

The number of CFUW members who work with GWI Committees and Board varies each trimester. See financial information in the Financial Policies for the policies on CFUW representation to GWI board and committees.

Bina Roy Partners in Development Fund (BRPID)

Bina Roy grants are awarded to developing countries who are members of GWI for education and leadership development projects. 

 

Since 2008, CFUW Club members have donated $15,062 to Bina Roy projects.

 

Hegg Hoffett Fund for Displaced Women Graduates 

 

The Hegg Hoffet Fund assists graduate women (and in special cases tertiary women students) who have been displaced as a result of war, political upheaval or other serious emergencies.

 

Since 2008, CFUW Club members have donated approximately $5,000. 

 

GWI Representation 

 

CFUW provides financial support for travel to approved designated members who hold GWI positions such as the current GWI Vice President, the Assistant Treasurer and the Chair of the Resolutions Committees. The following amounts have been paid for such representation:

 

2008-2009: $4,656

2009-2010: $3,964

2010-2011: $1,179

2011-2012: $2,270

2012-2013: $1,445

2013-2014: $1,500

2014-2015: $2,397

Total: $17,409

Delegations to GWI Triennial Conferences

 

Every three years, CFUW pays to send its Vice-President of International Relations, the President, those members who occupy executive positions such as the Vice President and the Assistant Treasurer to the annual general meetings. The 2016 Triennial will be in Cape Town, South Africa. $12,000 has been set aside in the CFUW Reserve Fund for this conference. The funding is for the President, VP. International 

Relations, partial funding for the IFUW Assistant Treasurer, the IFUW incoming Assistant Treasurer, the IFUW VP and possibly the incoming VP, IFUW. Given the status of the Canadian dollar we expect that the actual costs will be far higher. 

 

GWI Triennials

 

Several CFUW Clubs have acted as conveners for IFUW/GWI Conferences: Toronto - 1947; Vancouver -1980; Ottawa - 2001. CFUW has a tentative offer to convene the 2019 GWI conference. 

 

Submission of Resolutions

 

CFUW has contributed to the formation of IFUW policy and resolutions by sending resolutions forward to IFUW Triennials for consideration. For example, in 1992, CFUW sent forward five resolutions which passed. For the 2013 IFUW Triennial, CFUW sent forward three resolutions on non-state actor torture; education for Indigenous People and prostitution of women and girls which were all passed. 

 

IFUW/GWI's Impact on CFUW

 

CFUW is the only NFA within GWI who has a staff. The nature of CFUW means that often the membership and advocacy tools that GWI prepares are of limited use to CFUW; CFUW tools are created for national and community specific needs. The IFUW/GWI tools tend to be basic and introductory in nature and are of use to NFAs that are very small and/or are located in developing countries. A chronic problem is that these tools are often too late to be effectively distributed to CFUW Clubs for their use.

 

GWI/IFUW produces News and Updates which provides up-to date information on world issues and resources of interest in our mission and goals and provides periodic seminars/webinars that are available on line.

 

While IFUW/GWI and CFUW work on some similar issues such as violence against women, however IFUW/GWI does not engage in the domestic issues on which CFUW is focusing, such as early learning and child care, pay equity, MMIW. 

 

Both IFUW /GWI and CFUW have special consultative status at the UN. The status for CFUW came and exists independently of GWI/IFUW. Similarly our relationship with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Education Sectorial Committee, is independent of GWI/IFUW.

 

IFUW/GWI has representatives monitoring some of the UN activities relating to women.

Document issued by the CFUW Board of Directors

Operation Connect

 

CFUW President Doris Mae Oulton and Executive Director Robin Jackson will be initiating a series of conversations with Club Presidents during the week of September 28 to October 2, 2015. The agenda will be open ended and is a chance to "touch base" with Club Presidents, identify any concerns they may have and find out how the national Board and National Office may assist them.


Last year's conversation were of great use and resulted in a number of changes to procedures and communication tools. 

Announcing the New CFUW Member Resource Website
(Formerly Known as the CFUW Admin Site)

 

Starting September 16, 2015, CFUW Club executives and members will be able to access the new CFUW Member Resource Website (formerly known as the CFUW Admin site). The Member Resource site will make it easier for members to find the information they need in order to fulfill their respective roles. 

 

Experience has shown that having a single website for the public and members has made it too difficult to highlight key internal items intended only for members. 

 

The site is divided into the following general sections: Governance; Member Tools and Resources; Membership Benefits; Advocacy & Resolutions; News & Dates; Club Awards and Grants; CFUW History; Charitable Trust; Club Supplies and Merchandise; International Women's Day; and 100th Anniversary Celebration. 

 

Examples of what you will find on the Member Resource site include such items as nomination forms which are found in the Nominations section under Governance. If you need the new branding tools, you would find them under Member Tools and Resources. If you want the calendar of dates to submit membership dues, access to recent newsletters, etc. you will find these under News & Dates. The website will also feature a new document repository. 

 

Please note that when one wishes to return to the home page, you may click on the CFUW logo or the words Member Resource in the top left hand side. It should also be noted that the new website is designed for use on tablets and mobiles as well as desk top computers. 

 

You will note that there are some sections still under construction such as Club Scholarships and Awards. If your Club has something that you wish us to include in that section, please send it to us

 

The website address and login information remains the same: www.cfuwadmin.org

 

Username: viewonly

Password - cfuw4321

 

 

For further information or any questions, please contact Elizabeth Whyte, Member Services Coordinator at cfuwgen@rogers.com or call her at 1-888-220-9606 ext. 101

The CFUW National Alumnae - Call on us!

 

Do you have a project?  A task force?  Members considering new leadership roles?  We want to help!  The members of the CFUW National Alumnae have hundreds of years of combined CFUW and IFUW/GWI service in a wide variety of leadership positions - locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

 

We are available to help you by:

  • volunteering to provide support for CFUW Clubs and Regional Councils, and
  • mentoring potential and entry level leaders to encourage and support them as they volunteer for regional and national roles .

 

A master list of members and contact information is available on the CFUW Member Resource website under Member Tools and Resources.     Formerly known as the Board Alumnae Resource Network, the group has been operating since 1990.  For further information, contact:

 

Susan Murphy

Chair, CFUW National Alumnae 

susanmurphy@shaw.ca

CFUW Club News

 

University women's day set for city

Yorkton This Week


Sept. 14 has been declared the Canadian Federation of University Women's Day in Yorkton.The request to have the day declared was made at the regular meeting of Yorkton Council Monday. READ MORE.


Canadian Federation of University Women launches season for speakers in Etobicoke

Etobicoke Guardian


Join CFUW Etobicoke and learn its speaker program for the coming year on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fairfield Seniors' Centre, 80 Lothian Ave. READ MORE.

GWI News

GWI Updates

 

 

 

September 16, 2015

 

September 9, 2015

 

September 2,2015


CFUW News & Updates

August 25, 2015

In This Issue

Resolution Intents for AGM 2016

Let's Talk Inclusion in York Region

Canadian Women's Foundation and Canadian Alliance for International Action Webinar Series

CFUW Club News

GWI News

GWI Updates

Check out our new Facebook Page

 Help us spread the word by sharing our page with your networks!

