Club Action Newsletters


Club Action Newsletter May 9, 2019

2018 GWI Financial Statements

Several Clubs have asked if the GWI Financial Statements are available. They have just been sent to us and we are forwarding them to you.
Please click here for the 2018 GWI Financial Statements.

French Version of Advocacy Letter on Bill C-71 to increase gun control in Canada!

                                

Calling all members! Please help support Bill C-71 which would increase gun regulations in Canada and require extensive background checks and recording keeping of handguns. The French version of the advocacy letter on Bill C-71 to email or send to Senators is now available. Click here to access the document. If you have any further questions please contact Advocacy Coordinator, Yasmin Strautins cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com

I
n case you missed it, view the English version of the advocacy letter on Bill C-71 here

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Club Action Newsletter April 15, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Financial Motions Announcement for AGM 2019

Three financial motions have been received for consideration and voting at the 2019 AGM to be held in Winnipeg on August 16-17.
 
Motion 1: National Dues Increase for CFUW
The motion from the Finance Committee to the Board is for a per capita increase of $6.00 for CFUW.
 
Motion 2: National Dues Increase for GWI Membership Fees and Support Expenses
The motion from the Finance Committee to the Board is for a per capita increase of $10 for GWI membership dues and support expenses.
Please note that these two motions will be voted on separately.
 
Click here for the Two National Dues Increase Motions
 
 Motion 3: Winnipeg Motion
A financial motion for AGM 2019 has been received from CFUW Winnipeg.  This motion deals with differentiated CFUW dues for members who wish or do not wish to pay GWI dues. The Club has prepared background information for your consideration.
 
Click here for the Winnipeg motion

Grandparents for Childcare

CFUW has launched our new Grandparents for Childcare campaign in honour of our 100th Anniversary. We advocate for publicly funded child care that is high quality, accessible, affordable and inclusive across Canada.

Have you witnessed your daughter’s or son’s desperate search for licensed childcare? Or, have you just simply seen too many years go by without governments delivering on affordable, accessible and high quality childcare across the country! Tell us your story! 

You can help support Grandparents for Childcare now by submitting a testimony by April 30, 2019 describing your own personal experience. You can submit a testimony online at https://www.gpfcc.ca/ourtestimonies or by email to cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com.

Membership Campaign Toolkit

                            

This is a reminder to have a look at our 100th Anniversary Membership Campaign Toolkit here. Join us in celebrating and promoting CFUW and 100 years of women working together. 

CLUB NEWS

 


CFUW Nelson Hosts SIP Talks

                           

CFUW Nelson hosted their second SIP talks: Stories Inspire Passion on Saturday, March 30th. Seven women spoke from the heart on what inspired them in their work and their lives. It received a very warm welcome as these women spoke with passion, eliciting inspiration throughout the afternoon. 

Proceeds for the event were used for the Scholarship Fund, and a one time 100th Anniversary Scholarship will be awarded to a young woman within the community.  


Reminder of Club Merchandise Taxes

                     

With our 100th anniversary celebration this year, we're excited about all of our new merchandise products. As a reminder, all of our products are now charging tax on top of the salable price as follows: 

To purchase an item, or if you have any questions, please contact our Member Engagement Coordinator, Rachel Deneault at cfuwgen@rogers.com

GWI News
GWI Triennial Early Bird Info
 

IAW News
April 2019

Important Dates and Deadlines
 

April 30: Special Projects Award application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award nomination form due
May 1: International Relations Committee Award application due
May 1:  Nominations for Sage Award due
May 1: Deadline for Club Membership Dues to be sent in
May 30: 2019 Violence against Women and Girls Award application due
May 30: New Members Award deadline
June 1: Deadline to raise funds for IWD-Inter Pares fundraising project
June 20: Deadline for IFUW pins draw
July 12: Deadline for AGM Early Bird Registration
August 12: Final Registration Date for AGM 
August 15-17: 2019 AGM & Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Club Action Newsletter April 11, 2019

Advisory #1

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

AGM Registration is Now Open

Registration for the 2019 Annual General Meeting and Conference is now open! The event will take place at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba from August 15-17, 2019. For instructions on how to register and for information on tours, accommodations, dining and more, please visit: 
http://www.cfuw.proreg.ca

Remember to register before July 12, 2019 to receive the Early Bird Discount on registration fees. The final deadline for registration is August 12, 2019.

Hotel Accommodation

                  


There are only single rooms left at the Fort Garry Hotel.

Alternate accommodation is available at the Humphrey Inn & Suites, 260 Main Street, Winnipeg; Phone: 1-204-942-4222
The Humphrey Inn and Suites is a seven minute walk from the Fort Garry Hotel
The room rates are as follows:
$119.00 plus taxes based on a single or double occupancy in King Standard Rooms or Double Queen Standard Rooms.
$139 plus taxes for King or Double Queen Suites
 
Reservations may be made with the hotel by calling: 1-204-942-4222
 
Please specify that you are registering for the CFUW conference in order to receive the preferred rate.
The Group reservation code is: 156587
 
For those who might want less expensive accommodation, there is the University of Winnipeg hostel. The address is 370 Langside Street and is also called McFeetors Hall Residence.  The phone # is 204 789 1486 and the email: hostel@uwinnipeg.ca  The location is a little farther to walk but still easily doable for a walker.

Tour Schedule for Winnipeg, Manitoba's AGM

A number of exciting tours are being offered in Winnipeg, Manitoba during the Annual General Meeting and Conference on August 15-17, 2019. Some of these tours include a visit to The Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the Royal Canadian Mint. 
For a list of the full schedule, click here
 

AGM Flight Discount Information



We're happy to announce that both West Jet and Air Canada are offering discounted flights for Winnipeg's 2019 AGM. 

West Jet will be offering discounted flights from August 6-26, 2019. They will be offering 5% off Econo, 10% off EconoFlex and Premium fares for travel within Canada and 2% off Econo, 5% off EconoFlex and 10% off Premium base fares for guests travelling Trans-border. To take advantage of this offer use the following code at  www.westjet.com/conventions to make a booking online:

Z62RL70

Air Canada has been chosen as the official airline for CFUW AGM 2019. The eligible dates are between August 7-August 24, 2019. If you choose to fly Air Canada to Winnipeg, please use the following promotion code at aircanada.com:

XPMF76Q1

CFUW 2019 AGM Club Displays/Poster Sessions 

We are really excited to hear about all the very positive things that Clubs are doing across the country for the 100th Anniversary. We are again providing the opportunity for Clubs to present a 'poster display' of their activities. 

CFUW Reads: Join Our Virtual Book Club

CFUW Reads is an opportunity for members across the country to connect through a virtual book club. Many of our in person book clubs close for the summer which is when members might have more time to read either in the garden, on the deck, or by the lake. To join and to get more details please visit the CFUW Book Club Facebook Page. Members will be nominating the books and the club will run from
June to August 2019.

Submit Your Clubs Donation Records

This is a friendly reminder to submit your clubs donation records as soon as possible. Follow the step-by-step guide we have provided for assistance.
 

New Merchandise and Tax Information

In honour of CFUW's 100th anniversary, we are selling a variety of new club merchandise products including water bottles, mugs and pens. Going forward all our products will charge  taxes on top of the set price. For more information on the purchasing of items and tax guidelines contact our Member Engagement Coordinator, Rachel at cfuwgen@rogers.com

UWCM Member Appointed to Audit Sexual Abuse Claims

                                  

UWCM is proud to announce that their member, the Honourable Anne-Marie Trahan was appointed to the Montreal Archdiocese on March 27, 2019 to conduct an audit of sexual abuse claims levelled at the church over a span of nearly seven decades. Congratulations Anne-Marie!

Radio Interview with Sandra Shaw, CFUW President of the Perth and District, ON

                                  

Sandra Shaw, President of the Perth and District CFUW gave an illuminating interview on CFUW's 100th Anniversary with In Focus. Sandra discussed our organization’s projects to improve the status of women and advocate for human rights. Click here to listen!

Newsletters

CFUW Aurora
CFUW Fredericton
CFUW Kelowna
CFUW Oshawa and District
CFUW Perth and District
CFUW Richmond
CFUW Sudbury
CFUW UWC Vancouver


 

           GWI News                                             IAW News
         Press Release
          April 3, 2019

The Personal Insurance

Club Action Newsletter: February 25, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

The first step of the CFUW Articles and Bylaws amendment process has been completed. The Articles and Bylaws Committee (the Committee) received one (1) proposal to amend the bylaws (beginning on page 2). This proposal has been vetted and accepted by the Committee. 

The second step is the distribution of the proposed amendment. Click this link to find the amendment, and its rationale for consideration. If during your consideration of the material, you have questions or inquiries you wish to make, these must be sent in writing to the Chair of the Articles and Bylaws Committee to lori.ker@gmail.com

The third step is the submission of Amendments to the proposed Bylaw Amendment. The due date for Amendments to the Amendment is April 15, 2019. The correct form (Form 2) must be used and submitted on or before this date to lori.ker@gmail.com. Form 2, along with the procedures, may be found at this link here.
 
All Amendments to the Amendment will be forwarded to the proposers for consideration after being vetted by the Committee. The package of compliant amendments to the proposed amendment, along with the final wording of the Proposed Bylaw Amendment, will be distributed to the Clubs, Regional Directors and members of the Board of Directors before the AGM. If it is not possible, such material shall be distributed to members of the voting body on arrival at the AGM. At the AGM, only proposed Amendments to the Proposed Bylaw Amendment properly received and compliant will be allowed from the floor.

Lori Ker
Chair, Articles and Bylaws Committee

Call for CFUW Delegates to the 2019 GWI Triennial

The GWI/IFUW Triennial General Assembly will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from July 25 – 28, 2019. 
 
If you wish to be considered to be either a delegate or an alternate, the application form is available online here. Please be aware that you must be willing to attend the business meetings and participate fully in the work of the delegation.  If you have any questions, please direct them to Joy Hurst, VP International Relations, jghurste@gmail.com.
 
Please note that CFUW”s voting status has yet to be determined, however, regardless of the decision on this issue, CFUW will have a delegation attending this historical event.
 
The deadline for receipt of your application by email to National Office – cfuwed@rogers.com  is March 15, 2019.
 
For information on the GWI Triennial, please visit:  https://www.graduatewomen.org/

UNCSW63

UNCSW63 is fast approaching, and while our CFUW delegates will be there to participate in person, we would like to give the opportunity for all members who are not attending the session, to be home observers.

"UNCSW63 Home Edition" invites CFUW members to view the events straight from their computer or device, using THIS LINK.

If members would like to receive daily tips during the event and receive preparatory materials about the session, they should contact Shelagh Stevens: shelagh007@gmail.com, member of the International Relations Committee and past UN Peacekeeper, by Feb 27, 2019.

IWD Award 2019

We are looking forward to hearing about all of the international work that clubs are engaged in across Canada. Share  your your club's activities for International Woman’s Day by submitting your activity for the CFUW International Woman's Day Award.  Examples of past club activities are a film screening with panel discussion, hosting a speaker, special event, projects that contribute to raising awareness of international women’s issues and raising the profile of your local club or provincial council. Submission of annual events or initiatives that are done in partnership with other organizations are welcomed. 

2019 International Women's Day(IWD) Award nomination form

International Women's Day
Fundraising Project

CFUW’s International Women’s Day Fundraising Project for 2019 is “Promoting Justice for Women in Antioquia, Colombia” a project supported by Inter Pares and implemented by their Colombian counterpart, Humanas. CFUW is thrilled to partner with Inter Pares, an organization that has worked for over 40 years with organizations from around the world to build peace, advance justice and globalize equality. The deadline to raise funds for the Inter Pares project in Colombia is June 1, 2019. We hope CFUW members will consider donating to the Inter Pares IWD project to support strategic litigation for women and girls that were victims of sexual and gender-based violence in Colombia’s armed conflict.

Click here for more information.

IAW Positions

Dear IAW Network,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Ad Hoc Selection Committee responsible for filling the positions of Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Members of the Finance Committee.  With the support of President Joanna Manganara, Secretary General Olufunmi Oluyede, Treasurer Rosy Weiss, Azadeh Khalili, Kalyani Raj and the good will of the IAW network to spread the word, I have all the confidence that we will be successful in filling these positions with experienced, committed members to carry on the work of Rosy Weiss and the Finance Committee to the benefit of the organization.

Please find attached the following documents prepared for your information in a call to service.

1. Treasurer’s Guidelines

2. Terms of Reference of the Ad Hoc Selection Committee

3. Expression of Interest Form

4. Art. XIII (6) of the By-laws adopted 2017 governing the composition of the Finance Committee

Cheryl HaylesChair of the Ad Hoc Selection Committee  for the positions of Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer and Finance CommitteeVP North America

CFUW NEWS

The CFUW Creative Arts Award application deadline has been extended to April 1, 2019. The Award promotes interest and involvement in the creative arts by engaging audiences and inspiring discussion. The amount of the award is normally $4,000, and is set by the CFUW Charitable Trust budget. It is awarded biannually.
Click here for the guidelines.

If your club has fewer than 50 members, you may be able to receive a grant to send a member of your executive to the national AGM in August 2019. The grant may be put towards some of the expenses for AGM registration, travel, and/or accommodation costs for the event in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
The application deadline is March 31, 2019.
Click here for the application form.

Please click here for a letter from CFUW National regarding the use of copyright images, and free websites you can use to avoid this issue.

Sandra Millen, The Chair of 2019 AGM Local Arrangements Committee has updated her contact information:

Tel : 204-489-5864, 204-389-3738
Email : millens@mts.net

If you need to get in touch with her regarding the 2019 AGM in Winnipeg, please use the information above.

Correction

: In the previous Message from the President that went out on Friday, February 22, the President of CFUW Ottawa was mistakenly named as Heather Lester. The correct name is Heather Lewis. We apologize for this error.

Newsletters

 

CFUW Abbotsford
CFUW Kelowna
CFUW Nepean
CFUW Saskatoon
CFUW White Rock/Surrey
UWC Montreal Inc.
UWC North York
UWC Vancouver
 

If you would like to have your newsletter, events, and/or speakers publicized, please email the information to cfuwgen@rogers.com.

GWI News
February 6
February 20

IAW News
February 2019

Important Dates and Deadlines


March 8: International Women’s Day and start of International Women's Week

March 11-22: UNCSW63, New York City
March 31: Small Club Grants applications due
April 1: Creative Arts Award applications due
April 15: Deadline for Proposed Amendments to the Amendment to the Articles and Bylaws
April 30: Special Projects Award application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award nomination form due
May 1: International Relations Committee Award application due
May 1:  Nominations for Sage Award due
May 30: 2019 Violence against Women and Girls Award application due
May 30: New Members Award deadline
June 1: Deadline to raise funds for IWD-Inter Pares fundraising project
June 20: Deadline for IFUW pins draw
August 15-17: 2019 AGM & Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Club Action Newsletter January 24, 2019

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Welcome to 2019-CFUW's 100th year!

Message from the President

Please be advised that we are asking all CFUW Clubs to submit their membership numbers for the 2018 year. Like last year, we request that you visit the CFUW Membership Website and log in using your Club's unique username and password. You can also print out your invoice on the site. Any Club that submits their membership numbers by February 7, 2019 will be eligible for the draw for an HD digital photo frame.

CFUW Pay Equity Workshop

This past Saturday, January 19, CFUW hosted a workshop titled “Negotiating Fair Pay: Empowering Women Entering the Workforce” at the Queen University's Female Leadership in Politics Conference. The goal was to provide students with important information about pay equity and skills that can help them negotiate for a better offer of employment. The workshop also intended to raise the profile of CFUW and motivate students to sign up to take part in Young Working Women. The workshop shared important statistics such as women working full-time, earn on average, 26% less than men earn in Canada, and it takes women 15.5 months to earn what a man earns in 12, according to the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition.
 
It was wonderful to see the participants so engaged, and to listen to their experiences and stories about the gender wage gap and negotiating for a job offer. We received very positive feedback, and approximately 50 participants signed up to receive more information about joining CFUW, and how to take part in the Young Working Women initiative. Overall, the workshop was successful in imparting key facts and statistics about the gender wage gap, in addition to information about the important work being done by CFUW.

Request for Photos for CFUW History Book

Canadian Women in Winnipeg at inaugural meeting of CFUW, 1919. Margaret McWilliams, CFUW's first president, is front and centre

When reviewing the photographs that are held at national office to find appropriate ones for the CFUW history book, it has been noted that while there are hundreds of pictures dating from 1980, there are very few prior to that date. We are asking Clubs to send us photos that date before 1980 which might be relevant to the contents of the book. It would be greatly appreciated if you could send the photos to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com by February 28, 2019. 

For more information and the outline of CFUW history book, please click here.

Call for Nominations for the GWI Board, All Committees and for Assistant Treasurers

GWI has issued a call for nominations for the GWI Board, all Committees and for Assistant Treasurers in Circular 1/2019. The job descriptions and application forms are found in the Circular.
 
Interested members may submit a nomination form to the National Office.
The National Office will:

  • Ensure that current GWI procedures have been followed
  • Applications will be reviewed by the VP International Relations
  • The VP International Relations will make recommendations regarding the nominations to the Board of Directors
  • Once approved by the Board of Directors, will forward completed packages to GWI.

The deadline to return applications to the national office is: February 8, 2019.  Applications should be sent to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com. GWI must receive all nominations by February 21, 2019 (the date was extended from February 7 to 21).

CLUB NEWS

Congratulations to UWC of Montréal whose Olympes de Parole contest has been nominated for a 2019 World Summit on the Information Society PrizeWe encourage you, your club members, friends and families to support UWCM by voting for the project.