 

We are now on Twitter


Follow us at: @CFUWFCFDU 


Resolution Intents for AGM 2016


The following intents covering a wide variety of topics were received by this year's June 30 deadline. 

Advocacy Committee- Sustainable Development Goals

Advocacy Committee- Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations

CFUW Barrie and District- Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls-Ending the Marginalization of Indigenous Women in Canadian Society

CFUW Guelph and CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder( FASD) - Diagnosis, Intervention and Support plan for children, adults and families affected by FASD

CFUW Leaside-East York and CFUW Etobicoke - Electoral Reform: Adding Proportionality to the Electoral System in Canada

CFUW Lethbridge and District - Ban on Hydraulic Fracking

CFUW Owen Sound and Area- Strengthen the Pest Management Regulatory Agency in order to Protect the Environment

CFUW Salt Spring Island- A More Productive way of Dealing with Resolutions

This last one is a good segue to remind all members that over this next year, we will be looking at all aspects of both proposed and adopted resolutions.  Information about responses gathered at the AGM 2015 Town Hall on the topic and next steps will be coming in the fall.


Eleanor Scarth

CFUW Resolutions Chair

From Pathology to Possibilities


Often we dissect the frog to see how it works, what it is made of and what we can do with it.  Trouble is, by the time we are finished that exercise the frog is dead and it never got the chance to turn into a princess for us (never heard of a frog princess but doesn't mean we can't make it so in this story).

 

In trying to prove things to people we never get to the heathy pathos of life.  Life is about living.  Life is about serving. Life is about living to serve those around us.  How does this axion translate in our CFUW context?  In May we ran a series of articles on International Study Groups.  We talked about the continuum of International Interventions, the Afghan Study Group and North Vancouver's International Study Group.  Each of which shines a light on initiatives that CFUW clubs are engaged in.  

 

In this issue you will read an article written by Valerie Hume, CFUW Leaside/East York from the perspective of understanding the "International" women that are within our own communities and making contact.  A reminder that sometimes one does not have to travel far to touch the world. 

 

At the 2015 national AGM the International Women's Day project for 2016 was announced.  Our partnership with InterPares extends our reach to touch women internationally.  This coming year clubs will be thinking of creative ways to fundraise the $7,000 that will make a huge difference in the experiences of women in El Salvador.  Club leaders can access the "Talking Notes" posted on the national website to share with members.

 

This particular InterPares' project is to support a Feminist Collective for Local Development to reinforce and build on previous successful efforts in the struggle to end violence against women in El Salvador by:

  • Providing immediate and follow up care to women experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, situations of violence. 
  • Enhancing the capacities and resilience of front-line workers who attend to situations of violence against women. 
  • Enhancing municipal level awareness on the relationship between violence against women and citizen security, and strengthening efforts by municipal authorities to develop and implement municipal action plans to prevent VAW. 

 

In the workshop "One Club Charts A Route", (2015 AGM) Hally Siddons shared how University Women Helping Afghan Women (CFUW-Ottawa)  went from pathology to possibilities.  UWHAW has raised over $65,000 to support women in their post secondary education in Afghanistan and has increased public awareness locally, nationally and internationally in the process. 

 

This will be a year of great possibilities with clubs engaging in the many opportunities that make a difference in the lives of women and girls globally.  Full speed ahead to connect with that princess frog!

 

Cheryl Hayles

VP International Relations

Let's Talk Inclusion in York Region


The York Region Local Immigration Partnership, funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, has been working on an Immigration Settlement Strategy.  The Strategy is lead by a Community Partnership Council and involves a series of dialogues seeking as much input as possible through focus groups held by community organizations.  The information obtained will be used to develop a York Region Diversity and Inclusion Charter.  CFUW Aurora/Newmarket was invited to participate in a Train the Trainer session and asked to provide feedback.

  

We held 2 focus groups with a total of 19 CFUW members to determine what we think various organizations are doing currently, but also what they could be doing for new Canadians.  The responses represent what information our members have on the topic.


Part One


We started with identifying the challenges we thought new Canadians faced on coming to York Region.


New Canadians face an enormous culture shock struggling with different customs as they navigate the bureaucracy of both government and school systems as they try to establish access to:

  • Basic services
  • Language training
  • Appropriate job placements
  • Housing
  • Medical care
  • Transportation
  • Professional certification
  • Training

In discussion with three new Canadians, the following scenarios that highlight some of these issues, were related.

A young man who came to Newmarket two years ago from Switzerland easily established citizenship because his mother was Canadian.  In addition, his command of the language was excellent.  His biggest difficulty revolved around our tax system.  In Europe, the tax is included, a fact he needs to remind himself of in carrying out his sales job.


A family came from Iran to Aurora seven years ago.  The woman had been a lawyer in Iran, but the cultural differences, the language difficulties, despite taking English in high school and university, the re-certification process were daunting.  On arrival, the family did not have relatives here for support, but did have a few friends in the growing Iranian community. 


After taking English through LINC, she went to Seneca College for courses to become a paralegal, a profession not equal to being a lawyer.  The family made the decision to purchase a coffee  franchise that she now operates.  She told me that even after seven years, each day is a new learning experience because everything here is so different. 


A neighbour, who came to Newmarket from Afghanistan 26 years ago with a husband and two young children did not suffer the same culture shock since her father had been a commercial pilot and the family regularly took European and US vacations, she was aware of "the western way of life".


Her greatest difficulty revolved around obtaining an education as a full-time student with two young children.  With limited funds and no family support, she and her husband juggled their time to take care of the children.  She just kept telling me that it was "so hard".  She has become an engineer with a very responsible position and her two children attend university. 


Part Two:  What are Various Organizations Doing for New Canadians?


Although Welcome Centres and Citizenship and ESL classes, assist new Canadians in becoming aware of how to navigate the bureaucracy to access the many government services available such as:

  •         Housing - although a long wait may be needed
  •         Medicare
  •         Welfare/workfare
  •         Representation of elected municipal, provincial and federal officials

and some businesses and organizations offer service in various languages and stores offer ethnic food aisles,our group thought that many services seem disconnected and hard to access or understand.


Part Three:  What can our organization, CFUW, do to promote inclusivity?


As a club we are not totally sure what new Canadians, particularly immigrant women, need.  It would be necessary for a small group of our members to visit a Welcome Centre and interview front-line workers to determine the need and then use the information as part of a campaign to educate our members through:


 

  • Small group sessions and forums on the issues
  • Have speakers on those issues at our General Meetings
  • Create "Did You Know?" columns in our monthly newsletters
  • An International Relations interest group where members look at issues in other countries is also a possibility. 
  • Our membership application could be amended to request any languages other than English spoken by the applicant
  • Develop a list of new Canadians' organizations and reach out to them
  • Members could mentor a new Canadian on the soft skills required for the Canadian workplace
  • Members could sit on Boards or committees involving immigrant issues
  • Establish specific financial awards to cover credentialing costs

 

Respectfully submitted by Valerie Hume , CFUW Aurora/Newmarket

Member of the International Relations Committee

The Canadian Women's Foundation & the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action invite you to participate in a 3 part webinar series!