Online voting is now open– deadline for votes is 10th of February. It is open to the public, so anyone can vote.

How to vote?

1.  Go to the link
2.  Register as a new user
3.  Log in to your account
4.  Go to the “Voting Form”
5.  Vote in each of 18 category (only then is your vote valid!)

Click here for a video on how to vote

Please do not forget to follow WSIS on Facebook and other social media:
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Newsletters

 

CFUW Coquitlam
CFUW Guelph
CFUW Nepean
CFUW Oshawa and District

CFUW Richmond
CFUW Scarborough
CFUW Sudbury
UWC North York

GWI News
December 26 2018
January 9 2019
January 23 2019

 

IAW News
President's Newsletter- January 2019



This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Welcome to 2019- the 100th Anniversary of CFUW!

 
 2019 is an exciting time for CFUW as we celebrate our first centennial.
 
During 2019, we will have the unique opportunity to tell our stories and to showcase the impact of CFUW in our accomplishments at the local, provincial, national and international levels.  During 2019, CFUW is setting the stage for vibrant growth over the next century in its work on women’s rights, education and social justice.  
 
The slogan for the Anniversary is: 100 Years of CFUW – The Power of Women Working Together.  
 
In addition to the Annual General Meeting to be held in Winnipeg in August at the same hotel as the founding meeting, there will be the Notable Women Awards, the Sage Awards, the unveiling of a CFUW plaque by the Government of Canada, the additional $100,000 to be given out for the 100th Anniversary Scholarships, the 100thAnniversary Membership Campaign; the advocacy initiative for 2019 on Grandparents for Childcare and the publication of the CFUW History book.
 
To assist clubs with their plans for this year, this edition of the newsletter contains the 100th Anniversary toolkit; the 100th Membership Campaign toolkit; a report from the Membership Committee about information gathered from clubs on recruitment and retention; information on the draw for the IFUW pins; the Name the CFUW History Book Contest and the new advocacy initiative and website for Grandparents for Childcare.
 
 Thank you CFUW Members for all you are doing and all the plans you are making for the CFUW 100th Anniversary.
 
                             

Grace Hollett                                           Doris Mae Oulton

National CFUW President                   Chair, CFUW 100th Anniversary Committee

100th ANNIVERSARY CAMPAIGN

 

The 100th Anniversary Toolkit contains messaging for the celebration, branding, press release templates, tips for outreach and community engagement, and information on the Sage Awards.

Click here

to access it.

The 100th Anniversary Membership Campaign Toolkit contains key messaging for the campaign; tips on recruiting and retaining members, branding, marketing, suggested target markets, E-clubs and resources.

Click here to access it.

Membership Report
 

The CFUW Membership Committee undertook extensive work in speaking with CFUW clubs across the country about recruitment and retention. Their report includes what strategies have worked; what success looks like; why members stay; steps taken by some clubs in targeting soon-to-be retired and retired women and other tips.

Click here to access it.

ADVOCACY

Grandparents for Child Care - 100th Anniversary Advocacy Campaign
 

CFUW has launched our new Grandparents for Childcare campaign in honour of CFUW’s 100th Anniversary. This is a joint initiative with Child Care Now and is supported by grandparents invested in the well-being of their children and grandchildren. We advocate for publicly funded child care that is high quality, accessible, affordable and inclusive across Canada. 

Get involved in Grandparents for Childcare by signing up for our newsletter on the new website https://www.gpfcc.ca. Please help support the campaign by submitting a testimony by April 30, 2019 on the website describing your own personal experience. Have you witnessed your child’s dire search for licensed childcare? Have you been lending a helping hand to provide care for your grandchild because of expensive child care fees? Or, have you just simply seen too many years go by without governments delivering on affordable, accessible and high quality childcare across the country? We invite you to share your testimonies, and help raise awareness on the impacts the child care crisis has on Canadians! Help tell us why Universal Child Care is so important!

100th Anniversary Initiatives

Historian Dianne Dodd expects to have a draft of her book on the history of CFUW ready by late spring and the publisher, Second Story Press, has agreed to consider our suggestions for the title. If Second Story Press selects your suggested title, CFUW will award a prize to the winner.

Click here to read more about the history book, and the contest for naming rights.
 
Please send your suggestions with your name and email address to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com by February 15, 2019.  Please mark the subject of the email “Name CFUW History Book Contest”.

IFUW Pins – An Opportunity to Own a Unique Piece of History
 

In honour of CFUW’s 100th Anniversary, we are pleased to present members with an extraordinary opportunity to own a unique piece of history. Our CFUW VP Finance, Dominique Racanelli, on her much loved antique explorations, discovered two beautiful blue enamel pins that were created in 1924 for the third IFUW International Conference in Christiania (now Oslo), Norway, held Monday July 28 to Friday Aug 1, 1924.

These two pins are being made available to the membership through a draw. For a contribution (minimum $10) in the 100th Year of both CFUW & GWI, you will get two chances to own one of these lovely pins.
Please contact your Club executives to give them your contribution to be eligible to win.


Good luck to all!

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Club Action Newsletter December 20, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

To all our CFUW members and professional staff from the National President

 

I wish to express my admiration for an organization that involves 7593 women across Canada in local, regional, national, and international projects aligned with our mission, while providing invaluable mutual support and friendship among the membership. In this season of peace and goodwill, I offer my appreciation of your support for the CFUW leadership team at all levels of CFUW.

Grace Hollett
CFUW National President-FCFDU Présidente nationale

Please click here to read the rest of the President's Message.

In October 2017, the Charitable Trust contacted CFUW Clubs across the country to ask about their support for scholarships and fellowships. Please click here to access the report of the work being done by CFUW Clubs to offer financial support for education.

We are still looking for CFUW members to join our Mentorship Program as mentors for Young Working Women! Young Working Women is an initiative of CFUW that focuses on young women entering the workforce. YWW is continuing the work that CFUW has been invested in for the past 100 years by creating a membership program that addresses the needs of younger women, and the challenges they face when embarking on their careers. Young women are often looking for female mentors who have the knowledge and experience that can help them navigate some of the challenging issues and barriers they face. These young women also have a lot to show other generations as well, and creating a learning experience for both parties will allow CFUW to modernize and continue the incredible work it does for women. If we create that relationship, YWW members will also be more inclined to join their local clubs and continue the work CFUW does past Young Working Women. We are hoping to have the program launch early next year, so if you are interested in getting involved, please fill out THIS FORM, and email it to cfuwgen@rogers.com.If you would like to read more about the benefits for mentorship, here are some articles which highlight its importance:

 

Championing and Mentoring
Why mentoring is so important for women in business
Why Mentoring Matters, and How to Get Started

On December 13, Status of Women Canada was officially made a full and equal department under the law. Previously, the agency was placed under the Department of Heritage, but the implementation of this new department will hopefully create a greater focus on the need for the social, political and economic equality of Canadian women. If you would like to read more about this development, please click here.

CFUW CLUBS

CFUW Fredericton members: Marion Leaman,Dr. Eileen Wallace, Dr. Gwen Davies

Dr. Eileen Wallace, 2018 Recipient of the Order of New Brunswick

 
On November 27, 2018, Dr. Eileen Wallace was invested into the Order of New Brunswick by the chancellor of the order, Lieutenant-Governor Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, at a ceremony at Government House in Fredericton, New Brunswick
 
Dr. Wallace is being recognized for her trail-blazing achievements in bilingual education and for her outstanding impact on children’s literacy. Dr. Wallace is a long-standing member of CFUW, joining CFUW St. Thomas in 1947 and, upon moving to Fredericton, joined CFUW Fredericton where she remains an active member of the CFUW Fredericton Club.
 
On behalf of all CFUW members, and most especially her CFUW Fredericton friends, we extend congratulations and best wishes to Dr. Eileen Wallace.

Cornwall chapter of CFUW holds charity auction for education
Many Gather For Women's Vigil in Port Elgin put on by CFUW Southport
CFUW Comox Valley supports North Island College students
CFUW Nanaimo marks 100th Anniversary by establishing new scholarship
CFUW Fredericton December Newsletter


CFUW National Office has lanyards from UNIFEM (now known as UN Women). There are approximately 75 black and blue ones with the UNIFEM logo, as well as 25 plain blue ones. Each comes with a plastic business card cover that can be attached to the lanyard. If any clubs are interested, please email cfuwgen@rogers.com with how many you would like, and we will ship them to you free of charge.

2018

As we look back on 2018, we may see a lot of discouraging news, particularly about women here in Canada, and around the world. It's important to acknowledge and take action on the many ways society has to change, but it is also important to see the positives as well. Thank you to all of the CFUW Clubs for your hard work and dedication in making the world a better place for women. Here's a little motivation to start the next year!

29 Powerhouses: The Canadian Women Killing It In 2018
12 Days of Feminists 2018
2018 will be the Year of Women
A Bank NOTE-able Canadian Woman
These Are the Heroes In the Fight to End Gender-Based ViolenceHow the Seeds Planted by the Women’s March Bloomed on Election Night


The Top 25 Canadian Women of Influence 2018


Club Action Newsletter November 28, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

16 DAYS CAMPAIGN

The 16 days campaign has started! From November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, International Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism is a campaign which calls for the elimination of gender-based violence by raising awareness at the local, national, and international levels. To check out events happening all across the country, please visit WIIS Canada's 16 Day Calendar.

CFUW's 16 Days Campaign 


CFUW's 16 Days Toolkit

If your club is hosting an event, or raising awareness about this important issue, please send an email with the information to cfuwgen@rogers.com. We can publicize your news to spread the word!

CANADIAN WOMEN

Status of Women Canada has released an online gallery dedicated to women's achievements, featuring profiles of Canadian women who have made an impact in politics, the arts, STEM, human rights, and many other important areas. 
Click here to take a look at SWC's Learning Toolkit, and to learn more about creating a local Women of Impact gallery in your community!
You can also nominate a Woman of Impact here.

It may have taken far too long, but the first Canadian woman can now be officially seen on a bank note in Canada! Click above to watch a short video about the extraordinary life of the woman receiving this honour, Viola Desmond.

Viola Desmond was born and raised in Halifax, and was trained as a teacher, before becoming a successful entrepreneur in her community. In 1946, while making a stop on a business trip from Halifax, Desmond was arrested and tossed out of a New Glasgow, N.S., movie theatre for sitting in the whites-only section. Her ensuing legal fight against that injustice helped end segregation in Nova Scotia. In 2010, she was posthumously awarded an apology and a free pardon. The bill was officially put into circulation on Monday, November 19, and can be seen here. Here's hoping that many more deserving Canadian women will be given this honour in the future!

CFUW NEWS

Message from the President
 

Last night I returned from “President’s travel” from my home in Mt. Pearl St. John’s (and my home Club CFUW St. John’s) to attend the CFUW Quebec Provincial Council meetings in Montreal, and in Ottawa, the Lobby Day on the Hill for Child Care, The Scientific Awards at the French embassy, business meetings with RK, and visits to the CFUW Clubs at Ottawa, Kanata and Nepean. I will be sending out a message next week with more news and information about my travels, so stay tuned!

Grace Hollett
CFUW National President
FCFDU Présidente nationale
 

If you missed the last Message from President on November 9, you can access it here: EN/FR

Our New Advocacy Coordinator
 

Please welcome our new Advocacy Coordinator, Yasmin Strautins! She is excited to join a dynamic organization that is a leader in improving the rights of women and girls. Yasmin is a passionate human rights activist and feminist. She grew up in Toronto, and identifies as Latvian-Moroccan. Yasmin specializes in research relating to violence against women, education, poverty reduction and reconciliation in Canada.
Before working for the CFUW, Yasmin was employed as a Policy Advisor for the Native Women’s Association of Canada. She previously organized an intergenerational seminar series at the United Nations on Indigenous Rights. She obtained a graduate degree in Canadian and Indigenous Studies at Trent University. She also studied at The Paris Institute of Political Studies (SciencesPo) and Carleton University. We're very happy to have her join us at CFUW!

The deadline to submit applications for CFUW Fellowships & Awards has been extended! Submissions are now due December 3, 2018.

To access the online application form, please click here!
To learn more about the various fellowships that CFUW awards each year, please take a look at our bilingual brochure.

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact our Fellowships Program Manager-
Betty Dunlop: fellowships@cfuw.org613-234-8252 ext. 104

The University Women’s Club of Montreal Inc.(UWCM) is spearheading the second edition of the school competition: les Olympes de la Parole: Empowered girls’ voices

This academic competition is a unique opportunity to engage secondary school girls in the global conversation on the central theme of gender inequalities and its impact on the empowerment of women and girls, based on the principles of human rights.

To learn more about this project, please visit UWCM's website.

For more information about the launch of the project on December 6th, please click here.

Thank you to UWCM for their continued dedication to women's education!

Le Club des Femmes Universitaires de Montréal Inc. (CFUM) est le fer de lance de la deuxième édition du concours scolaire: les Olympes de la Parole : Puissance de la voix des filles.

Ce concours scolaire est une occasion privilégiée pour permettre aux filles d’écoles secondaires de prendre part à la conversation mondiale sur le thème central des inégalités entre les sexes et leur impact sur l’autonomisation des filles et des femmes, à partir des principes généraux des droits de la personne.

Pour plus d’information, consultez le site Internet de CFUM.

Pour plus d'informations sur le lancement du projet le 6 décembre, veuillez cliquer ici.

Merci beaucoup à CFUM pour leur dévouement continu à l'éducation des femmes! 

CFUW Perth & District celebrates its 13th Heritage Perth Christmas House Tour

UNCSW63
 

Would you like to join GWI as a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 2019? This annual event is held in New York City, and will take place from March 11-22, 2019. They still have a few spaces available, so if you are interested in this incredible opportunity, please fill out this form, by Friday, November 30, and email it to GWI Vice President: Advocacy and Education, Hazel Bowen: hbowen@telkomsa.net.

 

Call for Nominations

 

The GWI Board of Officers invite members of National Federations and Associations (NFAs), and Independent Members to nominate qualified, experienced candidates for positions on the GWI Board, GWI Standing and Special Committees, and as Assistant Treasurers.
For more information, and for access to the Nominations Form, please click here.
Submissions are due by Thursday, February 7, 2019, and can be sent to nominations2019@gwi.graduatewomen.org.

GWI NewsGWI 16 Days Toolkit
November 28 Update

IAW News
November 27 Update

Club Action Newsletter November 15, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

16 Days of Activism Package is Here!

From November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, International Human Rights Day, let’s generate actions to put an end to violence against women and girls. Click here to access CFUW's National Initiative on Violence against Women and Girls, which includes our 16 days toolkit with tips on how to get your club involved. Included here are template letters that can be specified by each club to raise awareness in their communities: 

Consult Women in International Security Canada (WIIS-Canada) to find out about 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence events closest to you. If you’re holding your own event, register it here.

CFUW AWARDS

CFUW National Initiative2019 Violence against Women and Girls Award

Almost half of Canadian women experience the devastating mental, physical, social, and financial effects of gender-based violence (GBV) in their lifetime.
CFUW members recognize the significance of this issue and, at our 2013 AGM, we adopted a National Initiative on Violence Against Women. The involvement of CFUW members and clubs is vital in creating change, locally and nationally and our clubs have enthusiastically embraced the initiative, undertaking activities in their own communities.
Our work focuses on insuring that adequate laws, policies and programs are in place to prevent and address VAW.
If your Club has been working on the CFUW National Initiative on Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls, please download the National Initiative on VAW Report & Award Application form here (PDF)-(Word) to report your Club activities the and send it to both:

The deadline to submit applications is May 30, 2019.

The CFUW Creative Arts Award was created to promote interest and involvement in the creative arts by engaging audiences and inspiring discussion. The amount of the award is normally $4,000 and is set by the CFUW Charitable Trust budget. It is awarded biennially.
*Please note that each submission must be nominated by a CFUW Club local to the applicant.
Applications will be accepted for the 2019 Award from January 1 to April 1, 2019.
Click here (pdf version) or click here (Word document) for the guidelines and nomination form.

CLUB NEWS

If your club has fewer than 50 members, you may be able to receive a grant to send a member of your executive to the national AGM in August 2019! The grant may be put towards some of the expenses for AGM registration, travel, and/or accommodation costs for the event in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The application deadline is March 31, 2019. Click here for the application.

CFUW St. John’s Grace Hiscock Hollett 100th Anniversary Scholarship

Left to right: Dr. Aimee Surprenant, Dean of Graduate Studies at Memorial University, Grace Hollett, President CFUW, Dianne Reddy, President, CFUW St. John’s.


On October 30, CFUW St. John’s began anniversary celebrations with a presentation of funding for its CFUW St. John’s Grace Hiscock Hollett 100th Anniversary Scholarship.The cheque for $7500 was presented by club President, Dianne Reddy, to Dr. Aimee Surprenant, Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University. The scholarship is named in honour of Grace Hiscock Hollett, current President of CFUW, and the first woman from Newfoundland to lead the national organization. It will be awarded to a full-time female graduate student in any Master’s or Doctoral program at Memorial University. This scholarship celebrates the 100th Anniversary of CFUW and the 75thAnniversary (in 2020) of CFUW St. John’s. We were delighted that the honoree and a number of members of her family were able to attend, as well as representatives from the MUN School of Graduate Studies, and members of the St. John’s club.

Dr. Althea Macaulay Celebrates 100 Years, and 59 Years as a Member of CFUW Fredericton

Left to right:  CFUW Fredericton members: Ruth Holmes, Edye Besner. Dr. Althea Macaulay (with her CFUW Certificate of Recognition), Gwen Davies and Sharon Crabb


On November 5, Dr. Althea Macaulay was presented with a CFUW Certificate of Recognition for her 59 years of service to CFUW Fredericton. This incredible achievement coincided with the celebration of Althea's 100th birthday on October 21, 2018! Althea joined CFUW Fredericton in 1959, and throughout her many years as a member of the Club, Althea has served on the Education and Scholarship Committee- where she chaired and co-chaired said Committee for a number of years, and since 2014 has served as Honorary Chair of the Education and Scholarship Committee. Althea served as CFUW Fredericton President from June 1971 to May 1973. When presented with her award, her response was: "Too bad it isn't 60 years; I'm 100 you know!". Well, we'll make sure you get one next year for your 60 years of service, Althea!

If you would like to read more about Dr. Althea Macaulay's life, achievements, and commitment to CFUW, please click here.

CFUW Dartmouth 70th Anniversary tea held on Oct 3, 2018.


CFUW Brantford Hosts All Candidates Night

CFUW Haliburton celebrates centennial with scholarship contest

Rick Hansen Ambassador inspires CFUW Orillia
CFUW Parksville-Qualicum organizes local REDress Project, which highlights missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada

Newsletters

 

GWI News
October 31, 2018
November 14, 2018
 

IAW News
October Newsletter


Club Action Newsletter October 19, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

UPCOMING WEBINAR

Only a few days left before our webinar on Child Care advocacy!
Child care and gender equality go hand in hand. Learn more about the child care situation in Canada and what the next steps to make it affordable and accessible are.

Please join us and share this invitation to your network!
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/354952371913602/
To register please contact Zindzi at cfuwgen@rogers.com by Tuesday October 23rd

2018-2019 RESOLUTION CYCLE

The new resolution cycle is now open. Each year clubs are invited to submit resolutions that are voted at the AGM and will be part of CFUW’s policy book from which we base our advocacy actions and public positions.
You can find the updated resolution guidelines here.
To prepare an intent to submit a resolution, Use Form 1 of the resolution guidelines. Clubs can send their intent to resolutions@cfuw.org.
National Office will publish Intents by November 30, after a review by the Resolutions Committee.
For questions about the resolution process contact Teresa Habs, Chair of the Resolutions Committee at resolutions@fcfdu.org, or the National Office at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com.

PERSON'S DAY 2018

Congratulations Alana!

 

Alana Robert, the most recent winner of the CFUW ABORIGINAL WOMEN'S AWARD (AWA), has been awarded the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. The Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Casewere created in 1979 to mark the 50th anniversary of the groundbreaking Persons Case, which changed the course of history for women in Canada. This year, five recipients have been chosen from across Canada. Recipients of these Awards continue the tradition of courage, integrity and hard work that the Famous Five of the Persons Case inspired. Alana has been a vocal advocate for women's issues, particularly for Indigenous women, and was a guest speaker on our most recent CFUW Charitable Trust Webinar, Women and Education: Indigenous Experiences (which will be available for online viewing soon!). If you would like to read more about the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, and specifically about Alana's incredible and inspiring achievements, you can click here for more information.

Alice E. Wilson plaque unveiled at Canadian Museum of Nature

From left to right: Betty Dunlop, Mary Partington, Charlotte Rigby, Grace Hollett, and Susan Russell


Last night, in Ottawa, on Person’s Day, Dr. Alice Evelyn Wilson (1881-1964) was honoured at an impressive ceremony when, in the presence of a filled room at the Canadian Museum of Nature, a plaque was unveiled to acknowledge her as a woman of national historic significance.
 Alice Wilson had been working with the Canadian Geological Survey from 1909, but could not get leave from her work to further her studies until CFUW advocated on her behalf, and also presented her with a Fellowship to enable her doctoral studies at Chicago.
Current applications for CFUW’s Charitable Trust Fellowships include six of $5000 each named for Dr. Alice Evelyn Wilson, a former CFUW member.
 CFUW had put forward Dr. Wilson’s name for this honour, and when contacted by Parks Canada in January 2018 to respond to the draft wording of the plaque, Past President Ardith Toogood, who had initiated the process, and I, used her and Susan Russell’s research in this review. To read the wording on the plaque, and to view more photos from the event, please click here.



Grace Hollett

Visit to the National Office


Yesterday, October 18, which just so happened to be Person's Day here in Canada, the National Office received a visit from CFUW National President, Grace Hollett. We were thrilled to have her join us, especially on the birthday of our Advocacy Coordinator, Geneviève (which explains the cake)!

ADVOCACY

Just in case you may have missed it, the Fall Advocacy Package is out! In it, you will find template letters, handouts, and suggested actions on CFUW’s resolutions adopted at our last AGM in June!

Time to take action!
To access it click here!

Participate in the consultation on the ban of handguns

CFUW supports a total ban on assault weapons, large-capacity magazines and handgunsas per CFUW’s policy book. Let’s put the safety and the well-being of our communities first.
The government is giving the opportunity to Canadians to weigh in on the issue via online consultations.
“In 2016, more than half (60%) of firearm-related violent crimes involved handguns. Statistics Canada has also concluded that much of the increase in firearm-related violent crime in recent years has been driven by increases in violent crime where a handgun was present.”
We encourage you to participate in the consultation and ask the government to prohibit the circulation of weapons designed to kill. Click here to participate.

From November 25 until December 6, participate in the 16 days campaign by raising awareness on gender-based violence. Organize events, participate on social media, or attend the 16-days events closest to you, found here.
To register your event, click here.

CLUB NEWS

Saskatoon Council of Women’s Annual Persons’ Day Luncheon &
Women’s Hall of Fame Induction
 on October 26th


CFUW Halifax presents an Evening of Music with Halifax Regional Arts music Students on Thursday, November 8th.


CFUW Notable Women's Award event held for recipient Carolyn Day in Southampton

CFUW Stratford hosts debate for all female candidates in their upcoming municipal elections

CFUW White Rock/Surrey celebrates 60 years

CFUW Milton and District 100th Anniversary Scholarship

CFUW Milton and District raises funds to endow the Canadian Federation of University Women Milton and District Scholarship Trust Fund, which awards several scholarships annually. In celebration of CFUW's 100th Anniversary, the Club has announced their new scholarship program: CFUW 100th Anniversary Gray Dryden Scholarship for Continued Post-Secondary Education and Graduate Studies.

To apply, and to learn more about this scholarship, and the other ways CFUW Milton and District is helping fund women's education, please check out their website.

Newsletters

CFUW Sudbury Newsletter

CFUW Perth Newsletter

IAW News


October Newsletter



Club Action Newsletter August 27, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW 100th Anniversary Scarf

   

   CFUW has started an initiative to have members send in pictures of statues of women wearing our CFUW 100th Anniversary scarf. We have already received quite a few fantastic submissions! If you would like to join us in helping celebrate CFUW's 100th Anniversary, please send your pictures to our Member Engagement Coordinator, Zindzi Makinde, at cfuwgen@rogers.com. Please include the names and locations of the statues.
   Scarves can be purchased through the National Office, for a limited time price of $30.00. This can be done by sending a cheque to the National Office:
331 Cooper Street, Suite 502
Ottawa, Ontario

K2P 0G5

or over the phone by credit card to the number below::
1-613-234-8252 ext. 101

*We will be accepting photos until October 31, 2018.


If you would like any more information about this initiative, please take a look at this video.

ADVOCACY

   Courtesy of CFUW North Bay

 
On the Advocacy Menu this Year: A Little Sneak Peek at what’s Ahead!

 
We have a lot of exciting events, advocacy material, and campaigns coming up for clubs this year! A few highlights include:

  • Fall Advocacy Package: This package will provide tools to clubs to support and advocate for our three newest resolutions!
  • 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence: From November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day. CFUW national will be participating in the campaign and encouraging clubs to generate actions to end gender-based violence.
  • The launch of the Grandparents for Childcare Campaign: A Campaign to Support Universal Child Care ahead of the 2019 federal elections. Grandparents have witnessed the child care failures in this country and the impacts it has on their children and grandchildren. It’s time for grandparents to mobilize and make this a key election issue!
  • International Women’s Day Celebrations, March 8: Clubs are encouraged to celebrate this day, raise awareness on gender inequalities, and fund raise for our IWD Fundraising Project.
  • And so much more!!

Tell your fellow club members to subscribe to the newsletter and look out for our advocacy updates throughout the year! Watch out world, CFUW ladies are in full-advocacy mode!

 
Join/Register a Sisters in Spirit Vigil

 

   On October 4, Sister in Spirit Vigils are held across Canada to raise awareness on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and show support to their families.
   As the Native Women’s Association of Canada mentions: "A vigil can take many forms, from a moment of silence, to a rally, to a community feast. All that is important is that you take some time on or around October 4th to mark the day".
   To organize a vigil in your community please consult NWAC’s Community Resource Guide. The guide is filled with useful information for organizers to raise awareness on the issue responsibly.

           
You can register your vigil here.


Learn how to advocate for Pharmacare


   Pharmacare is within reach. We will need as much public support as we can get to make Universal Pharmacare a reality for all Canadians! Next Wednesday, August 29 join the Canadian Labour Congress for a live webinar to learn how to promote Universal Pharmacare in your own community!


Register here.


Ending Online Harassment


   Online harassment has become increasingly preoccupying.  According to Statistics Canada, the individuals that experience the most online abuse are women and people of colour.
   This is why Heartmob was created. This online tool is used to generate a community of support for victims of online harassment, and is there to help report abuse. Get to know this tool!


Find out more here:  https://iheartmob.org/

 

CFUW CLUB NEWS

  • UWC Montreal member, Earlyn Sharpe, was recently interviewed by CBC about the first ever Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) First Nations and Inuit Education launched by The Mohawk community of Kahnawà:ke and McGill University. Earlyn has been instrumental in the design and planning of this program. Click here to listen to her interview.
  • CFUW Edmonton: Hosts FREE monthly movie nights at Whitemud Crossing Library, every 4th Monday from 6:30-9pm. Selected movies are life-giving and feature strong women. Next movie is Sept 24!
  • Upcoming Events for CFUW Aurora/Newmarket
  • CFUW Saskatoon  Fall 2018 Newsletter

Newsletter Updates


   If you would like your Club's special events, initiatives, or accomplishments, to be featured in our National Newsletter, please send the information to our Member Engagement Coordinator, Zindzi Makinde, at cfuwgen@rogers.com., and we will be happy to feature your Club in our next Newsletter! 

GWI News
GWI Update- August 22, 2018

 

IAW
August Newsletter

Club Action Newsletter August 9, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 


Pre-Budget Brief: A Focus on Economic Justice for Women


  Measures to remedy women’s social and economic inequalities are instrumental in increasing our economic prosperity and competitiveness. Budget 2019 needs to strengthen initiatives to achieve economic justice for women.
   On August 3, CFUW submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance ahead of the 2019 budget. The brief highlights the need for bolder commitments and targeted policies to end violence against women, ensure access to universal child care, close the gender pay gap and ensure safe and adequate housing.


Click here to read our brief

ADVOCACY


CFUW Reacts to Family Separation and Detention in the US


   The US government put in place a cruel policy on asylum seekers that resulted in over 3000 children being separated from their parents. As the family reunification process is slowly starting, CFUW has written letters to put pressure on the US government in order to ensure all families are reunited as soon as possible and that migrant families are no longer separated and detained in jail-like conditions. Prior to these communications CFUW contacted Women Graduate-USA in order to inform the organization of our support on this issue.
 
   You can access the letters here: Letter to US AmbassadorLetter to Minister Freeland.

CFUW Signs onto a Joint Statement on Canada’s Support for Women Human Rights Defenders in Saudi Arabia
 

   In a joint statement released on August 9, CFUW and a group of Canadian non-governmental organizations express support for the women human rights defenders arbitrarily detained in Saudi Arabia and approve of Canada’s denunciation of the situation.

We believe the government of Canada should continue to stand up for human rights. We call on Saudi Arabia for the immediate release of all women’s rights activists currently detained.

Read the full joint statement here.

CFUW NEWS

 

Dear members and partners,

 
   The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is looking for three dynamic individuals with innovative ideas to be Chairs of its three (3) Sectoral Commissions (Education; Natural, Social and Human Sciences; Culture, Communication and Information) and fully engage their members in fulfilling CCUNESCO's and UNESCO's mandates.
 
   The call for application and additional information on the Sectoral Commissions’ mandate and priority themes can be found in the attached document.
 
   Interested applicants are invited to manifest their interest before September 17th, 2018 at alexandra.bobek@ccunesco.ca.
 
CCUNESCO’s Secretariat


Sectoral Commission Info
Call for Applications
 
****
Chers membres et partenaires,
 
   La Commission canadienne pour l’UNESCO (CCUNESCO) est à la recherche de trois personnes dynamiques et aux idées novatrices pour assurer la présidence de ses trois Commissions sectorielles (Éducation; Sciences naturelles, sociales et humaines; Culture, Communication et information) et maximiser l’engagement des membres de celles-ci afin de favoriser la mise en œuvre du mandat de la CCUNESCO et de l’UNESCO.
 
   Vous trouverez l’appel à candidatures et des renseignements additionnels sur le mandat des Commissions sectorielles et les thèmes qui y seront discutés en priorité dans les documents ci-joints.  Les personnes intéressées sont invitées à manifester leur intérêt à alexandra.bobek@ccunesco.ca avant le 17 septembre 2018.
 
Le secrétariat de la CCUNESCO

Document d'information des Commissiones sectorielles
Appel à candidatures

 


CFUW Elizabeth Massey Award Recipient(2012) Joins the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as Affiliate Composer 


   The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and Interim Artistic Director Sir Andrew Davis proudly announce that Canadian composer Emilie LeBelhas been selected as the TSO's new Affiliate Composer. Emilie was awarded the Canadian Federation of University Women Elizabeth Massey Award in 2012. The Elizabeth Massey Award was established in 2006, in memory of Elizabeth Massey, a young lawyer and member of CFUW, whose life was greatly enriched by her love of the creative arts.

 

CFUW CLUBS NEWS

 

GWI News
GWI Update- August 8, 2018

IAW News
August Newsletter

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Club Action Newsletter May 4, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

  • May 15, 2018Donations Records: Please input your Club's total scholarships, Charitable Trust and other donations made between January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 on the cfuwmembership.org website by May 15, 2018. A guide for how to submit your 2017 Club donations is available at this link here. If you have any questions or require your Club's Username/Password, please contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com
  • June 1, 2018: Please register for the 2018 AGM by June 1 at this link here. For additional information about the AGM and registration, refer to Advisory #2
  • June 1, 2018: Deadline for voting delegates to submit AGM Credentials Form to Betty Dunlop at cfuwfls@rogers.com (please note that Betty's email in Advisory #2 is incorrect). 
  • August 15-17, 2019: Mark your calendars! The 2019 AGM will be taking place August 15-17, 2019 at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg. Details will follow in the next few months about reservations and travel.

Support Stronger Gun Control in Canada

The government introduced Bill C-71 to strengthen Canada’s gun control legislation. After the end of the long-gun registry, Canada failed to reintroduce past legal provisions related to the control on gun sales. Bill C-71 will enhance criteria for background checks and continuous eligibility checks, in addition to ensuring stronger provisions for the control of sales requiring gun shop retailers to keep records of sales and to verify that licences for owning firearms are current. Ask your elected officials to put the safety and the well-being of your community first by adopting Bill C-71!
UWC North York has already contacted many of their elected officials on the issue, and National will be sending a large number of letters in the next few days. Join us in this important advocacy effort!

Send a letter to your MP: Template letter here ENGLISH //  FRENCH
You can also access the letters via the membership website here.

100th Anniversary Video 

We are looking for clubs to submit any media or links to videos of their clubs in action in their community from the last 3 years. Do you have footage from a club event? Were you featured in your local news? Was someone from your club interviewed? Please send it to Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com by May 7th. 

Final Blitz for the IWD Fundraising Project!

There is less than a month left for the 2018 IWD Project and we are excited to announce that the fundraiser is well on its way! Thanks to our clubs and members the total  amount of contributions to date for the MATCH International Fund is $3500! We hope to get to 4000$ by the end of the month. This is especially exciting considering that the amount will be doubled by a MATCH donor.
Clubs and members wanting to make a contribution have until June 1st to do so.
 (See details below to send your contribution).
CFUW local clubs supporting women’s grassroots organization in the global south is a powerful statement of solidarity. We believe our partnership with the MATCH for the IWD project is a strong symbol of the ‘’Power of Women Working Together’’.

  • Option 1) Clubs and individual members wanting to receive a tax receipt can make out cheques to: MATCH International Women’s Fund with memo: “CFUW IWD 2018”. (Receipts will be provided for a minimum of $10 contribution). MATCH is located at: 600-123 Slater Street, Ottawa, K1P 5H
  • Option 2You can make donations online here (and make sure to mention “CFUW IWD 2018” in the feedback section).
  • Option 3CFUW National Office also accepts donations from clubs and individuals. You can make, your cheque to the Canadian Federation of University Women with the mention CFUW IWD 2018. Please note that CFUW National cannot issue tax receipts.

Advocacy

 

Webinar: Unlocking the Power of Diverse Women in Politics

Want to learn more about breaking the gender barriers in politics? On May 16, 2018, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities will be presenting a webinar to discuss local governance and the participation of women in all their diversity. Register now!
 