What do international human rights bodies say about murders and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls?


In January and March 2015, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) released ground-breaking reports on how Canadian governments are failing to meet their international human rights obligations to respond to violence against Aboriginal women and girls. 

The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) and the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) requested the CEDAW and IACHR investigations that lead to these reports. Understanding these reports and knowing how they can help women in our fight to end violence is crucial now!


FAFIA and NWAC representatives, with the Canadian Women's Foundation, will host a three-part webinar series that focuses on what we can learn from these reports and what we can do now to take action in our local communities.

Find out more HERE.

CFUW Club News


University women's federation marks 70 years in Nanaimo 
Nanaimo News Bulletin 

The Canadian Federation of University Women Nanaimo, a group dedicated to education, advocacy and action on issues affecting women and girls, is celebrating 70 years in the Harbour City. READ MORE.


CFUW helps fund scholarships for students in the community 
Peninsula News Review 

CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women) will be holding their annual book sale on Aug. 22, with proceeds going to help them provide scholarships to deserving students. READ MORE.

CFUW presents Milton women with scholarships 
InsideHalton.com 

The Canadian Federation of Women Milton & District is keen on recognizing winners of its 2014/15 Scholarship Awards, which are presented to exceptional female high school graduates who plan on attending university or college, including trade or apprenticeship programs. READ MORE.

CFUW Leaside-East York hosts monthy meetings starting in September
East York Mirror


The Canadian Federation of University Women of Leaside-East York are inviting visitors and new members with a thirst for knowledge to attend monthly brain-teasing events. READ MORE.

University women meet montly at Northlea United 
The South Bayview Bulldog 

The 2015 season of meetings of the Canadian Federation of University Women of Leaside-East York will begin Thursday September 17, 2015 at Northlea United Church at 125 Brentcliffe Rd. Everyone is invited. READ MORE.

Bursaries offered 
Peace Arch News 

Students looking for a financial boost have the chance to apply for a bursary from the Canadian Federation of University Women White Rock/Surrey Club. READ MORE.

GWI News

Call for Delegates to the 60th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) - New York, March 2016


The 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) will meet in New York on 14 to 24 March 2016 (final dates to be confirmed by the UN). The priority theme will be "Women's empowerment and the link to sustainable development". The review theme posted to date is the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls. 


Call for Delegates - Deadline 1st October 2015


NGO delegations for the official 60th CSW Session will be limited.  GWI would like to invite members interested in participating to propose their candidacy. Individual delegates will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • EITHER current or recent professional/work experience related to women's empowerment and education for sustainable development OR Strong experience with the UN advocacy/lobbying process;
  • Strong knowledge of GWI programmes and priorities;
  • Ability to make ad hoc oral presentations.

 

Please note: your application will only be considered if your NFA has paid its 2015 dues in full before your application is submitted.


Some places will be reserved for members of NFAs presenting parallel NGO events.  One or two places may be reserved for high level experts.  Priority will be given to members who are able to attend for at least 5 days.


Members who are interested in attending as part of GWI's delegation, including those who have already expressed interest, should download the application form and send the completed form to lm@graduatewomen.org no later than 1 October 2015 at midnight Central European Summer Time (CEST).  This early deadline for applications will give the successful candidates more time to complete the US visa application process.


Please note:


While delegation members will have access to the many side panels and workshops, there will be limited access to the official government sessions. 


GWI does not have any funding available to assist with travel, accommodation, subsistence or other costs.

 

Best regards,

GWI


CFUW News & Updates

July 28, 2015

In This Issue

CFUW Webinar Series Survery

Update your Club's Executive Listing

Submit Action Photos

Questions for Candidates

UNESCO Call to Action

Tributes to Flora MacDonald

New Member Services Coordtinator

CFUW Clubs in the News

The Personal

GWI Updates

Check out our new Facebook Page

 Help us spread the word by sharing our page with your networks!

 

We are now on Twitter


Follow us at: @CFUWFCFDU 


Participate in our Survey - Webinar Topics

 

CFUW is exploring the possibility of offering a series of webinars to members over the next year. In this survey we would like your feedback on what topics would be of most interest to you. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes. 


Please complete the entire survey and submit it before exiting Survey Monkey, otherwise your responses may be lost. 


To start the survey, please click here


Responses will be collected until August 10, 2015.

Reminder - Update your Club's Executive Listing

 

The 2015-2016 CFUW Directory will be going to print in early August. There are still many Clubs who have yet to update their information. Last minute deadline is July 31, 2015.

 

Please login to cfuwmembership.org and review your Club's listing, as all information displayed for your club on this website (Club contact info, executive listings and executives' contact information) will be printed in the directory as reported on the site.

Click here to view a guide for submitting your executive listing. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact cfuwgen@rogers.com

Submit your Action Photos Today and Win CFUW Logo Prizes!

 

The National Office is in need of action photographs to put on our two websites. We are looking for photos from your Clubs and ask that you submit them to Elizabeth Whyte, our Member Services Coordinator, at cfuwgen@rogers.com  by September 4, 2015.

 

Please ensure that you have obtained permission for us to use them.

 

Winners will be announced in News + Updates.

Election 2015: Questions for Candidates

 

The 2015 federal election is just around the corner, and many community groups are starting to think about organizing all candidates debates. If your Club is already drafting some questions for candidates in your community and would like to share them with other members, please send them to us in the National Office at advocacy@fcfdu.org.

 

For instance, CFUW Mississauga developed some questions for candidates on a variety of issues, one being Early Learning on Child Care. They intend to ask all the political candidates the following questions:

 

What is your stand on a national child care policy?

 

What will you do to ensure equitable access to top quality and affordable child care for all Canadians?

UNESCO's 70th Anniversary Call to Action!

 

2015 marks the 70th anniversary for UNESCO and CFUW clubs across Canada have a fantastic opportunity to contribute to this celebration and partnership through the 2015 'Call to Action" from the June AGM of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO!

 

Culture is a set of ideas, beliefs, and practices that characterize our everyday lives and are expressed in both tangible and intangible ways. 

 

CFUW has a long history of building bridges and bringing together women and communities to support education and social justice.  Now we have an opportunity to share our amazing work as part of another national partnership.  CCUNESCO will track activities relating to the Anniversary Call to Action on supporting diversity and culture. These activities will be shared with the CCUNESCO over the next year and achievements and highlights will be presented at the next CCUNESCO AGM. READ MORE.

 

Please review the documents and submit your activities directly to CCUNESCO. If you have any questions you can contact Brenda Canitz, CFUW CCUNESCO representative at btcanitz@uvic.ca.

 

We hope you are able to contribute to this national partnership and continue to support culture and diversity in your community!  

 

Brenda Canitz

 

Template for Action: ENGLISH  FRENCH

Memories and Tributes to Flora MacDonald

 

CFUW is saddened to learn of Flora MacDonald's passing. 