CFUW Proud Supporter of the Documentary MISOGYNY 2.0

CFUW endorsed the upcoming documentary and digital project MISOGYNY 2.0 in a letter addressed to the TELUS Fund. The documentary from Les Productions de la Ruelle (PDLR) in partnership with ICI RADIO-CANADA TÉLÉ and SODEC, co-written and co-directed by Léa Clermont-Dion and Guylaine Maroist, will address the causes and the consequences of cyber-intimidation and cyber-violence within a feminist lens.
‘’After the #meetoo social movement, there is the need to keep the momentum going on meaningful societal reflections. We believe your documentary is a key element in doing that, pushing the reflection further and empowering women living cyber-intimidation and cyber-violence, by increasing access to resources to address the issue’’ wrote Robin Jackson, CFUW Executive Director.
We wish the production a tremendous success and look forward to the release date!

 

Calling on Clubs and Members to Support the Rwanda Association of University Women (RAUW)
Marianne Muir from the Comox Valley and Susan Shepherd from Victoria are calling on Clubs and Members to support vulnerable girls in Rwanda through our sister organization the Rwanda Association of University Women (RAUW). Your financial support will allow a girl to remain in school in her own community, have her tuition paid, be provided with mentoring, and offered support and information in sexual reproductive health. Read their detailed request for support here, and join this initiative!

For more information, or to contribute, please contact: Susan Shepherd – Email: shepsue@yahoo.com / Phone: 778-350-4370

GWI News
18 April 2018
19 April 2018 – CSW62 Special Edition
2 May 2018


CFUW Clubs News

  • In April UWC Montreal Inc. completed the first North American Olympes de la Parole competition which asked participants to explain how access to new technologies could contribute to the empowerment of indigenous girls and women in a particular region of Canada. Head over to their facebook page to see some of the highlights from the event. 
  • Members of CFUW Truro read their civil society statement on non-State torture to the UN Human Rights Council in February. You can watch the video here
  • On May 6th, CFUW St Catharines will host their 44th Annual House Tour which will feature a lakefront living at its finest. Check out the local article about the event here
  • Montreal Lakeshore UWC celebrated their 60th anniversary last week and was featured in their local paper which highlighted the club's contributions locally and globally throughout the years. Read the story here. 
  • CFUW Stratford welcomed Spring by hosting their annual "Tulips and Trivia" event last week to raise money for their scholarship fund. Read more here
  • CFUW Aurora/Newmarket hosted a celebration to honour the winner of their short story contest, Natalie Simonian who wrote Translating Carter, a story about a transgender youth, Read about the event and the short story here
  • The "150 Years of Fashion" fundraiser hosted by CFUW Sunshine Coast was a sold out event that raised money for scholarships and offered attendees a history of women's fashion across the centuries. Check out photos of the event here
  • CFUW Sherbrook invited 15 students from local secondary schools to meet at Amédée-Beaudoin Community Centre in Lennoxville to participate in the 26th annual (CFUW) public speaking competition on Wednesday afternoon. Read more about some of the topics students spoke on here

IAW News
April Newsletter 

Important Dates 

May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Oshawa and Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 8 : Deadline to Register for AGM 
June 23: Electronic AGM

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The CFUW International Committee continues the series on significant days to facilitate the conversation about the Sustainable Development Goals. The purpose is to overlay a recognized Theme Day with the SDG lens in order to shine a light on, and bring the conversation to the grassroots level.

SDG SERIES : Earth Day
For the eighth feature in the SDG series, the CFUW International Committee celebrates Earth Day. Through this piece the committee shares with members meaningful reflections on the state of our environment and the urgency to act. They also discuss the interconnection between the environment and gender equality by focusing on the Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls, which was this year's United Nations Commission on the Status of Women's Priority Theme. You can access the series here

Each year on Earth Day we pause to reflect upon the impact that we are having on the planet and what we need to do about it. However, it isn’t just once a year that we should do this. It is each and every day. As Jane Goodall once said, “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Writes Dr. Shelley Ball, CFUW Perth and District, Member of the CFUW Climate Change Committee


Club Action Newsletter April 17, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

A message to bereaved families of the Humbolt Tragedy
 

“Kindness everywhere after bus crash kills 16” is the headline of an article in Tuesday's papers from The Canadian Press which tells of the reaction to the terrible accident that took the lives of so many of the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Team and injured 13 others as they were travelling to the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League playoff game on April 6th. Throughout Canada people are sympathizing with the families of those who did not survive the accident and with those whose loved ones were injured in the accident. Yesterday here in Mt. Pearl, NL, I attended a church service where all were remembered as their names were read.
 
When we were alerted to this tragedy Bilkies McKen, VP Prairies, and I composed the following brief message of condolence and forwarded it to the bereaved families last week on behalf of CFUW.  

  • Membership Dues: Congratulations to CFUW Guelph Winner of the draw for the Asus Zenpad for getting membership dues in before Aprill. Please note that the final deadline for membership dues to be submitted to National is May 1st.
  • Voluntary Payment of the GWI Dues Increase: The deadline to send in voluntary contributions of the GWI $8.40 dues increase is April 30th. The cheque should be made out to the Canadian Federation of University Women (spelled out in full) with a notation that it is for GWI voluntary payment of GWI increased dues. The address is: Suite 502, 331 Cooper Street, Ottawa K2P 0G5.  National office will arrange one wire transfer to GWI. We have been asked if individual members could pay in excess of $8.40 and that is acceptable. All funds collected will be forwarded to GWI around May 15, 2018. 
  • 2019 AGM: Mark your calendars! The 2019 AGM will be taking place August 15-17, 2019at the Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg. Details will follow in the next few months about reservations and travel.

Under the Copenhagen Accord, Canada committed to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) to 30% below 2005 levels by 2020. Canada’s auditor general has worked together to examine the federal and provincial governments response to climate change. According to the report released in March 2018, Canada is most likely NOT to reach the 2020 target. Read more about their report here
This Earth Day take action for the Environment!

  • To advocate for the use of renewable energy in Canada and the reduction of Green House Gas Emissions, sign onto this petition
  • To advocate to save our pollinators, sign onto this petition.
  • If you have not done it yet, contact your MP about access for Safe, Drinking Water on reserves :

Safe Water Letter to M.P. / Lettre Accès à l’eau potable (Élu Fédéral)
Safe Water Letter to M.L.A. and al. / Lettre Accès à l’eau potable (Élu Provincial)
 
You can also look at tips from the David Suzuki Foundation on how to reduce your carbon footprint at this link here

100th Anniversary Video 

We are looking for clubs to submit any media or links to videos of their clubs in action in their community from the last 3 years. Do you have footage from a club event? Were you featured in your local news? Was someone from your club interviewed? Please send it to Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com by May 7th. 

Option 1) Clubs and individual members wanting to receive a tax receipt can make out cheques to: MATCH International Women’s Fund with memo: “CFUW IWD 2018”. (Receipts will be provided for a minimum of $10 contribution). MATCH is located at: 600-123 Slater Street, Ottawa, K1P 5H

Option 2You can make donations online here (and make sure to mention “CFUW IWD 2018” in the feedback section).

Option 3CFUW National Office also accepts donations from clubs and individuals. You can make, your cheque to the Canadian Federation of University Women with the mention CFUW IWD 2018. Please note that CFUW National cannot issue tax receipts.

Meet our UNCSW62 Bloggers!

Our delegation might be back, but they still have a lot to share with members across Canada from their time in New York. To access the blog page of the UNCSW delegation you can go to the membership website here(username: viewonly, password: cfuw4321).  Our first entry focuses on The Role of Canada Post* in Marginalization and Discrimination of Canada’s Rural and Indigenous Women by Sandra Shaw, CFUW Delegate to the UNCSW62 and Vice President of CFUW Perth and District. Stay-tuned, more entries to come!

Advocacy

 

Universal Pharmacare

  • CFUW sent a letter signed by our President Grace Hollett to Minister of Health, Ginette Petit Pas Taylor, about the government’s announcement in the 2018 Budget of the creation of an advisory council on Pharmacare. CFUW welcomes the government’s announcement, however, we are concerned that this advisory council lacks both funding and a definitive timeline. We are also concerned by the lack of financial commitments toward the implementation of Universal Pharmacare. Read our full letter here

Universal Child Care

  • CFUW sent a letter to Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Jean-Yves Duclos, to voice our concerns related to the lack of new investments in the Budget to respond to Canada’s child care crisis. Read our full letter here.

GWI News
April 4, 2018

IAW News
April Newsletter 


CFUW Clubs News

  • CFUW South Delta was featured in their local paper this week for their post-secondary bursaries. Read the story here
  • "The biggest event of the year for book lovers" in Truro, N.S. is coming up as CFUW Truro gets ready for their book sale fundraiser. Read tmore about the book sale and who the proceeds benefit here
  • CFUW Yorkton hosted an event on International Women's Day focused on family immigration in Saskatchewan. Read the full story here
  • CFUW Renfrew is gearing up for its annual book sale to raise funds for their scholarship program. Check out their feature here
  • CFUW Cambridge invited greenhouse vegetable specialist, Shalin Khosia to share with their membership about how greenhouse gardening is revolutionizing the vegetable industry in Ontario. Read the full story here
  • An upcoming fundraiser for CFUW Sunshine Coast will include Ivan Sayers to speak on the history of Canadian fashion. Read more about the event here.
  • CFUW Barrie will host this year's local Jane's Walk, an opportunity for the community to have a "walking conversation through neighbourhoods" Read more here.
  • CFUW Mississauga invites all members to their African Marketplace  fundraiser, an event to support educational opportunites for  Tanzanian girls. See event details here

Important Dates 

April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Deadline for proposed amendments to the Aricles and Bylaws amendments 
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award Applications due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Oshawa and Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

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Our mailing address is:
331 Cooper Street, Suite 502Ottawa, Ontario

K2P 0G5

Club Action Newsletter March 29, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Reminders

  • Donations Records: Please input your Club's total scholarships, Charitable Trust and other donations made between January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 on the  cfuwmembership.org website by May 15, 2018. A guide for how to submit your 2017 Club donations is available at this link here. If you have any questions or require your Club's Username/Password, please contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com

Membership Dues: To participate in the raffle draw for an Asus Zenpad Tablet, please submit your Membership Dues by: March 31, 2018. Find instructions for how to submit your membership dues here

Draft Minutes from the 2017 CFUW AGM : The draft minutes from the 2017 CFUW AGM are available for your information – please click here. They are also available on the Member Resource website – www.cfuwadmin.org in the Governance section under Annual General Meetings.

Call for Members Interested in Joining National Committees

We encourage all CFUW members who may be interested in joining a national committee to read the job descriptions for the various committees and submit the Expression of Interest form to National Office. Current Chairs and committee members are welcome to indicate their interest in continuing by also submitting the Expression of Interest form. This can also be done by a current Committee chair on behalf of her committee members who wish to continue. CFUW benefits from the work of all of members who dedicate many hours of volunteer commitment and our organization remains strong because of our volunteers. All CFUW Committee Chairs and Members serve for a two-year term and are appointed at the beginning of each biennium by the new board of directors.
 
Committee chairs are appointed by the Board of each biennium. They will be appointed for the 2018–2020 biennium at a post AGM Board meeting.  All forms that have been received indicating a member’s interest in serving as a committee member will be made available to the committee chairs and they will identify their committee members in the six weeks following the post AGM board meeting and thereafter bring the names forward for ratification by the Board.
 
We welcome expression of interest for these positions (filling out this form and submitting it constitutes an expression of interest). Please contact Grace Hollett, National President of CFUW, graceh@nl.rogers.com should you wish any additional information. 

Click here for the Expression of Interest Application Form

(*This is a Word document and will automatically download when you click it, you may have to check your "Downloads" folder)

Scarved by CFUW! 

While in New York at UNCSW61, some of the CFUW delegates put a CFUW 100th Anniversary Scarf around the neck of the defiant girl in front of the iconic bull on Wall Street. That photo was the most popular posting ever put on our Facebook page! We want to replicate this initiative across Canada and are asking Clubs/members to put a CFUW scarf around all the monuments of women in Canada. 

Please take a picture and submit it to cfuwgen@rogers.com  with the word “Scarved” in the subject box. Please include the name of the monument and the city. 

The photos will be included in a display (a slide/video show for the celebrations). It will show our solidarity with women and it’s a fun way to engage members with little cost. 
Timeline: February 1, 2019

Cheryl Hayles, 100th Anniversary Committee

CFUW National at International Women's Day

Staff from the CFUW national office co-organized with a diverse coalition of Canadian and international organizations the largest International Women’s Day event in Ottawa with over 600 people in attendance this year. The event featured an award ceremony honoring 5 feminists change-makers from the National Capital Region, an activists fair with 25 women and human rights organizations, arts performances namely a few scenes from the play The Ghomeshi Effect, and a dance party.

Staff from the CFUW national office co-organized with a diverse coalition of Canadian and international organizations the largest International Women’s Day event in Ottawa with over 600 people in attendance this year. The event featured an award ceremony honoring 5 feminist change-makers from the National Capital Region, an activists fair with 25 women and human rights organizations, arts performances namely a few scenes from the play The Ghomeshi Effect, and a dance party.

Equal Pay Day – Social Media Campaign
Equal Pay Day (Ontario) is approaching April 10, 2018. We are excited to see clubs advocating for equal pay for women across Canada. Check out CFUW Stratford’s twitter and Facebook for their myth busting campaign and 12 steps to closing the gender wage gap.  You can also read the local coverage of their campaign here. We encourage clubs to raise awarness on social media leading up to April 10 and share CFUW Stratford’s amazing campaign or create their own posts.  Follow #EqualPayDay to stay in the conversation.

To mark Equal Pay Day, CFUW National will be hosting a Salary Negotiation Workshop at St. Paul's University. Check out the Facebook event here and consider sharing with your networks if your in the area! 

MATCH International works to ensure that funding for women's organizations goes directly to the grassroots organizations who are working in their own communities. Until very recently only .003% of government dollars were  going to women's rights organizations. It's for this reason that MATCH has been actively engaged in the policy space to move the marker, and also why as an organization Match makes direct grants to local women's organizations. Precisely to fill this gap. MATCH recently succeeded in working with the government to launch Women's Voice and Leadership, a $150 million commitment to women's rights organizations globally.

Jess Tomlin, President and CEO of Match international said “75% of [MATCH's] organizational revenue goes directly to women's organizations, currently in 25 countries around the world. But we hope to grow our scope, and we are grateful that you [MATCH partners] are aiding us to do so!” MATCH extends its sincerest gratitude to partners like CFUW for their contributions. For more information about MATCH financial highlights from 2017 read their annual report(page 10) . 
 

A reminder for all CFUW clubs, the deadline to send contributions for the IWD Fundraising project is May 1, 2018. There is still time to campaign and raise money that goes towards women in need.

CFUW Clubs News

  • The University Women’s Club of Montreal announced their winners of the 1st les Olympes de la Parole Competition in Canada. This year’s theme was: How access to information technology can help empower indigenous girls and women in Canada. You can read the submission from one of the winners here. CFUW would like to extend our congratulations to each participant and their outstanding work. You can find more information about their submissions here.
  • Karen Dunnett, CFUW Past President and current co-president of CFUW Moncton, spoke at the Pay Equity IWD Press Conference on March 6, 2018. Karen highlights the need for strong legislation and the human right obligation to make pay equity a reality. The interview can be found here.
  • On March 7, CFUW Moncton hosted viewing of the NFB documentary And We Knew How to Dance: Women in World War I. This feature documentary profiles 12 Canadian women who entered the male-dominated world of munitions factories in 1994 and farm labour during World War I. 
  • The CFUW Kelowna attendees of the UNSCW conference were recognized in their local news! Read the coverage here.
  • UWC Toronto member, Talisha Ramsaroop received the first Pam McConnell award on International Women’s Day. Talisha was selected for her “absolute commitment to her community” and political activity. You can read the full story here. 
  • As part of its International Women's Day event, March 8, the Aurora-Newmarket Canadian Federation of University Women heard about how human trafficking works and what can be done to prevent it. Read more here
  • CFUW North Bay joined over 20 other organizations on their annual "Join Me on the Bridge" campaign. Read coverage of the event here
  • "Lesser-known activists of Canada's women's movement given their turn in the spotlight"Read the article from CFUW Past President Doris May published in the Winnipeg Free Press
  • CFUW West Vancouver celebrated 61 years of supporting women's education on the North Shore at Hollyburn Elementary School on March 15. Read more here.
  • On March 15, CFUW Sunshine Coast and the local charity CanaDares Society for Street Children in Tanzania hosted speaker Sarah Payne to share her inspiring story of overcoming adversary and her work in developing outreach programs in her community. Read more here.
  • CFUW Vernon hosted its annual Eco-friendly home tour to help educate members about energy efficiency. Read more about the great event here. 

GWI News

Newsletter, 21 March 2018

IAW News

The theme for the next edition of IAW News is: Women and Climate Change. Below are some questions to engage in dialogue within your communities:

  • Do you have news about how your country or region is working to combat climate change?
  • What is being done to improve the environment?
  • How are women involved, particularly rural women?

Important Dates 

Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize

Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
April 13-14: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 28: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Deadline for proposed amendments to the Aricles and Bylaws amendments 
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award Applications due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Oshawa and Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

Copyright © | 2016 | Canadian Federation of University Women | All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
331 Cooper Street, Suite 502

K2P 0G5

Club Action Newsletter: February 9, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Congratulations to CFUW London 
Winner of the Nest Protect Smoke Alarm


Thank-you to all the clubs who submitted your membership numbers by January 31.

To participate in the next raffle draw for an Asus Zenpad Tablet,
please submit your Membership Dues by:
 March 31, 2018

Donation Records Reminder

This is a reminder to please input your Club's total scholarships, Charitable Trust and other donations made between January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017 on the cfuwmembership.org website. A guide for how to submit your 2017 Club donations is available below. If you have any questions or require your Club's Username/Password, please contact Jenna Smith 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 May 15, 2018.  Guide to submitting your Club's donation records.

Report from the 100th Anniversary Scholarship Committee

The CFUW 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project reports that $155,000 will be given out by CFUW in additional awards in 2019. Congratulations to everybody! The CFUW Charitable Trust has received donations totaling $65,977 from 42 Clubs, four Councils, and numerous individuals for additional national awards in 2019.  The Trust had committed to adding $10,000 from its capital to these donations so the total to be awarded is $75,977.  These additional national awards will be from the current portfolio in the CFUW Fellowships program.  (The total number and amounts of the 100th Anniversary awards will be determined shortly by the Charitable Trust in consultation with the Fellowships Committee.)  The Trust will also be discussing what to do with additional donations from Clubs which come in after the cut-off date of January 1, 2018 and are not included in the above total. The second part of the Scholarship Project – the tracking of additional local awards – will be the focus of CFUW 100th Anniversary Scholarship Project Committee over the next 18 months.  Present reports indicate that the total of these awards is close to $80,000.

The Art of Leadership for Women is returning to Toronto on April 13th, 2018. CFUW members and their colleagues have an opportunity to participate in this exceptional day of learning. The conference brings together a unique collection of extraordinary, influential women whose talent, drive and passion have established them as dynamic leaders and change agents. From world leaders, business icons, bestselling authors, academics and more, these powerful role models share their personal stories while shining a humanistic lens on many of the narratives and issues confronting women today.

For more information visit: The Art of Leadership for Women
 
REGISTRATION: 
Register before February 16th using promo code CFUW20 and save $100 per pass. To register now: Click Here. For additional details on seating arrangements and other group assistance please contact Vivek Mehmi at vivek@theartof.com or 416.479.9701 ext. 320.

This International Women’s Day CFUW clubs and members can make a difference and show ‘’the Power of Women Working Together’’ by supporting grassroots women’s organizations in the Global South. The MATCH International, Canada’s only Global Fund for Women, is the official CFUW partner for the 2018 International Women’s Day fundraising project. This year, a donor to our international grant partner will double the funds raised by your club! 

 THE REFUGEE BAG AUCTION

To raise funds for Match, clubs can auction off “refugee bags” at their events and gatherings. These unique bags are made out of refugee tents fabric and carry a compelling story of resilience. Click here to see the bag. If you wish to organize a bag auction, order your bag from cfuwgen@rogers.com (please include the name of your club, number of bags, and mailing information). To receive your bag in time for your IWD event, place your order by February 25, 2018. For other events, place your order by March 30th2018.  

To find out more about The MATCH Fund and its partners, please visit www.matchinternational.org

Deadline to send contributions for the IWD Fundraising project is May 1, 2018.

  • Option 1) Clubs and individual members wanting to receive a tax receipt can make out cheques to: MATCH International Women’s Fund with memo: “CFUW IWD 2018”. (Receipts will be provided for a minimum of $10 contribution)
  • Option 2You can make donations online here (and make sure to mention “CFUW IWD 2018” in the feedback section).
  • Option 3CFUW National Office also accepts donations from clubs and individuals. You can make, your cheque to the Canadian Federation of University Women with the mention CFUW IWD 2018. Please note that CFUW National cannot issue tax receipts.

To be featured in the CFUW IWD Calendar of events, contact Geneviève at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com (please include, date, description, and other relevant elements such as link to Facebook event, website link, flyer, or link to registration form). Please specify if your event is part of the IWD fundraising project for the MATCH International Women’s Fund. Deadline to submit your event is February 19, 2018.

Last week Crystal Gail Fraser and Dr. Sara Komarnisky gave a wonderful webinar presentation on their list of a 150 acts of reconciliation. Whether you were able to tune in or not, we encourage clubs to go have a look at their list here and let Crystal and Sara know which acts you are taking on by using #150Acts or writing to them.
Twitter: Crystal: @crystalfraser Sarah: @sizzlekomizzle
Hashtags: #150acts
Email: 150acts@gmail.com
To further share the #150Acts, Sara and Crystal created a set of posters designed by Yukon artist Lianne Marie Leda Charlie who is Tagé Cho Hudän | Big River People (Northern Tutchone). Clubs can support Crystal and Sara’s work and order the artistic posters here

Advocacy


CFUW Supports the Recent Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs Program 

  • We believe federal money should not be spent toward activities undermining women’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights and trans rights. CFUW along with 86 human rights organizations signed onto an Open Letter Supporting Recent Changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program. Read the letter here

Concerns over slow progress to access safe drinking water and sanitation in Indigenous communities 

  • CFUW President Grace Hollett wrote to Minister Philpott in the context of the December 2017 Parliamentary Budget Officer Report on funding for water and waste water management infrastructure as well as in support of Indigenous-led initiatives. CFUW echoes the concerns of Indigenous groups and human right groups on the sustainable financing of water and waste water infrastructure and management. Click here to read the letter.

Janne Sarson and Linda MacDonald, Non-State Torture experts, published in Oñati Socio-legal Series

  • CFUW members Jeanne and Linda recently published No Longer Invisible: Families that Torture, Traffic, and Exploit Their Girl Child” in the Oñati Socio-Legal Series, an international peer-reviewed online journal. In this article the leading experts and longstanding advocates for victims of torture by non state actors, explore the trafficking and exploitation of young girls organized by family members. This article represents an important and informative advocacy tool to support policies and laws to end torture by non-state actors. We encourage CFUW members to read it closely! To access the article click here.

CFUW Clubs News

  • CFUW Portage carried out a successful 50/50 draw to raise money for scholarships and bursaries. See the local news coverage of the winner from their recent fundraiser here.
  • CFUW Southport participated in their community’s Women’s March on January 20th. Read coverage about the event here.
  • For their May 9 Scholarship Fundraising Luncheon, CFUW Northumberland will be hosting author Joy Kogawa who will speak about her latest memoir and experience as a Japanese-Canadian. Read more here
  • CFUW Comox Valley will host a lunch with local authors to share about their books. Details here.
  • CFUW Cambridge will host popular morning radio host Gayle O'Brien to give a talk on "Blood, Sweat, and Fears of Progress" at their annual International Women's Day Fundraiser on March 10th. Read more here

GWI News

IAW News

Important Dates

Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 14: Proposed amendments to Articles and Bylaws sent to members
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
Feb 28: Board and RD Nominations due
April 15: Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 1: CFUW Library Award applications due
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Deadline for proposed amendments to the Aricles and Bylaws amendments 
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award Applications due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

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Club Action Newsletter: January 24, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Get your membership numbers in by January 31, 2018 for a chance to win a Nest Protect Smoke Alarm

Find out more about submitting your membership numbers and dues here. 
Please note that all cheques should be made out to "Canadian Federation of University Women" 

CFUW Club Awards and Grants for 2018

Each year, CFUW National provides awards to individual members and clubs who have increased their membership, demonstrated excellent advocacy efforts, and been involved in mentorship. You can see the full list of awards, the deadlines for submissions and the links to the application forms 

at this link here

. Please note that this year there will not be any small grants for clubs as the AGM is being held electronically. 

Crowd Funding: Find the Best Website for your Club


Looking for a way to engage the public with your fundraising campaign? Overwhelmed by the number of Crowd Funding websites available? We have put together a comparative guide to choosing the platform that is right for CFUW. If you want to talk more about crowd funding platforms, or if your club has tried crowd funding and you want to share your expereince, contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com 

 

Advocacy

IWD – Submit your Event to the National Office!


International Women’s Day (March 8th, 2018) is fast approaching and CFUW National Office wants to showcase what clubs across Canada are doing to mark this important date! To be featured in the CFUW IWD Calendar of events, contact Geneviève at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com (please include, date, description, and other relevant elements such as link to Facebook event, website link, flyer, or link to registration form). Please specify if your event is part of the IWD fundraising project for the MATCH International Women’s Fund. Deadline to submit your event is February 19, 2018.

IWD Fundraising Project – MATCH International Women’s Fund


Through our annual selection process, the International Relations Committee recommended and the Board supported MATCH as our Global Giving choice for 2018. Funds raised by CFUW members in the context of the IWD 2018 fundraising project will allow the MATCH International Women’s Fund to expand its support for grassroots women’s organizations and groups in the Global South. The contribution timeline for MATCH is June 22, 2017 to May 1, 2018 when the CFUW National Office accepts donations from clubs and individuals. In the event you would like to contribute, please indicate on your cheque made out to the Canadian Federation of University Women that it is for the MATCH International Women’s Day Project.

Call for Volunteers: Ad Hoc Committee to draft Terms of Reference for proposed Policy Book Review Committee


The Advocacy Committee is looking for volunteers to establish an ad hoc committee to draft the Terms of Reference for a proposed CFUW Policy Book Review Committee. CFUW wants to explore ways to make the policy-book more user-friendly. The first step in this process is to write the Terms of Reference for the (proposed) Committee who will be tasked with reviewing the current Policy Book, with an eye to making CFUW policies accessible. For more details and for the rationale behind this project consult this TOR for the Ad Hoc Committee written by Cheryl Ambrose, VP Advocacy. Please send your letters of interest for the Ad Hoc Committee tasked with drafting Terms of Reference for the proposed CFUW Policy Book Review Committee to Cheryl Ambrose, VP Advocacy, cheryl.d.ambrose@gmail.com by February 15.

150 Acts of Reconciliation Webinar : A great occasion for a club event 


Our V.P. Education Kathryn Wilkinson invites clubs to tune in with their members for the 150 Acts of Reconciliation Webinar on February 1st, 2018 at 4:00 PM EST. Let’s make the most out of this important learning opportunity by gathering together to listen to guest speaker Sara Komarnisky and Crystal Fraser and generate group discussions on Indigenous rights. Kathryn and her club will take this opportunity to join in the conversation and enjoy a potluck meal together. We encourage clubs to plan similar gatherings! For more details about the webinar and the speakers click here (*username: viewonly, password:cfuw4321). To subscribe to the webinar please contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com toll free phone: 1-888-220-9609. If you plan on participating as a group please specify it in your registration e-mail. 

Across Canada CFUW Clubs Participate in the “Coldest Night of the Year”

CFUW Orillia, CFUW North Bay, CFUW St. Catharines, CFUW Kelowna and CFUW Sudbury will be braving the cold on February 24th, 2018, in Canada’s National Walk for Homelessness “the Coldest Night of the Year.” Participate in your own city and raise money for local charities that serve hungry, homeless, and hurting families and youth in 120 communities across Canada. Clubs can subscribe as a group or support a CFUW team in their fundraising efforts! For more details about the CFUW teams click here. For general information about the event click here.

GWI News
GWI is participating in the annual AGM of the University Women of Europe and two day conference in Rome. Find details about the event here


CFUW would like to thank The Personal for generously supplying the Nest Protectsmoke alarm for this year's membership numbers prize 

Important Dates

Jan 31: 

Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National
Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 14: Proposed amendments to Articles and Bylaws sent to members
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
Feb 28: Board and RD Nominations due
April 15: Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 1: CFUW Library Award applications due
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Deadline for proposed amendments to the Aricles and Bylaws amendments 
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award Applications due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

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January 8, 2018

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Get your membership numbers in by January 31, 2017 for a chance to win a Nest Protect Smoke Alarm

Submit your Membership Numbers - find out more here.

Voluntary Fee Payments to GWI 

As you have been informed, the GWI dues for the 2018 GWI financial year may be paid in two installments, one by January 1, 2018, that was paid by CFUW on December 20, 2017, and the other, the dues increase, by June 30, 2018. On December 8, 2017, a message was sent to members from Grace Hollett, CFUW national president, in response to a request from members that CFUW forward to GWI any members’ voluntary contributions towards the GWI dues increase. That message also gave the reasons why CFUW is unable to have a dues increase in time to make the June 30, 2018 payment of the increase.
 
For those members wishing to make a voluntary fee payment for the GWI increased dues, they may give the amount of $8.40 to their Club treasurer. The Club will collect all those payments and forward one cheque to national office (cheque to be made out to CFUW with a notation that it is for GWI increased dues). We are asking Clubs to send their cheques to national office by April 30 at the latest. We will then arrange one wire transfer to GWI. We have been asked if individual members could pay in excess of $8.40 and that is acceptable. All funds collected will be forwarded to GWI. 
 
The CFUW national office does not need to know the names of the members who have paid, only the number of members who have paid the $8.40 and the number who have paid other amounts in excess of $8.40. The Club treasurer should record the names of members who pay and should keep this information confidential. (It is up to each club to determine how long it keeps this information).
 
For any other questions, please contact Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com

Reminder: Call for Nominations for Board of Directors and Regional Directors 

The call for nominations for the Board of Directors and Regional Directors for 2018-2020 is now open. Applications must be received by Wilma Clapham, Nominations Chair, (email:claphamwilma@bell.net; phone number: 613-745-3890) by February 28, 2018. The nominations form is found here. The process for nominations is found here.  For the job descriptions (under review), please click here.  
Please note that the call for committee members will follow in February, 2018.

Reminder: Deadline to Submit Resolution is January 15th 

The deadline to submit the completed proposed Draft Resolution to resolutions@fcfdu.org is January 15, 2018. From January 15 – February 7, the Resolutions Committee will work with proposers to arrive at a final draft. To allow clubs to plan for speakers on Resolution topics, you can consult the approved intents here

For any questions about the resolutions process please contact, Teresa Habs, Chair of the Resolutions Committee at resolutions@fcfdu.org or the National Office at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com. To review the resolutions process and guidelines, refer to this document here.  

Advocacy

CFUW signed a joint letter ahead of the 2018 G7 Summit

On December 22, 2017, in the context of Canada hosting the next G7 Summit in June 2018, CFUW signed onto a joint letter urging Canada to show leadership and special focus on three issues that currently evade consensus among the G7 countries.
The issues are the following: 1) Supporting refugees, migrants and displaced peoples, 2) Tackling climate change and its impacts on poor and marginalized communities, 3) Ensuring the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people.
The letter asks the Prime Minister for a continued strong stance on the three issues of concern and encourages Canada to create opportunity to address remaining gaps in the future. You can read the letter here.

Reserve your place for the “150 Acts of Reconciliation” webinar!

 

As we turn the page on Canada’s 150th anniversary, it is high time to reflect on the manifestations of colonialism faced by First Nations, Metis and Inuit, and put Indigenous voices and communities at the forefront of change.
We invite CFUW/UWC clubs and members to subscribe to learn about the many meaningful ways to engage in the path towards reconciliation.
When: February 1st, 2018 at 4:00 PM EST
Guest Speakers: Dr. Sara Komarnisky and Crystal Gail Fraser
To register please contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com.

Club News

  • For their annual Christmas meeting, Montreal Lakeshore UWC, raised a record $1720 for CARE Jeunesse and $865 in gift cards as part of an on going initiative for the organization that helps youth aging out of foster care. See photos of the event here
  • On January 10th, CFUW Oshawa will host their January General Meetingwhich will feature a presentation by Elaine Lievaart that will focus on the Ajax Bomb Girls who served in WWII. 
  • In December, CFUW Perth and District celebrated it's 12th annual heritage Christmas Tour. Each year the tour attracts hundreds of visitors  local and area history, home construction, heritage conservation, restoration, remodelling and seasonal decorating. This year, to help with get the word out about the tour on social media, the club utilized the CFUW's subscription to Biteable to create short videos to promote their event. Check out the video here. 
  • To close out 2017 and Canada 150, CFUW Cambridge announced that three additional mature student scholarships would be provided to Conestoga Students. Read more about the scholarship recipient's here

GWI News

Important DatesJan 15: Deadline to submit the completed draft proposed
Jan 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National
Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
April 15: Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 1: CFUW Library Award applications due
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award Applications due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

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This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

December 20, 2017
 
During this holiday season I would like to acknowledge you, our 8400 CFUW Members along with your Club Presidents and Executive members, for your leadership and diligence as you engage in a myriad of CFUW activities within your Clubs and in the wider community to further the purposes of our organization. Your many achievements at the local, regional, national and international levels are appreciated and I look forward to hearing more of your individual Clubs during 2018.
 
As I was writing messages on the CFUW Charitable Trust fundraiser cards that I have been using personally this holiday season, I was struck by the fact that the cards have only one word “Peace” on the cover and two words “Best Wishes” on the inside. Those sentiments are included in what most of us want, and have special significance for large organizations where there is a unified focus on altruistic purposes with a healthy divergence of views as to how this is to be achieved.
 
I would like to wish all of you a happy holiday season with friends and family, filled with peace, good cheer and best wishes! With the other members of your CFUW Board and Staff at National Office I look forward to working with you in the new year of 2018.
 

 
Grace Hollett
 
CFUW National President - FCFDU Présidente nationale
Email: graceh@nl.rogers.com
www.cfuw.org
The Power of Women Working TogetherLa puissance au féminin: ensemble pour réussir 

CFUW Club News

Thanks to a new partnership with YWCA Montreal and UWCM, all CFUW members will receive a 10% discount at both the Y Hotel and the Auberge YWCA in Montreal. These accommodations are not only comfortable and affordable, the hotels are also a social enterprise that supports the work of the YWCA Montreal - one of the oldest community organizations with a mission to reduce gender and social inequalities and exclusion as well as all forms of violence against women and girls. To access the discount simply use the promo code: UWCM when booking your reservation

As part of their IWD 2018 initiative, CFUW Perth and District is working with the social enterprise, Little Suns and the UN’s International Organization for Migration to purchase solar lamps that will be distributed to women and girls that are part of an emergency relief program in Ethiopia. They are challenging other clubs to join their efforts to supply as many of these lamps as possible to the IOM project. Read more about the relief project here. Read more about CFUW Perth’s involvement here. And if you are interested in contributing to the cause contact: cfuwperthpresident@gmail.com or cfuwperthtreasurer@gmail.com

On December 6th, the University Women’s Club of Vancouver honoured the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women with a talk given by Sgt. Kristi Kurtz from the RCMP’s Missing Persons Centre, who discussed how to end trafficking and sexual abuse of young girls.