A trailblazer in Canadian politics, Flora paved the way for many women leaders to come. She will be missed and remembered fondly.


 

Flora was an honorary member of CFUW, and a friend to many within CFUW. Members are invited to share their memories and tributes to Flora with us at advocacy@cfuw.org


 

We will be creating a tributes page for her on our website.

Welcome New Membership Services Coordinator

 

Elizabeth Whyte is joining the CFUW National team as the new Member Services Coordinator. She began her membership support work in the student movement while she completed her Master's degree in Social Work. Since then she has worked with members in an anti-poverty organization and a local food coop. She is thrilled to bring her membership engagement experience to her passion for women's rights and lifelong learning.

CFUW Clubs in the News

 

It's time politicians talked about women's issues again

The Vancouver Sun

 

CFUW joins 175 other organizations in calling for an election debate focussed on women. The last national debate on the issue took place 31 years ago. READ MORE.

Need for social planner debated

Sandor Gyarmati / Delta Optimist  

Two years ago, during a work session that featured a delegation from the Canadian Federation of University Women of South Delta, a request was made for councillors to consider hiring a social planner. READ MORE.

Two women earn $1,000 Adult Learning Centre scholarships

Troy Patterson, Kincardine News   


The South Port chapter of Canadian Federation of University Women presented two $1,000 scholarships to two Adult Learning Centre students on July 9, 2015. READ MORE.  



CFUW Stratford Transit Campaign a Success!

Gettingthere.ca


VIA Announcement: 6:30 AM Train Boarding in Stratford, en route to Toronto! READ MORE.

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Certain conditions, limitations and exclusions may apply. Savings and discounts are subject to eligibility

conditions, may vary by province and may not apply to all optional coverages. Auto Insurance is not available in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and British Columbia due to government-run plans.

 

The Personal refers to The Personal General Insurance Inc. in Quebec and The Personal Insurance Company in all other provinces and territories.

 

Loyalty Savings only available in ON, AB, NS, NL, NB and PE. Must be insured for a minimum of 3 years to be eligible for Loyalty Savings and 5 or more years to be eligible for the maximum discount: Up to 15% available in ON and NL; Up to 10% available in AB; Up to 7% available in NS, NB and PE.

 

Rates are guaranteed for up to 364 days and are provided only where there are no changes to your

underwriting information from the time of the quote to the effective date of the policy.

GWI News

GWI Webinars

 

We would like to remind you to register for GWI's upcoming Webinars. The next webinars will be:


How to be involved, 2/ 3 September 2015

This webinar, for members only, will provide information on Graduate Women International's (GWI) achievements, upcoming activities, and opportunities for you to participate. Explore what we are achieving together and how to become more involved.
 

Date and time: 2 September 2015 at 18:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST) and repeated on 3 September at 10:00 CEST. Please check your local time here.

Duration: 1 Hour

Who should participate? All members
  

How do I register? 

 

Register online for the 2 September  18:00 CET webinar hereand the 3 September at 10:00 CET webinar here.


 

How to Advocate, 15/ 16 September 2015

 

This webinar, for members only, will provide an introduction to advocacy to equip you with the basic knowledge of how to begin an advocacy campaign. You'll learn about the different approaches and techniques used in advocacy, and find out principles for a successful campaign. 
 
Date and time: 15 September at 10:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST) and repeated on 16 September at 18:00 CEST. Please check your local time here.

Duration: 1 Hour

Who should participate? All members who are new to advocacy or would like a refresher

How do I register? Register online for the 15 September at 10:00 CET webinar here and for the 16 September at 18:00 CET webinar here. 

Uwicyeza project 

 

Your donation could change a girl's life in Rwanda by keeping her in school.

 

The Uwicyeza project provides secondary school girls in Rwanda with personal and professional development. Developed by GWI member, Katie Carlson, in partnership with GWI, the project will be launched on 1 August 2015 and with your support we can ensure it reaches more girls. See how.

 

Watch this film to learn more

 

Rwanda has made tremendous progress but in the home and in communities, challenges remain that keep girls from achieving their full potential, notably because school completion rates remain unacceptably low. Gender-based violence and discrimination remain persistent problems. Uwicyeza works with teenage girls to support them to address these challenges.

 

As part of GWI's commitment, to support the transition of girls from secondary school to university or work through a mentoring programme, GWI has partnered with Uwicyeza, a project to support girls make this transition in Rwanda. The more we raise the more girls we can support to change the world, in Rwanda, and beyond. 


 

Find out more and donate here.

GWI Updates

 

 

July 22, 2015

 

 

July 15, 2015

 

 

July 8, 2015


May 21, 2015

In This Issue

Amended and Emergency Resolutions for AGM 2015

Proposed Amendments to CFUW's Articles and Bylaws for AGM 2015

Event, Issue, and Program Ideas for Clubs

Statement by CFUW on Women and the Media

The 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project Update #3

Boutique Fleur-de-Lys

2015 May 12 GWI Vote Report - Tax Dissolution

GWI Webinars

IFUW Updates

Reminders

 

 

Expression of Interest - Club Posters at the AGM

If you wish to have a poster display at the AGM on June 19 from 12-1:15 pm, please email 

cfuwed@rogers.com by May 25, 2015. 

Please note there are only 8 spots!

 

AGM June 18-21, 2015 

Final deadline for AGM registration is June 9, 2015  


 

Resolution Intents 

The deadline to submit resolution intents for AGM 2016 is June 30, 2015. The form can be downloaded here and must be sent to resolutions@fcfdu.orgby the deadline.

 

 

June 18-21, 2015

AGM And Conference Quebec City  Registration Information and Hotel Booking 


Registration closes June 9th.


Check out our new Facebook Page

 Help us spread the word by sharing our page with your networks!

 

We are now on Twitter


Follow us at: @CFUWFCFDU 


Amended and Emergency Resolutions for AGM 2015

 

There are four resolutions that have been proposed for the CFUW Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held in Quebec City from June 18-21, 2015. The first two resolutions were circulated to the Clubs in November 2014 for amendment, and proposers have amended the text based on the feedback they received by March 15, 2015. The second two, Emergency Resolutions, were received by May 2015, and will be voted on at the AGM for acceptance for qualification as resolutions to be considered. 

 

Download the Amended and Emergency Resolutions.

 

Clubs are invited to review the amendments and attend the Resolutions Workshop on Friday June 19, 2015 should your members wish to suggest further changes based on the amendments you submitted. This will also be an opportunity to suggest changes to the Emergency Resolutions.

 

The proposed general rules of the 2015 Annual General Meeting outline how the emergency resolutions will be dealt with:

 

Rule 11: CFUW Emergency Resolutions

  1. Deal with issues which have arisen after the deadline for submission of Resolutions and/or one which the Proposer thinks may require action prior to the next Annual General Meeting.
  2. Must be received by the Chair by May 15, 2015.
  3. May only be called up for consideration and debate by a four-fifths (4/5) affirmative vote of the votes cast at the AGM. Abstentions will not be counted
  4. A two-thirds (2/3) affirmative vote of the votes cast shall be required for adoption. Abstentions will not be counted
  5. If time does not permit discussion and vote of such resolutions, a majority affirmative vote of the CFUW Voting Body may order them acted upon by a mail vote following the procedures laid down in the Constitution and Bylaws and administrative policy.

Download the Emergency and Amended Resolutions.

 

If you have questions, please contact the Chair of the Resolutions Committee, Eleanor Scarth: escarth@telus.net 

 

Proposed Amendments to CFUW's Articles and Bylaws for AGM 2015

 

Two amendments to the proposed amendments of the CFUW Articles and Bylaws were received by the due date of May 1, 2015.  One amendment to Amendment 1 was accepted by the proposer.  Only amendments to the amendment properly received by the due date may be moved from the floor of the AGM.


 The following amended amendment and amendments to the Articles and Bylaws will be considered at the AGM. 

 

Myra Willis

Chair, Articles and Bylaws Committee

Download the Report of the Articles and Bylaws Committee.

Event, Issue, and Program Ideas for Clubs

 

As your Club develops its program, plans events or public forums, and decides what issues to focus on for 2015/2016, CFUW National invites you to consider some ideas that align with CFUW's mission and address timely issues we believe will interest your members.

 

Download Event, Issue and Program Ideas for Clubs.


 In this document, you will find suggested speakers, videos, workshops, trainings and other resources related to a number of key topics.

 

Statement by CFUW on Women and the Media

People across Canada are reacting to the treatment of television reporter Shauna Hunt.  It is appalling that women in the media are still challenged by forms of violence such as that experienced by the female journalist most recently.  Women in the media should not be subjected to any form of violence.  Whether it be verbal, as in this case, or in the form of negative representation that so adversely affects self-image and status in society.

 

The United Nations Beijing Platform for Action, unanimously supported by 189 countries in 1995, identifies Women and the Media as a critical area of concern. "Women's rights are human rights" seems to have been lost in the Canadian context and particularly for women in media.    

  

It is time for the governments of Canada to review policies and initiatives to prevent such occurrences.  Canada, which used to be number one on the equity index, has slipped to number twenty-three.  Is this due to negligence, complacency or indifference?  What causes this flow of aggression towards women in the media?  Who has the power to make a difference in how women are represented or treated in the media?  The Canadian Federation of University Women believes focused action in addressing this issue is imperative.

 

Further to the humiliation suffered by female reporters, who are now verbalizing their concerns, is the targeted campaign by some men to normalize violence.  It is no joke that the debasing of half the population has been viewed as funny or acceptable.  All such communication should be viewed as a hate crime, one that should be taken seriously and treated as injurious to women in society.

Such acts of violence against women in the media are barriers to full and equal participation of women reporters.  Negative representation of women in the media also undervalues women by denying their right to full respect in society.  This is just one of the many reasons CFUW supports the creation of a comprehensive National Action Plan on Violence against Women and Girls. We have contributed to a  Blueprint for such a plan and hope that the Government of Canada will work with us and other stakeholders to see it to fruition.

The 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project Update #3

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) has supported women's studies since its founding in 1919. To celebrate the CFUW's 100th Anniversary, the local and national levels of CFUW have as their goal the provision of an additional $100,000 in scholarships and awards in 2019.

 

We are well on our way! The successful fundraising pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago of our immediate Past President Susan Murphy and Club contributions including generous donations from CFUW Oakville and CFUW Mississauga have increased donations to the CFUW Charitable Trust to over $30,000. These monies have been invested in the Charitable Trust's investment portfolio and will continue to grow until awarded in 2019. Future commitments of funds to the Charitable Trust (not yet included in the preceding amount) total an additional $11,400.

 

Several Clubs are planning awards which will be given locally and that total is reported at a further $14.000.

 

Donations given and committed, for local and national awards in 2019, now total over $63,000.

 

New Logo

The CFUW 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project Committee now has a beautiful logo. We have worked with Beverly Boudreau, UWC Winnipeg, to create this logo which will be seen on all our internal communications. We thank Beverly for her generous donation of time and talent.

 

The original CFUW 100thAnniversary logo is in the centre of the newly created CFUW 100thAnniversary Scholarship Project logo. The colours are bold and vibrant - red for excitement and high energy linking to our dynamic and stimulating organization; green for nature associating with renewal and growth; blue for dependability and commitment representing our commitment to improve the lives of girls and women; and warm yellow for warmth and vitality which aligns with our desire to be a friendly, inviting and approachable organization.

 

The ten silhouettes of young women also represent the variety of applicants who receive support from our National Fellowship program and our local Club Award programs. Each silhouette is a marker for the progress of the fundraising for 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project. Each silhouette represents $10,000 raised and/or committed to scholarships and awards given in 2019, our anniversary year. The phrase over the mortar boards highlights the bilingual nature of both our Clubs and the award programs. 

Clubs and Councils across Canada are continuing to discuss their 100th Anniversary activities now.

 

Please let the Committee know what you are planning as soon as possible by identifying your anticipated activities and awards and sending any questions to the 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project Leader, Lynn Franklin, by email at lynn.franklin@sympatico.ca.

May 2015

 

Boutique Fleur-de-Lys

AGM and Conference, Hôtel Château Laurier, Québec, QC

Funds raised at the Boutique Fleur-de-Lys and Silent Auction go to support the CFUW Charitable Trust and post-graduate fellowships for women. 

 Down load invitation: EN | FR

GWI News

2015 May 12 GWI Vote Report - Tax Dissolution

GWI General Assembly Vote 27 April -10 May 2015 Report: Amendment to the Dissolution Clause (Article XIII) of the Graduate Women International (GWI) Constitution as required by Swiss Tax Authorities

 

We are pleased to inform you that the latest round of voting has ended. A quorum was reached. 82.4% voted in favour to amend the Dissolution Clause (Article XIII) of the Graduate Women International (GWI) Constitution; 17.6% voted against the change and there was one abstention. Read the full article and the results for the vote here.

GWI Webinars


June 16 & 17

Moving into Leadership

 

April 22, 2015

In This Issue

Call for National Study Groups

Club Advocacy Coaching

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

Quarterly Advocacy and Finance Report

IFUW Updates

Reminders

 

 

Club Membership Dues - last day to submit: April 30, 2015

 

Special Projects Award - applications due by April 30, 2015


New Members Award- applications due by April 30, 2015


 

Violence Against Women Award

-applications due by April 30, 2015
 

International Relations Award

-Nominations due by May 1, 2015


 

2016 International Women's Day Project

-Proposals Due May 1, 2015


 

 

IWD 2015: Support the Bina Roy Partners in Development Programme


Clubs are asked to do the following:
 

 1.)  Collect your donations and forward the funds to the CFUW National Office.
 

2.)  Indicate the project and the amount to be applied to it.


 All donations will be forwarded to IFUW on behalf of CFUW Clubs and members. The deadline for collection of funds this year will be May 15, 2015. 