Together with partnering local women’s organizations in Vancouver, the University Women’s Club of Vancouver also hosted an important meeting in September with the Honourable Marion Buller, Chief Commissioner of the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, in particular our Coalition ending Prostitution partners- Vancouver Rape Relief and Aboriginal Women’s Action Network. UWCV had the opportunity to signal our support for the work and mandate of the Inquiry and for the Chief Commissioner. The Chief Commissioner had the opportunity to hear ideas and suggestions from local women’s organizations and to obtain their support. The chance to bring women’s organizations together to connect with and advocate directly to persons in authority is a unique capacity that has been a longtime tradition of the UWCV and that we are proud to continue.


     

CFUW Calgary and CFUW Calgary North held their annual joint meeting with the topic being Gender Equality and the Importance of Mentorship. Using the 50/50 Day as a springboard for the event, the clubs heard from Lida Southern-Heathcott and Lori Williams about the prevalence of gender bias and the importance of mentorship. Read more here.

December 6 Vigils held across the Country

  • CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo hosted their vigil for victims of the Polytechnique Massacre as well as Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls and all victims of gender based violence. Read more here.
  • There were approximately 100 people at the vigil hosted by CFUW Southport on December 6th to remember the 14 Quebec women who were victims of gender based violence. Read the local story about the vigil here
  • CFUW Kelowna members participated in their local vigil to remember the 1989 victims and victims of violence

Advocacy

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Meaningful Gifts to Support Women!

For the holiday season show your loved ones that you’ve been thinking of them and while supporting women’s rights! We have amassed a collection of feminist, empowering causes/gifts to which you can donate in the name of or buy to a loved one. You can support our own CFUW Charitable Trust, Canadian women’s shelters, women in politics, Indigenous women and inspire your children and grandchildren with positive female role models. See below for descriptions and links.

CFUW joins the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC)

In mid-November, CFUW confirmed its membership with the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children. CCRC is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. This new partnership will enable us to better support our youngest, smallest and most vulnerable citizens. For more detail about CCRC’s work click here.

Take Action to End the Corporal Punishment of our Children!
The Senate is currently reviewing Bill S-206 which aims to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code. Section 43 enables parents and teachers to use “reasonable force” to discipline a child. This legal provision of the Criminal Code contradicts comprehensive efforts to end all forms of violence against children. CFUW National Office will be contacting the Senators to urge them to adopt Bill S-206. We invite clubs to join this advocacy effort and send letters via their Club president to their regional senators using the following template letterClick here to find out the senators from your province/territory.

As we turn the page on Canada’s 150 anniversary, it is high time to reflect on the manifestations of colonialism faced by First Nations, Metis and Inuit, and put Indigenous voices and communities at the forefront of change.
We invite CFUW/UWC clubs and members to subscribe to learn about the many meaningful ways to engage in the path towards reconciliation.
When: February 1st, 2018 at 4:00 PM EST
Guest Speakers: Dr. Sara Komarnisky and Crystal Gail Fraser
To register please contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com.

The deadline for CFUW members to complete the CFUW Survey on Rural Women is January 15, 2017.
Whether you are from a rural area or from an urban area we want to know your perception of challenges and opportunities for rural women in Canada.The results of the survey will enable the CFUW delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women sixty-second session to better prepare for this high-level meeting that has as the priority theme “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls”. You can access the survey by simply clicking here or using the following link:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cfuwruralwomensurvey

GWI News
December 13th 2017 
December 27th 2017

IAW News

December Newsletter

National Council of Canadian Women 

October Newsletter 
November Update from President 

Important Dates
Jan 15: Deadline to submit the completed draft proposed
Jan 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National
Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
April 15: Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award Applications due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

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Resolution Intents AGM2018

The 2017-2018 Resolution cycle is underway!

To allow clubs to plan for speakers on Resolution topics, you can now consult the approved intents here. As per the Schedule for Resolutions, the deadline to send your intent is now closed. It is to be noted that intents do not guarantee a club will submit a resolution by deadline January 15. 

REMINDER : 
The deadline to submit the completed proposed Draft Resolution to resolutions@fcfdu.org is January 15, 2018. From January 15 – February 7, the Resolutions Committee will work with proposers to arrive at a final draft.

Who to contact:For any questions about the resolutions process please contact, Teresa Habs, Chair of the Resolutions Committee at resolutions@fcfdu.org or the National Office at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com.

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Club Action Newsletter 

November 17, 2017

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW News

Have you read the new issue of the Communicator?
Download it here or read it on our website here

Call for Nominations for Board of Directors and Regional Directors Open

The call for nominations for the Board of Directors and Regional Directors for 2018-2020 is now open. Applications must be received by Wilma Clapham, Nominations Chair, (email: claphamwilma@bell.net; phone number: 613-745-3890) by February 28, 2018. The nominations form is found here. The process for nominations is found here.  For the job descriptions (under review), please click here.  

Please note that the call for committee members will follow in February, 2018.

Update on AGM 2018

Greetings CFUW Members,
This week I received letters from two individual members asking that the Board reconsider the decision that the AGM scheduled for June 23, 2018, be electronic rather than face-to-face. Realizing that the CFUW membership may not be fully aware of why this decision was made to have an electronic AGM I am writing to give an explanation.
 
It is required by law that we hold an AGM be held every year. It was suggested by members in their reaction to the Task Force Report, and alluded to in their concern about the financial cost of AGMs that an electronic AGM be considered. The decision to have an electronic AGM for 2018 was taken only after considerable deliberation. It was decided to see if CFUW is able to hold an electronic AGM every second year with a face-to-face AGM in the intervening years with a conference attached if desired.  The motion for this move was made by the Finance Committee and passed at the March 2017 Board meeting.
 
The main reason for an electronic AGM is financial.  We are projecting a saving of approximately $26,000 by having the June 2018 AGM electronic whereas CFUW has been running a deficit at our face-to-face AGMs.  The Board has a duty to be fiscally responsible. The Board knows also that it is expensive for many Clubs to finance a representative or for a representative to attend at her own expense. Hopefully the electronic AGM will enable more Clubs to participate without having to incur the annual expense of travel, lodging and other incidental costs.
 
A second reason for an electronic AGM is that no Club offered to host a face-to-face AGM for 2018.  We have, however, a host for the 2019 AGM as Winnipeg has graciously offered to host the 100thyear celebrations in that city where the CFUW was formed in 1919.
 
As you know, 2018 is a CFUW Board election year. The statements from the candidate will be made available as usual.  Although no campaigning is allowed and there has not been provision in past AGM agendas for candidate forums, the Nominations Committee and the Board have been discussing hosting a candidate webinar, to “meet” the candidates offering themselves for Board positions. Further information will be sent to you on this as plans are finalized
 
The Board and I receive many messages from Club Presidents speaking on behalf of their Clubs and also messages from individual CFUW members, and this is welcomed as it augments other avenues of keeping the Board in touch with membership ideas, wishes, concerns, and reaction to Board decisions. It has been a pleasure for me to meet and interact with so many of you over the past months since becoming your president in January 2017. Be assured that your Board is working diligently on your behalf!

 
Grace

Advocacy

16 days of Activism starts November 25

  • The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is only a few days away! From November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, International Human Rights Day, let’s generate actions to put an end to violence against women and girls. Check out our CFUW 16 Days, 16 Actions toolkit for tips on how to get your club involved. For more inspiration, you can also consult also consult GWI’s toolkit.

CFUW Club events for 16 days

  • CFUW North Toronto Panel Discussion: On Nov 25 CFUW North Toronto and @GRANadvocates Toronto are hosting a Panel Discussion to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the beginning of the 16 days. For more details click here. You can register for the event here. The following guest speakers will be attending the event:
    • Wanda Whitebird, a Mi’kmaq Elder and activist with No More Silence
    • Kim Bernhardt of the Equality Effect
    • Fazia Mohammed from Interval House
    • Robyn Doolittle, who investigated the ‘unfounded’ cases of sexual assault for the Globe and Mail 
  • CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo Vigil Dec. 6th: CFUW Kitchener-Waterloo is inviting every man, woman and child to attend the December 6th Vigil to honour those women who died by violence. You can consult their Facebook event here.

For more events related to the 16 days campaign click hereDeadline to register your event on the official campaign website is November 19Register here.

Let the national office know what your club is up to during the 16 days! Contact Geneviève at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com to share your actions and let’s inspire each other!

CFUW Clubs News

  • Since 2015, CFUW St. John's has taken ownership over a project called "New Beginning Baskets" which creates 2 baskets a month for residents of Kirby House- a shelter for women and their children who have left their homes due to domestic violence. Read more about the project here
  • Early in November, CFUW Southport hosted the Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition who criticized Ontario's current public health system and urged members to make sure that their community stands up for improved health care. Read more here
  • CFUW Kanata will host its fifth annual "Enchanted Mosaic" evening on November 18th. The theme for the event is Canada 150 and the night will feature a Canadiana quilt exhibit, a musical variety show, and a silent auction. All proceeds will go to Kanata's scholarships for university and college students. Read more here.
  • On November 15, UWC Montreal launched the first North American competition of les Olympes de la ParoleThis academic competition is a unique opportunity for empowered secondary school girls to engage in the global conversation on gender equality and learn how to influence policies that foster a gender-equal society. Participating secondary school students  reflect on how access to information technology can contribute to the empowerment of Indigenous girls and women in Canada. Read more here
  • Last Month, CFWU North Toronto lead an Orange day rally at the Nathan Philips Square in Toronto where it got both the TORONTO sign and the city hall columns to be lit orange with the objective of raising awareness on violence against women and girls. Toronto Councillor Joe Cressy spoke at the event, as did representatives from CFUW, GRAN, and Sistering.

If you have club news or events that you would like highlighted in the Club Action Newsletter, send them to Jenna at cfuwgen@rogers.com  

GWI Updates: November 15, 2017

Starting Nov. 20th through Dec 4th, save up to 60% off select devices, accessories, and more, while supplies last. Be sure to visit the Canadian Federation of University Women Lenovo site for amazing offers or Call: 1-888-315-7408 ext. 5067

Important DatesDeadline to submit the completed draft proposed
Jan 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National
Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
April 15: Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award Applications due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website

June 23: Electronic AGM

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CFUW Club Action Newsletter November 3, 2017

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW News

GWI Vote Results


The GWI has released the official results of the online vote of October 23-24, 2017. Click here for the letter from the GWI Board and the vote results.  


Important information regarding the number of eligible votes:  

Eligible to vote were 33 NFAs and 7 members of the GWI Board.
The weighted votes per NFA is: CFUW (10 votes) , Turkey (6), Switzerland (4),  India (4), Australia (3), New Zealand (3), Japan (3), Ireland (2), Austria (2), Britain (2), Nigeria (2). This totals at 41 votes, The other 22  NFAs had one vote each. This calculates at 41 + 22  or 63 votes and when added to the 7 GWI Board votes gives a possible 70 votes. The results show 69 votes cast.

CFUW Joins International Alliance of Women (IAW) as Affiliate Member

The International Alliance of Women (IAW) is an international NGO comprising 41 member organizations involved in the promotion of women’s human rights, equality and the empowerment of women. The IAW has general consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council and is accredited to many specialized UN agencies, has participatory status with the Council of Europe and is represented at the Arab League, the African Union and other international organizations. It was founded in 1904 and is based in Geneva. 
Mission
The objectives of the IAW are:

  • To secure all such reforms as are necessary to establish a real equality of liberties, status and opportunities between men and women and to work for equal partnership between men and women in all spheres of life.
  • To urge women to accept their responsibilities and to use their rights and influence in public and private life to ensure that the status of every individual, without distinction on grounds of sex, age, race, religious or political persuasion or any other ground, shall be based on respect for the person, the only guarantee for individual freedom, and
  • To promote a better quality of life and good understanding among peoples.

Governance
There is a President, Secretary General, Treasurer and a maximum of 20 other members from at least twelve countries ensuring an equitable geographical distribution on the board.  Congratulations to Cheryl Hayles who has been appointed as Regional Vice President North America.
Membership Cost
The annual cost for an organization to be a member of IAW is a total of 110 Euros -approximately $165. There are no per capita dues to be paid by the members of an organization.
Report from the 2017 IAW Congress
The IAW held its most recent Congress in October, 2017 in Nicosia, Cypress. Click here to read the full report. 

Upcoming Webinar: Biteable Training Session
 

Biteable is an online, easy-to-use video maker that allows people to simply plug in content and have animated and dynamic videos created for them. CFUW has signed up for one year subscription with Biteable. This program will allow your club to easily create promotional and educational videos that you can share amongst your members, use for presentations, and post to social media. Utilize the CFUW subscription to access additional templates, enhanced features, and customizability to your videos.When: Friday, November 17th, 12:30 EST (45 Min)

What: This webinar will provide instructions as to how to log on to CFUW’s Biteable account as well as training on how you can develop and publish promotional, educational, and social videos for your club to useWho: Nadia Ramundo and Slavena Kiryakova, CFUW Montreal. Nadia and Slavena have been creating videos with Biteable for CFUW Montreal. Check out this example video that they created for World Human Trafficking Day. 

To sign up contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com

Club News

  • In October, CFUW Richmond Club Richmond partnered with the Poverty Response Committee to help mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by participating in the annual “Chew on This,” postcard campaign, initiated by the Canadian organization, Dignity for All. the groups  talked to Richmondites around the Brighouse Public Library and collected 200 signed postcards in less than two hours. Read more here.
  • From November 25th to December 10th, CFUW Parksville will be displaying red dresses throughout the community as a way to bring awareness to the issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women across Canada. Read more here
  • 9 young women received scholarships from CFUW Moncton last month. These high school students will be  headed off to Acadia U., College Communautaire de NB, Crandall U., Mount Alison U., NB Community College, Oulton’s College, St. Francis Xavier U., next fall. CFUW Moncton funds twelve annual scholarships, two for each of our six high schools in Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview and four more for mature women returning to post-secondary education totaling almost $14,000.00 yearly. 
  • This month, CFUW St Catharines will be launching a new 100th Anniversary Endowment Fund for a Brock female student. The earnings on the new 100th Anniversary Endow-
  • ment Fund will be used every year starting in 2021 to give a scholarship to a female Brock student who is a first generation student, meaning her parents did not receive a post-secondary education. 
  • CFUW Nanaimo held a celebration to wrap up Women’s History Month in October. Over a 120 members attended the event at Nanaimo Golf Club featuring Susan Juby, who received the 2016 Leacock Medal for best in Canadian Literary Humour for her work Republic of Dirt. Read more here

Advocacy

Resolution Deadlines and Guidelines for 2017-2018

  • A reminder to all clubs that  November 15, 2017 is the deadline for Intents to submit a resolution. Click here for the detailed list of deadlines and to access the resolution guidelines 2017-2018. The CFUW Resolutions process is an opportunity for CFUW members to rally around issues of international, national, provincial and local importance.

GWI News
GWI Update November 1, 2017

Dreaming of the Perfect Getaway? 

Get a home or auto quote with The Personal and you could win $25,000 in annual travel vouchers! Learn more here

Important Dates
Nov 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2018
Jan 15: Deadline to submit the completed draft proposed
Jan 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National
Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
April 15: Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award Applications due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

CFUW Club Action Newsletter November 3, 2017

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW News

GWI Vote Results


The GWI has released the official results of the online vote of October 23-24, 2017. Click here for the letter from the GWI Board and the vote results.  


Important information regarding the number of eligible votes:  

Eligible to vote were 33 NFAs and 7 members of the GWI Board.
The weighted votes per NFA is: CFUW (10 votes) , Turkey (6), Switzerland (4),  India (4), Australia (3), New Zealand (3), Japan (3), Ireland (2), Austria (2), Britain (2), Nigeria (2). This totals at 41 votes, The other 22  NFAs had one vote each. This calculates at 41 + 22  or 63 votes and when added to the 7 GWI Board votes gives a possible 70 votes. The results show 69 votes cast.

CFUW Joins International Alliance of Women (IAW) as Affiliate Member

The International Alliance of Women (IAW) is an international NGO comprising 41 member organizations involved in the promotion of women’s human rights, equality and the empowerment of women. The IAW has general consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council and is accredited to many specialized UN agencies, has participatory status with the Council of Europe and is represented at the Arab League, the African Union and other international organizations. It was founded in 1904 and is based in Geneva. 
Mission
The objectives of the IAW are:

  • To secure all such reforms as are necessary to establish a real equality of liberties, status and opportunities between men and women and to work for equal partnership between men and women in all spheres of life.
  • To urge women to accept their responsibilities and to use their rights and influence in public and private life to ensure that the status of every individual, without distinction on grounds of sex, age, race, religious or political persuasion or any other ground, shall be based on respect for the person, the only guarantee for individual freedom, and
  • To promote a better quality of life and good understanding among peoples.

Governance
There is a President, Secretary General, Treasurer and a maximum of 20 other members from at least twelve countries ensuring an equitable geographical distribution on the board.  Congratulations to Cheryl Hayles who has been appointed as Regional Vice President North America.
Membership Cost
The annual cost for an organization to be a member of IAW is a total of 110 Euros -approximately $165. There are no per capita dues to be paid by the members of an organization.
Report from the 2017 IAW Congress
The IAW held its most recent Congress in October, 2017 in Nicosia, Cypress. Click here to read the full report. 

Upcoming Webinar: Biteable Training Session
 

Biteable is an online, easy-to-use video maker that allows people to simply plug in content and have animated and dynamic videos created for them. CFUW has signed up for one year subscription with Biteable. This program will allow your club to easily create promotional and educational videos that you can share amongst your members, use for presentations, and post to social media. Utilize the CFUW subscription to access additional templates, enhanced features, and customizability to your videos.When: Friday, November 17th, 12:30 EST (45 Min)

What: This webinar will provide instructions as to how to log on to CFUW’s Biteable account as well as training on how you can develop and publish promotional, educational, and social videos for your club to useWho: Nadia Ramundo and Slavena Kiryakova, CFUW Montreal. Nadia and Slavena have been creating videos with Biteable for CFUW Montreal. Check out this example video that they created for World Human Trafficking Day. 

To sign up contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com

Club News

  • In October, CFUW Richmond Club Richmond partnered with the Poverty Response Committee to help mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty by participating in the annual “Chew on This,” postcard campaign, initiated by the Canadian organization, Dignity for All. the groups  talked to Richmondites around the Brighouse Public Library and collected 200 signed postcards in less than two hours. Read more here.
  • From November 25th to December 10th, CFUW Parksville will be displaying red dresses throughout the community as a way to bring awareness to the issue of murdered and missing aboriginal women across Canada. Read more here
  • 9 young women received scholarships from CFUW Moncton last month. These high school students will be  headed off to Acadia U., College Communautaire de NB, Crandall U., Mount Alison U., NB Community College, Oulton’s College, St. Francis Xavier U., next fall. CFUW Moncton funds twelve annual scholarships, two for each of our six high schools in Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview and four more for mature women returning to post-secondary education totaling almost $14,000.00 yearly. 
  • This month, CFUW St Catharines will be launching a new 100th Anniversary Endowment Fund for a Brock female student. The earnings on the new 100th Anniversary Endow-
  • ment Fund will be used every year starting in 2021 to give a scholarship to a female Brock student who is a first generation student, meaning her parents did not receive a post-secondary education. 
  • CFUW Nanaimo held a celebration to wrap up Women’s History Month in October. Over a 120 members attended the event at Nanaimo Golf Club featuring Susan Juby, who received the 2016 Leacock Medal for best in Canadian Literary Humour for her work Republic of Dirt. Read more here

Advocacy

Resolution Deadlines and Guidelines for 2017-2018

  • A reminder to all clubs that  November 15, 2017 is the deadline for Intents to submit a resolution. Click here for the detailed list of deadlines and to access the resolution guidelines 2017-2018. The CFUW Resolutions process is an opportunity for CFUW members to rally around issues of international, national, provincial and local importance.

GWI News
GWI Update November 1, 2017

Dreaming of the Perfect Getaway? 

Get a home or auto quote with The Personal and you could win $25,000 in annual travel vouchers! Learn more here

Important Dates
Nov 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2018
Jan 15: Deadline to submit the completed draft proposed
Jan 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National
Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
April 15: Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award Applications due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

CFUW Club Action Newsletter October 26, 2017

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW News

National Fellowships and Awards: Online Applications Now Open 

This year CFUW is pleased to announce online applications for the CFUW National Fellowships and Awards for the 2018-2019 academic year. You can access the online applications through the CFUW website or through the Charitable Trust website. The online environment streamlines the tasks for CFUW applicants and referees and gives CFUW real-time tracking of applications based on numbers of applicants and workflow management.

Application Deadline: December 8, 2017
Questions/Comments: Fellowships Program Manager: fellowships@cfuw.orgcfuwfls@rogers.com

Getting Ready to Celebrate: 100th Anniversary Projects and Timelines

In Preparation for our 100th Anniversary celebrations in 2019 we are busy setting the stage for an outstanding year of remembering who we are. Cheryl Hayles, VP International has compiled a list of all the projects that the 100th Anniversary Committee has selected to celebrate this significant milestone for CFUW. You can find all the details for each of the 100th Anniversary initiatives in this document here

Extended Deadline for CSW Delegate Appliations

The deadline to apply to be a delegate for the 2017 UNCSW has been extended to November 3rd. Find details about how to apply here(username: viewonly password: cfuw4321)

Advocacy


The National office has been busy preparing for two important upcoming UN consultative processes and we are happy to share with our members the documents that have been submitted.

CFUW Shadow Report for Canada’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review

  • CFUW submitted a report on October 5th to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights focused on violence against women in Canada in the context of Canada’s 3rd Universal Periodic Review. The report highlights Canada’s need for critical actions and legislation to prevent and protect women from violence, including extreme forms of VAW, as well as comprehensive funding and monitoring tools. Read the full report here. The UPR, a state-driven peer review, will take place in April/May 2018. CFUW will keep monitoring and raising awareness on the grave and ongoing issue of violence against women in Canada and around the world. We hope to see our recommendations highlighted in the final report of the UPR working group but most importantly we will continue to push for further commitments from the Government of Canada.

UNCSW62 – Written Statement on the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls

  • In the preparation leading up to the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, CFUW prepared a statement on the challenges for women and girls living in rural and remote areas in accessing services. The statement ties in with this year’s priority theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. Submitted on October 20th, it was proudly sponsored by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, Graduate Women International, International Alliance of Women, MATCH International Women’s Fund and National Council of Women of Canada. Read the statement here.You can also consult the statement prepared by GWI and endorsed by CFUW. CFUW will be sending a delegation to attend this high-level meeting next March 2018 to connect with our international partners and promote our vision of women’s empowerment. 

Resolution Deadlines and Guidelines for 2017-2018

  • The guidelines and schedule for submitting resolutions for the next Annual General Meeting 2018 are out! November 15, 2017 is the deadline for Intents to submit a resolution. Click here for the detailed list of deadlines and to access the resolution guidelines 2017-2018. If you are concerned about a specific public policy issue and wish CFUW to get involved, consult your club about writing a resolution! Resolutions are the cornerstone of CFUW Policy. CFUW’s public policy positions and advocacy are based on CFUW resolutions that come from the grass roots and are determined by the CFUW Eligible Voters at the CFUW AGM. The CFUW Resolutions process is an opportunity for CFUW members to rally around issues of international, national, provincial and local importance.

Club News

  • This month CFUW Sunshine Coast awarded bursaries to eight young women, allowing them to pursue continued education. Read more about how the club is changing lives through education opportunities here. 
  • CFUW Southport sponsored a meeting this month to discuss the prevalence of sex trafficking in Canada not just in Big Cities. Read more here
  • CFUW Sherbrook group, “Grannies for Grannies,” raised over $1000 for the Steven Lewis Foundation last week in their two day long clothing sale. Read more here.
  • Congratulations to MLUWC who collected over 100 suitcases in their suitcase drive this month through their partnership with Care Jeunesse
  • Each year the CFUW Cornwall and District Club presents scholarships at thirteen secondary schools in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry to a graduating female student enrolled in a Canadian university or community college degree program. In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, the award amount for this year was increased to $1,000 for each recipient.  As well, a deserving mature student from the community received a scholarship bringing the total for this special year to $14,000!
     

GWI News
GWI Update 18 October 2017

Important Dates
Nov 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2018
Jan 15: Deadline to submit the completed draft proposed
Jan 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National
Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
April 15: Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: International Women's Day Award Applications due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

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September 27, 2017

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CFUW News

Women's History Month: Calling all #InfluentialWomen

October is Women’s History Month in Canada. To celebrate, CFUW will be using our social media platforms to highlight some of the many amazing members across the country who are leaders, influencers, advocates and have taken actions to improve the status of women, break boundaries, mentor and raise up strong women in their community.  Do you know someone in your club that fits this description? We want to hear from you! Tell us about a woman who started a local campaign, spread awareness about important women’s issues, invested time in other women, overcame a challenge in her life, etc!

We will be posting a new #CFUWInfluentialWoman each week during the Month of October. If you have a member from your club that you would like to see featured on our facebook and twitter, please send over a photo and a short write up (20-50 words max) by throughout the Month of October- the earlier the better!  

Voting on GWI Motion 

On Tuesday October 27, the GWI Voting survey was sent out to all the club presidents and authorized club members with questions relating to the upcoming Motions to increase member fees. Please submit your votes by October 15, 2017. If no representative from your club received this voting survey, please contact Jenna at cfuwgen@rogers.com. If you have not yet completed your club's Voting Authorization form, please find it here (right click to download) and send it to Jenna no later than October 10th. If you would like more information on the GWI motions, you can find the Resolution documents here

Upcoming Webinars

There are two upcoming webinars in the next two months. Webinars have limited capacity, so if you would like to sign up, please contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com. Find more information about the webinars here

FundScrip Webinar 

When: Thursday, October 26th at 2:00pm EST (1 hour)
What: This webinar will provide additional information about the program and let you hear from clubs who have been using the fundraising model for years.
Who: Mary Ann Roscoe, CFUW Sudbury.
Claudine Thompson, FundScrip Coach.Biteable Webinar
When: Friday, November 17th, 12:30 EST (45 Min)
What: This webinar will instructions as to how to log on to CFUW’s Biteable account as well as training on how you can develop and publish promotional, educational, and social videos for your club to use
Who: Nadia Ramundo and Slavena Kiryakova, CFUW Montreal

Advocacy

CFUW endorses a statement on the Treaty to ban nuclear weapons 

  • CFUW through the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW) signed onto a statement calling on the Government of Canada to adopt the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Read the full statement here. 

CFUW endorses a statement on the latest violence against the Rohingya population in Myanmar

  • On September 26th, 2017 a group of 30 Canadian civil society organizations called on the Canadian Government to use all necessary diplomatic channels to ensure the cessation of the ongoing hostilities, to protect the human rights of Rohingya people, and denounce the exactions perpetrated by the Myanmar military. The Rohingya communities are subject to discriminatory policies and violence since the 1970s.  They are now facing renewed violence from Myanmar’s military causing massive displacement and the rape trafficking and murder of Rohingya women and children. Read the joint statementhere. For more information click here 

CFUW’s letter to Minister Monsef following funding announcements for Gender Equality

  •  In a letter addressed to the Minister of Status of Women, CFUW welcomed the Government of Canada’s recent investments in gender equality projects including the most recent announcement of $2.2 million in British Columbia. The organization also underlined the socio-economic importance of these investment and urged the government to take an additional step and supply the gender equality program with the necessary funding to achieve its goals. Currently, Status of Women Canada and its programs receive only 1/100th of a percent of federal program spending. Read the complete statement here.

Vigils to Honour MMIWG

  • October 4th is coming up! As part of CFUW’s National Initiative on Violence against Women we invite clubs to gather in memory of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and in support to their families. We encourage clubs to raise awareness and show their solidarity by sending/posting pictures of the activities they participated in on that day. Consult the Native Women's Association of Canada website to attend or plan a vigil in your community. See a list of existing vigils here and read more about how to plan one in your community. 

Call for Action : Help get more money in the federal budget for child care.

  • We invite the CFUW members to tell the finance committee stories about the state of childcare in Canada.  Be creative: tell a personal story, hold a sign or wear a t-shirt, bring your children/grandchildren, share the microphone with your coworkers, friends and neighbours – after all, child care affects all of us. Find out the nearest open Pre-Budget Consultations, for more details click here.


CFUW Clubs News

  • Members of the Nelson and District Canadian Federation of University Women  gathered at Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson on Sunday to celebrate 50 years of advocating for women and girls and to hear Vancouver Sun journalist Daphne Bramham speak. Read more here
  • CFUW Parksville/Qualicum co-hosted a documentary do discuss the importance of getting rid of plastic bags and their negative effect on the environment. Read the story here
  • Congrats to CFUW Kelowna who hosted their 3rd successful fashion show fundraiser and raised over $11,000! Read more about the event here
  • After 7 years, Pattu Johnsen is stepping aside as president for CFUW Lethbridge as their newest president, Charmain Bonifacio, takes over. The club was featured in their local news and you can read the full interview and story here
  • CFUW Georgetown is sponsoring an event to host Henriette Thompson, director of public witness for social and ecological justice for the Anglican Church of Canada, who will give a presentation titled, 'Truth, Reconciliation and the 150th: Perspectives on the Sesquicentennial.' The talk is the first in the Halton Hills Lecture Series. Read more here.

GWI NewsGWI Update September 2017

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  • $25,000 Grand Prize: You could win one $5,000 travel voucher a year for the next 5 years!  
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  • worth approximately $1,000.Don’t forget to share the game with a colleague!

Simply get a home or auto quote for your chance to win the grand prize or play the online travel game for your chance to win one of the secondary prizes.
As a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women, enjoy your personal connection to benefits like these:

  • Savings of up to 30% on home and auto insurance*
  • Exclusive group rates on home and auto insurance
  • Customized coverage
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Important Dates
Sept 29-30:  Prairie Gathering, Edmonton
Oct 14:  Atlantic Council Meeting, Moncton
Oct 19: Ontario North Fall Gathering, Haliburton Highlands
Oct 21:  Ontario Huron Fall Gathering, Owen Sound
Nov 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2018
Jan 15: Deadline to submit the completed draft proposed
Jan 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National
Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
April 15: Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

September 7, 2017

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW News

Updates on Membership Benefits 

More UPS Savings:

We have great news! UPS has INCREASED the amount of discount it offers CFUW Members. Now you can get up to 40% off all you shipping costs through UPS. Read more here

Via Rail - How to get the discount without a membership card:

Booking a ticket with ViaRail, but don't have a member card from your club? No worries! You will still get the discount by using the promo code, and printing off a temporary membership card at this link here or go the Membership Website --> Member Discounts--> Via Rail--> Membership card template. [Username: viewonly password: cfuw4321]. Contact Jenna if you have any questions: cfuwgen@rogers.com

Biteable Video Resource:

CFUW has signed up for one year subscription for an online video builder called 

Bitable

. This program will allow your club to easily create promotional and educational videos that you can share among your members, use for presentations, and post to social media. 

If you are interested in getting the login credentials to Biteable so that you can start creating videos, please contact Jenna at cfuwgen@rogers.com.

 See this example video that CFUW Montreal created for World Human Trafficking Day: https://biteable.com/watch/world-day-against-human-trafficking-1479060  

Introducing CFUW's new Advocacy Coordinator 
Genevieve de Breyne-Gagnon became CFUW’s Advocacy coordinator at the end of August 2017. She is a dedicated and passionate women’s rights advocate. She has a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a master’s degree in international law and international politics. Prior to working with CFUW, she worked in project management for the Mexican Youth Institute, supporting and developing projects in the areas of culture and gender equality. In 2016, she participated in the International Youth Internship Program (IYIP) of Global Affairs Canada acting as a Gender and Citizen Participation Advisor in Peru with the NGO Ayni Desarrollo. Genevieve also participated as an intern in 2015 with the Humanitarian Funds section at the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. But her experience campaigning for human rights goes further back as she volunteered for more than 8 years with Amnesty International. She is thrilled to join CFUW’s team and look forward to working with the Clubs.

CFUW Library Award 2018: Call for Applications
The CFUW Library Award was created to promote literacy and learning by supporting innovative approaches, encouraging community involvement and advocating for the Canadian library system. CFUW offers a Library Award every two years which is available to: academic institutions, community centres, cultural centres, youth organizations or any community based organization/team/group. Please note that each submission must be nominated by a CFUW Club local to the applicant.Click here (pdf version) or click here (Word document) for the guidelines and nomination form. All completed application packages should be sent to Gail Crawford, Chair, Library and Creative Arts Committee at mgcrawford1932@gmail.com and to Robin Jackson, Executive Director, CFUW National at cfuwed@rogers.com. Questions should be directed to Gail Crawford, at mgcrawford1932@gmail.com

Applications will be accepted for the 2018 Award from: 
January 1 to March 1, 2018

Special rates to attend the 2018 BiovisionAlexandria Conference
BioVisionAlexandria is an important gathering that brings together distinguished speakers and Nobel Laureates from the four corners of the globe through rich discussions that commemorate science and the finest achievements of the human intellect. The theme of BVA 2018 is “New Life Sciences: Towards SDGs”. The conference will highlight the important role science plays with regards to achieving SDGs. For additional information about the conference go here.

To find out how to register contact Cheryl Hayles at cherylhayles@sympatico.ca 

Early Bird Offer for Hong Kong 60th Anniversary Celebration 
The Hong Kong Association of University Women invites you to join them as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary this December. Find out more details about the event here. 

Do not miss the early-bird offer which ends on 21 September!

Advocacy

CFUW and the UPR
CFUW National office is actively involved in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) under the United Nations Human Rights Council. Next April/May 2018, Canada’s policies and commitments to human rights will be carefully examined in this state-driven peer review process. As part of the consultative process with the Government of Canada and civil society, CFUW submitted on August 29th its comments on the draft outline of Canada’s third report under the UPR. CFUW urged the government of Canada to put issues related to gender violence and Indigenous peoples, particularly the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and access to safe drinking water and sanitation on First Nation Reserves, as its top priorities. See the comments here.

CFUW joins the CCEW
CFUW is joining forces with the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women (CCEW) to promote women’s empowerment and advance gender equality. The CCEW is building collaborative partnerships across Canada to achieve the Women’s Empowerment Principles, a joint initiative of UN Women and the UN Global Compact.
Find the signed statement of support here.
Click here for more information on the coalition. 

CFUW President Grace Hollet holding signed agreement between CFUW and CCEW


CFUW Clubs News

  • Thanks to the efforts of CFUW South Delta, in collaboration with other non-profits, corporate sponsors and provincial and federal funding, the first transition home will be open to at-risk women and their dependend children in the community. Read more here
  • CFUW Kanata has awarded 4 students with academic scholarships as they start school this September. Read the local news feature on the club and the students here
  • As your clubs gear up for the new season, a reminder that CFUW National is here to support you. Contact Jenna Smith at cfuwgen@rogers.com to order club supplies including brochures and member cards. Visit the member resource page to access documents and resources on the latest advocacy campaigns (username: viewonly password: cfuw4321). And be sure to send details, photos, media highlights about events that your club puts on so that we can share with our networks. 