 

AGM June 18-21, 2015 

Remember to register before May18, 2015 for the Early Bird Discount on registration fees.
 

Final deadline for AGM registration is June 9, 2015
 

June 18-21, 2015

AGM And Conference Quebec City  Registration Information and Hotel Booking 

 

Registration Now Open!

Check out our new Facebook Page

Help us spread the word by sharing our page with your networks!

 

We are now on Twitter

 

Follow us at: @CFUWFCFDU 


For Action

Call for National Study Group Members

The following National Study Groups are looking for members:

 

Aboriginal Affairs

Caring for Children and Adolescents

Child Care

Environment

Status of Women

STEM Education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) 

Universities

 

WHAT IS A STUDY GROUP?

The dictionary tells us that a study group is a "group of people who meet to study a particular subject and report their findings or recommendations", so how does that translate into practice for CFUW?


 A study group may be as informal as the members wish - members set their own agenda and timeframe. It offers an opportunity to connect with women across the country and to explore issues of interest. It is an opportunity for research and continuing education, to involve yourself in a topic of interest. The meetings are by teleconference or Skype/Facetime.


 

Please contact Tara Fischer at the National Office cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com if you are interested in joining one of these groups.

 

 

Club Coaching for Advocacy 

 

Are you wondering how to get started on an advocacy project, or just need some advocacy related advice? This is a reminder that you can always call or email the national office for support. Tara Fischer, our advocacy coordinator can be contacted at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com or  1-888-220-9606 ext. 106. 

 

Reminder of Upcoming Deadlines

 

Club Membership Dues

April 30, 2015 is the deadline to submit.


 

New Members Award

April 30, 2015

Download application Form


 

Special Project Awards

April 30, 2015

Download the Application Form


 

Violence Against Women Award

April 30, 2015

Download the Application Form


 

CFUW International Relations Award Nomination

May 1, 2015

Download Nomination Form

 

 

International Women's Day 2016 Project Proposals

May 1, 2015

Download Application Form

 

 

Funds for Bina Roy Partners in Development Programme

May 15, 2015

Submit cheques to National Office indicating the project(s) supported and amount. Donations are forwarded to IFUW, but the cheques must be made out to CFUW.

 

 

Expression of Interest - Club Posters at the AGM

May 25, 2015

If you wish to have a poster display at the AGM on June 19 from 12 - 1:15pm please email cfuwed@rogers.com. Please note there are only 8 spots!

 

 

Early Bird Registration for the AGM and Conference in Quebec City

May 18, 2015

After May 18th the cost the AGM and Conference goes up, so make sure to register soon! Final deadline to register is June 9.

 

 

100th Anniversary Book - Request for Proposals

June 1, 2015

CFUW is looking for a qualified volunteer researcher/writer to write a book about our history. Expressions of interest must be submitted by June 1, 2015. Download the Request for Proposals.

 

CFUW News & Updates

April 7, 2015

 

In This Issue

International Relations Award

2016 International Women's Day Project

AGM Poster Session Guidelines

RFP - History Book

CFUW Clubs in the NEWS!

Call for Submissions: TD & Rotman

Reminders

 

Please submit your Club's  donation records by April 17, 2015


Club Membership Dues - last day to submit: April 30, 2015

 

Special Projects Award - applications due by April 30, 2015


New Members Award- applications due by April 30, 2015

 

IWD 2015: Support the Bina Roy Partners in Development Programme


Clubs are asked to do the following:
 

 1.)  Collect your donations and forward the funds to the CFUW National Office.
 

2.)  Indicate the project and the amount to be applied to it.


 All donations will be forwarded to IFUW on behalf of CFUW Clubs and members. The deadline for collection of funds this year will be May 15, 2015. 

 

AGM June 18-21, 2015 

Remember to register before May18, 2015 for the Early Bird Discount on registration fees.
 

Final deadline for AGM registration is June 9, 2015
 

June 18-21, 2015

AGM And Conference Quebec City  Registration Information and Hotel Booking 

 

Registration Now Open!

Check out our new Facebook Page

Help us spread the word by sharing our page with your networks!

 

We are now on Twitter

 

Follow us at: @CFUWFCFDU 


For Action

International Relations Award

 

This award is given to a CFUW/FCFDU individual member(s), group, or Club in good standing in recognition of efforts in advocating for the rights and advancement of women and/or girls at the international level.  Initiatives (advocacy efforts, events and on-going projects) are eligible for consideration.

 

Download Nomination Form

 

Email completed form and photos (see "Optional" at the end of this form) to Cheryl Hayles at cherylhayles@sympatico.ca and to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com  by May 1, 2015.

 

2016 International Women's Day Project

 

CFUW is seeking proposals for suggestions of a project(s) focusing on the prevention of violence again women and girls for International Women's Day in 2016.

 

Purpose of the Project: 

a. To bring attention to International Women's Day in Canada

b. To increase Club and Community awareness of same

c. To raise CFUW's profile as an organization working to advance the status of women and girls.

 

The Project should be in alignment with CFUW policies and focus on the prevention of violence against women and girls with reference to:

  • The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  • The work of the UNCSW (the Beijing Platform for Action) 
  • Other United Nations instruments relevant to ending violence against women and girls. 

Deadline for Applications: Applications by email must be received by May 1, 2015.  The project winner will be announced at the National AGM in June.  

 

Learn more and download the form to submit your application.

 

Applications should be emailed to the Executive Director at cfuwed@rogers.com

AGM Poster Session Guidelines

 

CFUW 2015 AGM Poster Session 

Location: Château Laurier foyer, Québec City

Times: June 19 - 12 noon to 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 to 2:30 p.m.


 We are really excited to hear about all the very positive things that CFUW Clubs are doing across the country. At this AGM we want to provide the opportunity (albeit for only eight displays) for Clubs to present a 'poster display' of their activities. Download more information.


 If Clubs wish to have such a display, they should submit their request to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com  by May 25, 2015. For further information contact, Doris Mae Oulton at cfuwpres@gmail.com  or Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com

Request For Proposals - History Book

Attention: Scholars in Social History and/or Women's Studies

 

As part of our 100th year celebrations, CFUW-FCFDU is looking for a qualified researcher/writer who will agree to write our organization's history in the context of Canadian social history. Learn more and download the RFP.

IFUW News

Result of the Name Change Vote

Further information on the tax exemption requirements vote 

 

...It is with great pleasure that we announce that the name change from IFUW to Graduate Women International (GWI) has been approved by a large (70%) majority. 67 of 91 NFA delegates voted, and the six board members, representing 73% of the voting body. A total of 73 votes were cast, with 50 voting in favour of the name change, 21 voting against, and 2 abstentions. To the Board, it is a signal that the organisation is supportive of the changes we are implementing and that the membership is beginning to look to a brighter future. We shall be publicly launching the new name at the same time as we launch the first Conference call...  Read more

Webinars from IFUW:  

  1. Introduction to IFUW  - 14/15 April 2015
  2. SDGs & Education Goals - 28/29 April 2015

 Click here for information on how to participate.

IFUW Updates

 

08 April 2015

 

01 April 2015

 

25 March 2015

Information

CFUW Clubs in the NEWS!

 

Bursary application deadline approaching - sunshine Coast (CFUW-SC)... Read more


Smart speakers in Sidney for CFUW's 2015 conference... 

Read more

 

Richmond Hill's Olivia Leung wins youth short story contest... Read more  

 

Club seeks applications for post-secondary bursaries... Read more


Dutch immigrant found love, new life in PG... 

Read more

 

Local club hears of struggles facing aboriginal people... Read more

 

CFUW book sale returns to Wolfville for 48th year...

Read more.


Sex and the law; Letters to the Editor; Globe and Mail...Read more

Call for Submissions: TD & Rotman Women @ Work Essay Competition

#yourstoryyourfuture 

WIN $10,000 CASH 


SUBMIT AN ESSAY yourself or encourage a colleague, friend or mentor to do the same. TD & Rotman are seeking to generate and share perspectives about Canadian women's career, family and legacy aspirations through the TD & Rotman Women @ Work Essay Competition. 


To learn more, visit:  www.rotman.utoronto.ca/tdwomenatwork or SEND AN EMAIL TO: tdwomenatwork@rotman.utoronto.ca


CFUW News & Updates

March 5, 2015

In This Issue

IFUW Circular 1/2015

Vote on Tax Exemption Information to Members

Donation Records Reminder

Aboriginal Study Group Newsletter

CFUW Clubs in the News!

Reminders

 

Club Membership Dues - submit by March 31, 2015 -Chance to win a Nespresso!

 

Club Membership Dues - last day to submit: April 30, 2015

 

Small Club GrantsApplications due: March 30, 2015


Resolution Amendments due by March 31, 2015


Please submit your Club's donation records by April 17, 2015


 

Special Projects Award - applications due by April 30, 2015


New Members Award- applications due by April 30, 2015


 

 

IWD 2015: Support the Bina Roy Partners in Development Programme


Clubs are asked to do the following:
 

 1.)  Collect your donations and forward the funds to the CFUW National Office.
 

2.)  Indicate the project and the amount to be applied to it.


 All donations will be forwarded to IFUW on behalf of CFUW Clubs and members. The deadline for collection of funds this year will be May 15, 2015. 


 


 

AGM June 18-21, 2015 

Remember to register before May18, 2015 for the Early Bird Discount on registration fees.
 

Final deadline for AGM registration is June 9, 2015.
 

June 18-21, 2015

AGM And Conference Quebec City  Registration Information and Hotel Booking 

 

Registration Now Open!


IFUW Updates

 

04 March 2015 

25 February 2015

 18 February 2015

11 February 2015

 In Focus - 01/19/2015

Check out our new Facebook Page

Help us spread the word by sharing our page with your networks!

IFUW Circular 1/2015 

26 February 2015

 

To:                  National Leaders, CIRs and all Members

From:              IFUW Board  

Subject:           Vote on Tax Exemption

 

Dear Presidents, CIRs and members,


 One of the arguments for needing to be able to change the Constitution by electronic voting between triennial face-to-face meetings was to enable IFUW to make a technical modification to the existing dissolution clause.  The change is required so that IFUW can obtain tax exemption by meeting the requirements of Swiss Law and Swiss Tax Law.  This will allow IFUW to move forward more positively with fund raising initiatives. 

 

Accordingly, the IFUW Board proposes that the wording of Article XIII - Dissolution, clause 4 be changed as stated below.   

 

The changed wording below was provided by the Swiss Tax Authorities and is not negotiable.  Accordingly, we will not open a discussion on the wording of the technical change, as there is no option for change if we wish to achieve tax exemption in Switzerland.  This is also an emergency resolution, since the Tax Authorities asked for this change to be completed by 31 March, and we require the Tax Exemption in order to be able to raise funds.  However, we have applied for an extension and are working on the basis that we will be granted an extension.  The Constitutional requirement for a non-emergency change is four months.  Notice is hereby given that the Board will put this motion to the membership on 26 June 2015.  If the membership wants us to proceed sooner, we would welcome a proposal to do so.

 

The two wordings are reproduced below.


 

Wording Required by Swiss Tax Authorities

Current wording in the Constitution

In case of dissolution, the General Assembly which votes to dissolve shall appoint one or more liquidators charged with overseeing the liquidation process. Upon its completion, the liquidators shall distribute any remaining assets to an institution pursuing a public interest purpose similar to that of IFUW the organisation benefiting from the tax exemption. In no event will the assets be returned to the founders or members, nor be used to their advantage in whole or in part, in any manner whatsoever.

In case of dissolution, the General Assembly which votes to dissolve shall appoint one or more liquidators charged with overseeing the liquidation process. Upon its completion, they shall distribute any remaining assets to national federations and associations for international fellowships for higher education for women in accordance with guidelines established by the General Assembly having voted the dissolution.


 

"Vote on Tax Exemption" Information for Club Members

March 2, 2015

 

Dear CFUW Members,

 

As you know, in November IFUW brought forward a constitutional amendment to change its name.  The proposed amendment was to be voted on electronically prior to the next IFUW convention and physical meeting of the General Assembly.  This action was in contravention of the IFUW Constitution, and CFUW raised a point of order to that effect.  The decision on the point of order was given to the member NFAs through a motion to permit voting on constitutional amendments electronically.  That motion passed.  It is now possible to present constitutional amendments for electronic vote at any time. As well, it should be understood that a motion to dissolve is in effect a constitutional amendment and could be decided electronically.

 

The vote on the name change has not yet been completed, but a second constitutional amendment has been presented to the membership for consideration and vote.  This amendment changes the language in Article XIII, Clause 4 (dissolution).  The rationale for the amendment is that the new language is required by law in order to receive tax-exempt status.  Further, it is stated that tax-exempt status is necessary for the completion of a reorganization of IFUW administration and finance that will put IFUW in a stable financial situation.  The existing language and proposed language are presented below. 

 

Wording required by Swiss Tax Authorities (new language in italics)

Current  Wording in the Constitution

In case of dissolution, the General Assembly which votes to dissolve shall appoint one or more liquidators charged with overseeing the liquidation process. Upon its completion, the liquidators shall distribute any remaining assets to an institution pursuing a public interest purpose similar to that of IFUW the organisation benefiting from the tax exemption. In no event will the assets be returned to the founders or members, nor be used to their advantage in whole or in part, in any manner whatsoever.

In case of dissolution, the General Assembly which votes to dissolve shall appoint one or more liquidators charged with overseeing the liquidation process. Upon its completion, they shall distribute any remaining assets to national federations and associations for international fellowships for higher education for women in accordance with guidelines established by the General Assembly having voted the dissolution.

 

The effect of the amendment is that should dissolution become necessary, remaining monies could not be returned to the National Federations and Associations that are the members of IFUW.  It is not known whether remaining monies could 

  • be distributed to more than one "institution pursuing a public interest similar to that of IFUW,"
  • be distributed to an institution that is not based in Switzerland, or
  • be distributed to one (or more) NFA(s) if that NFA has tax-exempt/charitable status

 

It is probable that an independent institution associated with an NFA could receive remaining monies.  For example, CFUW could not receive the monies, but the CFUW Charitable Trust would be able to receive the monies, if Swiss law does not require the institution be based in Switzerland.

 

The IFUW Board of Directors states that the new language is not negotiable, or subject to amendment.  

 

We know that an NGO cannot have charitable status and be at all political. Does this mean that Swiss tax law is different?  It is not stated on what basis IFUW is applying for this tax relief. Is the application for IFUW or are they giving tax relief to people presenting or donating? Will keep you informed when we receive clarification.

 

Kindest regards,

 

Cheryl Hayles

VP International Relations

Donation Records Reminder - Responses Needed 

This is a reminder to please input your Club's total scholarship, Charitable Trust and IFUW donations between January 2014 - December 2014 on the CFUWmembership.org website

 

An updated guide for how to submit your 2014 Club donations is available below. If you have any questions or require your Club's Username/Password, please contact Gayle at cfuwgen@rogers.com or at 613-234-8252 ext. 101; toll free number: 1-888-220-9606.

 

Please submit your Club's donation records by April 17, 2015.

Guide to submitting your Club's donation records




Request for Proposals


Attention:  Scholars in Social History and/or Women's Studies

  • Are you a graduate or post-graduate student looking for a compelling research topic?  
  • Or perhaps you are an established academic with an interest in tracking the origins and evolution of one of Canada's foremost national women's organizations?  
  • Or you may be newly retired and looking for the kind of satisfying project that you now have the time to pursue?

Our Story

The Canadian Federation of University Women - La Fédération Canadienne des Femmes Diplômées des Universités  CFUW-FCFDU, started in 1919 as part of an international women's peace initiative and then quickly became an independent, self-funded Canada-wide advocate for promoting higher education for women, (including sponsoring the research of Dr. Marie Curie) during the first half of the 20th century.  

 

By the 1960's, with over 100 clubs  from all parts of the country, CFUW-FCFDU became an active participant in advising and recommending critical social and political changes at both the provincial and national levels.  

 

We are very proud that while little recognized in conventional histories, CFUW-FCFDU advocacy significantly improved, and continues to improve, the fundamental rights, freedoms and opportunities of girls and women both at home and abroad.  

 

Our Offer

As part of our 100th year celebrations, CFUW-FCFDU is looking for a qualified researcher/writer who will agree to write our organization's history in the context of Canadian social history in exchange for full independent access to our archival materials.  

 

Original materials are housed at both our national office and at the National Archives, both located in Ottawa. Among the archival materials are:  documents in the form of private letters and official correspondence, speeches, conference agendas, minutes, resolutions, numerous official briefs and reports as well as many newspaper clippings, extensive photographic material and privately prepared national, provincial and club histories including the recently completed biographies of past presidents and other influential women in our organization.  

 

Primary material is mostly in English, but some is in French with the ideal candidate able to read both languages.  

 

We are not able to provide funding specifically for this project- but we will cooperate fully with providing additional information or assistance for any grant or financing applications that the chosen candidate wishes to apply for.   While still to be determined, the final product would likely be in an e-book form and made available to our membership and to the general public.  We are open to proposals that would enable a hard-copy publication.

 

How you can apply:

 

You can apply by sending us an email outlining your initial "Expression of Interest" on or before June 1, 2015 to the attention of Brenda Shanahan, History Committee, at mailto:cfuwhistory@fcfdu.org with the following information:

 

  1. Name and full contact information including email and preferred telephone number
  2. Why you are interested in writing our history (500 words or less) including any ideas you have for funding
  3. Your C.V. including any academic or professional projects currently in progress

 

Additional information:

  • CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded group with over 100 Clubs, and close to 9000 members, located in every province across Canada. 
  • CFUW works to improve the status of women and girls, and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. It holds special consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and belongs to the Education Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. 
  • CFUW is the largest affiliate of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), which represents women worldwide.

To learn more about us, please go to  CFUW-FCFDU    

 

For any questions, please contact Brenda Shanahan at   mailto:cfuwhistory@fcfdu.org 

Aboriginal Study Group Newsletter

Canadian Federation of University Women 

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Volume 16      February  2015

 

Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative MAEI

A recent edition of the Toronto Star reports that a pilot project of the MAEI that placed an intense focus on literacy has produced positive results.  The project involved teacher training and a focus on literacy where each day started with a full 90 minutes on literacy. Grade 3 reading results rose from 13% to 67% meeting the provincial standard. Grade 3 writing results rose from 33% to 91% above the provincial average of 78%.  Attendance and punctuality also improved.

 

Read the full story by Louise Brown in the February 25th edition of The Star.  The day's editorial also focused on the results of this project.

 

Landmark Donation

OISE (Ontario Education for Studies in Education) has undertaken an Indigenous Education Initiative thanks to an anonymous donation of five million dollars.  The donation will allow OISE to pursue research in Indigenous education initially focusing on literacy and then on research into related areas such as indigenous languages and language revitalization.  A fellowship chair, to be held initially held by Shawn to Atleo, will play a lead role in forging partnerships among indigenous people in Canada, government agencies and others, will be created.

 

The Queen's Project

The Aboriginal Access to Engineering project is designed to bring more Aboriginal students into the fold by offering tutoring, exam preparation sessions, a dedicated study space, mentoring to assist in handling the demands of university life, and social activities to connect with people of their own culture.

 

There are now 26 students in the program, almost triple the number of two years ago.

 

The project also reaches out to elementary and secondary students in remote areas by providing culturally relevant match and science study materials.  

 

Read more about this project in the Saturday, February 28th edition of The Star.  The article is by Anne Bokma.

Webinars from IFUW:  

  1. Introduction to IFUW  - 14/15 April 2015
  2. SDGs & Education Goals - 28/29 April 2015

 Click here for all the information on how to participate.

Reminder to the Regional and Provincial Councils that you are eligible for the VAW Award and also can apply for the Special Project Award.

CFUW Clubs in the NEWS!

 

Many local events lead up to International Women's Day

Guelph Mercury 

On the final day, March 6, the Canadian Federation of University Women Guelph and local Women In Crisis organization are organizing a "Meet Us on ...Read more.

 

Documentary screening at UOIT to mark International Women's Day

durhamregion.com

It's organized by the Oshawa and District Canadian Federation of University Women and UOIT's faculty of social sciences and humanities...Read more.


Pearkes speaks on Columbia River Treaty

Nelson Star

On Saturday, the Canadian Federation of University Women Nelson and district club enjoyed an informative and compelling presentation by Eileen ...Read More.


Saskatoon Police reviewing detention cell policies

CBC.ca

The Saskatoon chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) wrote a letter to the board, asking that police remove video ...Read more.   This was also covered by:

Women's equality discussed

Oceanside Star 

The forum, organized by the Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville-Qualicum, is on International Women's Day, Sunday, March 8, ...Read more.

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