GWI News

Important Dates

Sept 29-30:  Prairie Gathering, Edmonton
Oct 14:  Atlantic Council Meeting, Moncton
Oct 19: Ontario North Fall Gathering, Haliburton Highlands
Oct 21:  Ontario Huron Fall Gathering, Owen Sound
Nov 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2018
Jan 15: Deadline to submit the completed draft proposed
Jan 31: Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to CFUW National
Feb 15: Clubs receive proposed draft resolutions package.
Feb 15 – April 15: Clubs study proposed resolutions.
April 15: 
Clubs may submit amendment(s) to the RESOLVED clauses by April 15.
Mar 12-23: UNCSW, NYC
Mar 31: Membership Dues deadline to participate in raffle for Prize
Mar 17-18: Finance Committee Meeting, Ottawa
Mar 23-24: Fellowships Committee AGM
April 15: Last day to submit amendments to proposed resolutions.
April 20-22: BC Council AGM, North Vancouver
April 21: Quebec Council AGM, Montreal Lakeshore Club
April 29-30: Alberta Council AGM, Edmonton
April 30:  Reports from Clubs on Violence against Women Project due to National
April 30:  IWD Project for MATCH International donations due
April 30: Special Project Applications due
April 30: New Members Award Application due
April 30: Member Increase Award Application due
May 1: Last day to submit Club membership dues
May 1: International Relations Award Application due
May 1: Mentorship Award applications due
May 11-12: Ontario Council AGM, Ajax/Pickering
May 15: Deadline for Emergency Resolutions. Amended Draft & Emergency Resolutions sent back
May 15: Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations reporting by Clubs
May 26: Saskatchewan Council AGM, Saskatoon
May, TBA: Manitoba Council AGM      
May 31: Announcement of Fellowship Winners posted on the CFUW public website
May 31: Applications for the academic year 2019-2020 available from the CFUW public website
June 23: Electronic AGM

August 21, 2017

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW News

International Opportunities for CFUW Members

CFUW has received multiple invitations to participate in various women's initiatives across the world. Please take a look at the following opportunities and contact Cheryl Hayes, VP International Relations if you are interested in attending:  

  1. IAW invites members to attend their 37th Congress in Nicosia, Cyprus October 20 - 28, 2017. Registration is open until September 10. Find out more information about the event and all the forms you need to participate here. 
  2. The Hong Kong Association of University Women invites you to join them as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary this December. Find out more details about the event here
  3. Mexican Federation of University Women invites GWI members to join present at their National Seminar on November 24th-25th in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. The theme of the Seminar is: Dare to Change: To a culture of substantive equality. Read more about FMUAC here. 

Announcing CFUW's latest affinity partnership: VIA Rail

CFUW has partnered with VIA Rail Canada to provide our members with a 5% discount every time they travel using VIA Rail. This 5 % discount is for all destinations, and all fare categories, with the exception of the Escape fare, and the Prestige Fare, on the Canadian (Toronto to Vancouver train). Moreover, this discount applies to your leisure travels. You can have up to 3 people (friends, family, colleagues) travelling with that can also benefit from the discount, as long as you are travelling with them.

To receive the 5% discount the next time you travel with VIA Rail, use the following Discount Code when booking: 811167. You will need to provide proof of CFUW membership (member card) along with photo identification when you pick up your tickets or when you are boarding with an electronic ticket.

Introducing Jenna Smith: New Member Engagement Coordinator

On August 14th Jenna Smith joined CFUW’s National Office, as the new Member Engagement Coordinator. Jenna moved to Ottawa last fall with a Bachelors of Arts in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. For the past year and a half, Jenna has worked as the Partnership Coordinator for a tech start-up that worked with public lands agencies to create location-based, educational mobile games for kids. In her time as a student, Jenna acted as the President of the International Justice Mission campus chapter that worked to advocate against human trafficking and connect students to local woman’s outreach organizations. Jenna is excited to be a part of CFUW’s team and looks forward to working with all of the clubs and their members across the country.

 

Visit from the Rwanda Association of University Women

On August 18, the CFUW national office received a delegation from the Rwanda Association of University Women (RAUW).  Shamsi Kazimbaya, the Coordinator of International Relations, Shakilla Umutoni from the Rwanda High Commission and Jasmin Warkola, a young member of the Association, and who has a degree in Gender Studies,  attended the meeting.
The RAUW has 600 members, mostly young and very keen to undertake projects. They are working on such initiatives as fundraising for a women’s room at schools so when girls have their period and may not have money for sanitary napkins, they may be on their own in a classroom. They are involved in educating and encouraging young girls to go to school because once menstruation starts, many girls do not attend school.
The Association would interested in working with CFUW on some joint projects. Once she is back in Rwanda, Shamsi undertook to send us more information about possible areas of cooperation. We will share this information with Clubs.

Shakilla Umutoni,  Robin Jackson,  Shamsi Kazimbaya,  Jasmin Warkola

A New Learning Opportunity for CFUW Clubs 

This year, CFUW Oakville experimented with a new interest group by combining two concepts - book club meets MOOC. A MOOC (massive open online course) is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. In addition to traditional course materials such as filmed lectures, readings, and problem sets, many MOOCs provide interactive user forums to support community interactions among students, professors, and teaching assistants.
Now, CFUW is inviting all its members to participate in this learning opportunity. The upcoming MOOC will be focusing on Violence Against Women, find out more information about the coursehere. If you are interested in joining this course and discussion group, email Kathryn Wilkinson, wilkinsons@rogers.com or Ginny Boelhower at ginny.boelhower@sympatico.ca


Advocacy
 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day which UNESCO is celebrating under the banner ‘Literacy in a digital world’. In conjunction, the Canadian Federation of University Women highlights this important day in the series on the Sustainable Development Goals. Our purpose is to overlay a recognized Theme Day with the SDG lens in order to shine a light on and bring the conversation to everyone.
For International Literacy Day, we are intentionally making connections to SDG #4, and #5 (However, connections to any other SDG may be implied).

 

  
 

The 50/50 by 2030 Agenda is an agenda for all, and achieving it requires action at all levels. In the spirit of the 2030 Agenda, speakers from the grassroots, youth, International Non-Government Organizations have offered an account of International Literacy Day.
Visit the Member Resource Advocacy Pageto get your club involved with the International Literacy Day Initiative. 

GWI News

09 August 2017

26 July 2017

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3. Save on accommodation
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CFUW Clubs News
 

  • CFUW Perth and District are gearing up for a new year with their first Open House on Monday September 11th. Moreover, this summer they have been busy preparing for their annual House Tour, find out more here
  • MLUWC has awarded 4 scholarships to students completing their undergraduate, masters, and law degrees. Read more about the recipients here
  • CFUW Salt Spring Island was featured in their local newspaper which highlighted the recipients of the Second Chance Bursary for Secondary School graduates and Hope Project, which has sponsored girls education in developing countries for the past 12 years. Read more here.
  • CFUW Moncton awarded 11 scholarships to female students graduating high school and another 3 scholarships to mature women in university programs. On September 20th they will host Hon Cathy Rogers as the guest speaker for their first Meet and Greet of the new year. 

Important Dates
 

October 14: Atlantic Council Meeting, Moncton
October 19: Ontario North Fall Gathering, Haliburton Highlands
October 21: Ontario Huron Fall Gathering, Owen Sound and Area Quebec Council Fall
Meeting, Quebec City
October 26: Board Meeting
October 28:Ontario Central Fall Gathering, Toronto
November 15: Deadline for intents to submit a resolution for the 2018 AGM. 

 

July 5, 2017

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW News

2017 AGM VOTE RESULTS

 

The results of the votes taken at the 2017 AGM are found in the link below.
 
Please note that there are three spreadsheets which present the votes – Results by Questions, Participant Results and Graphical Results by Question which are found at the bottom of the page.  The spreadsheet entitled Participant Results indicates how each club, board member, RD and Past President voted. The title of each vote is indicated in line 5 of the Participant Results. It should be noted that 1 means that the person voted for the motion; 2 means that the person voted against the motion.

Please note that Board members did not vote during the sessions they were chairing. Column D indicates the number of votes that each person or club has. 

On the Participant Results spreadsheet, of particular interest will be the following votes:

  • Column M - The bylaw ratification of the RD Standing Committee
  • Column P - The GWI vote
  • Column Q - The ratification of the board appointments
  • Column T - Resolution 1: The Right to Safe, Clean, Accessible and Affordable Drinking Water and Sanitation on First Nations Reserves in Canada
  • Column U – Resolution 2:  Universal Pharmacare
  • Column W - Adoption of Budget, Column 3 

Click here for the 2017 AGM Vote Results


We have listed only the most important vote results, if you wish to see any of the other results, please go to the public site for the AGM 2017. 
 

Reminder - Update your Club's Executive Listing

The 2017-2018 CFUW Directory will be produced in the upcoming weeks. Please ensure your Club Executive information is up to date by July 20, 2017. To do so log in to the cfuwmembership.org website using your Club login. Once you are in the site you can find instructions on how to update Club information by clicking on the link in the main screen "Click here for further data entry instructions". If you have an unusual executive title and you need any assistance in getting your login or in completing this process, please contact Rabbi Hossain at cfuwgen@rogers.com or at 1-888-220-9606 ext. 101. 

The MATCH International Report - IWD

The MATCH International Women’s Fund thanks the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) and all Clubs across Canada for supporting our “Holding Ground, Breaking Ground” project this past International Women’s Day. Read more here. 

News from GWI 

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June 9, 2017


Greetings CFUW members! I am writing to update you on several items of interest.

Appointment of Cheryl Ambrose

I wish to announce that Dr. Cheryl Ambrose has accepted the CFUW Board
appointment of VP Advocacy.  Cheryl is currently the Regional Director for Ontario West and well versed in the promotion of advocacy among CFUW members. The attached introduction of Cheryl provides some information on her background and her involvement in CFUW. 
 
This appointment comes on the resignation, for strictly personal reasons, of Dr. Sharon Crabb on May 7, 2017.
 
Cheryl and Sharon are collaborating on making this a smooth transition and I am confident that the priorities already established for the 2017-2018 year will, with the able assistance of our Advocacy Coordinator Sarah Schattmann, guide CFUW advocacy programs nationally, regionally, and locally. Both Cheryl and Sharon will be attending the 2017 AGM, Cheryl as VP Advocacy, and Sharon as President of CFUW Fredericton and a member of the Sub-Committee Status of Women and Human Rights, Both are involved in workshop presentations.
 
Letter from Geeta Desai, GWI President

When setting up the Ad Hoc GWI Committee, Geeta had assured me that a preliminary report on GWI dues increases would be made available to NFAs around this time. It is of particular importance that CFUW  have up to date information in view of the proposed Bylaw motion to remove the requirement of membership in GWI from the Bylaws, and also in voting on the proposed budget (particularly should the dues increases decided at the GWI Triennial of August 2016 have been instated).

I am pleased to report that the preliminary report on the dues increases has been received from Geeta and is copied below. It gives us the parameters of the Ad Hoc Committee’s consideration of dues increases. It does not give an exact amount as that is yet to be decided. To put this in perspective, please note that an additional 6 Swiss Francs would be an additional $8.40 per capita for CFUW.

(The message from GWI President Geeta Desai follows.)
Update on GWI Dues – Related Consensus Building Process- June 5, 2017

  • The 16 members of the GWI Ad Hoc Committee, from USA, Netherlands, Mexico, Canada, England, Norway, Spain, Turkey, South Africa, Nigeria, Egypt, India, New Zealand, Australia and Japan, met for the first time on May 20, 2017.
  • Based on a revised budget, the Committee discussed a total increase of CHF 7 for the highest paying countries (for Canada, it would mean an increase of CHF 6).
  • CFUW currently pays CHF 15.5 per capita, annually. The Cape Town vote would have translated into a total increase of CHF 19 (9,5,5) for CFUW. After the first three years of this front-loaded increase, CFUW members’ annual dues would have increased to CHF 34.5 (15.5+19).
  • Instead, if the NFAs agree to the CHF 7 increase, CFUW members’ annual dues increase to CHF 21.5 (15.5+6).
  • While the increase will not be more than CHF 7 (for CFUW 6), there is a good possibility that it may be lower – CHF 6 or 5 (for CFUW members 5 or 4). There is also the possibility that there will be no increase. While not ideal, the Board is prepared to manage GWI and provide services with the current level of revenues generated by dues.
  • Ad Hoc Committee members have undertaken the responsibility to speak to their respective NFAs and additionally two NFAs to settle the dues increase and a range of other issues that will, hopefully, strengthen relationships between the GWI and its NFAs.
  • When the increase will be implemented will also be among the Committee’s recommendations based on its dialogue with NFAs.
  • Committee members will turn in their reports on conversations with the NFAs by June 20 and the committee will meet shortly thereafter to finalize recommendations to the GWI Board.
  • According to Swiss Law, the General Assembly – GA (comprised of NFA delegates for the next three years), is the GWI’s supreme decision-making body. Also according to Swiss law, the GA can amend its own vote regarding the increase and can vote on another amount entirely. The GWI Constitution offers the facility of an electronic vote to its NFAs, between face – to – face meetings.
  • Although the GA has changed its own vote by not adhering to the Cape Town vote, it will have to do so formally. At which point the GWI board will make a new motion informed in large part by the recommendations of the Ad Hoc Committee. The constitution calls for four months between a motion and a manual vote but is not clear about this duration before an electronic vote.
  • While we will check with Constitutional Advisors, it is safe to assume that a similar amount of time will be given to NFAs between a new motion and their electronic vote.
  • Whether there is an increase or not, there will have to be a motion regarding the Cape Town vote, which will be made shortly after the Ad Hoc Committee’s final recommendations.

Grace, as always, thanks to CFUW members for their continued interest in

and support for GWI.

Geeta 

GWI Financial Information and Analyses 

The GWI financial information received on May 30, 2017 was posted earlier on the Member Resources website. CFUW requested an analysis from each of two financial experts and with their permission, this has also been posted.
The links to the financial documents supplied by GWI and the analyses undertaken by our two financial experts are found below.
 

Grace Hollett
CFUW National President

GWI Financial Information

Request from VP International for Information on Clubs Supporting Refugee Families

If your club has been involved in sponsoring or supporting a refugee family please send a note to the VP International Relations at cherylhayles@sympatico.ca by June 15th.  We are interested in finding out the number of persons in the family and the level of continued support the club has provided for the family.



May 8, 2017

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

Reminder to Register for the 2017 AGM before May 23, 2017


The CFUW Annual General Meeting and Conference will take place in Richmond, British Columbia from June 22 - 24, 2017. The opening reception will start at 5:00 pm on Thursday, June 22, followed by the Learning and Development Day and evening banquet on Friday, and the Business sessions on Saturday. Board and RDs will have pre and post AGM meetings as well. The Local Arrangements committee has arranged a program of tours for delegates and guests starting on June 21st. 

For instructions on how to register and for information on tours, accommodation, dining and more, please visit:

https://www.proreg.ca/events/cfuw/2017/welcome.php

Please read the AGM Registration Information Guide before registering.

If any problems with the registration form, please report them tocfuw@ProReg.ca or call ProReg Registration Solutions toll-free at 1-866-760-2005.
 
Remember to register before May 23, 2017 to receive the Early Bird Discount on registration fees. The final deadline for registration is June 13, 2017.
 
Club Displays – Reminder  
Clubs are invited to submit their Club name to present a poster display of their activities. Space for five displays will be available in the foyer. If Clubs wish to have such a display, they should submit their request to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com  by May 26, 2017. Guidelines for the displays are attached.

CFUW Charitable Trust (CT) Boutique – Reminder


We invite all delegates and members to visit the CT Boutique.

To make the Boutique a success, delegates are asked to help by donating an item for sale that will catch  your eye and interest to buy.

What to donate?  Jewellery, art cards (celebration and seasonal), paintings, handcraft items, culinary treats, preserves, and collectibles are gratefully accepted.

More details coming soon about the location of the Drop-Off depot for your items and hours of operation.

Looking forward to seeing you in Richmond!

RESULTS OF THE CFUW FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS  FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR 2017-2018 

Download full list of winners here.

National Health and Mobility Survey for Adults 45+

Here is a chance to participate in a study funded by the University of Waterloo International Research and Partnership Grant to examine the effects of health on mobility among Canadians. The aim is to determine how health as well as physical, cognitive and social factors influence injury rates including driving and fall related accidents. To learn more or participate click here.

Young Professionals Subcommittee Film Screening 


NGO CSW/NY is excited to be among an amazing list of partners (ranging from British Airways, Refinery29, The Global Fund for Women, and many more) behind a global initiative happening on May 10th, called 50/50 Day with over 8,000 film screenings worldwide. We hope you’ll join us!

Join our YP 50/50 event, or host your own! 
About 50/50 Day (watch 2 min trailer here): 
On May 10th, thousands of organizations, companies, schools, museums, libraries and homes -- anywhere people already gather --- will join a global conversation about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world. 
All participating groups will:

  1. Screen the 20 minute film 50/50 (watch it here) by Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain 
  2. Tap into a 24 hour livecast Q&A that unifies all the film screenings and features prominent leaders from diverse perspectives discussing how to get to a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society: business, politics, culture, society, and home. 
  3. Engage with printed discussion materials to dive deeper into conversation

 
Host Your Own 50/50 Day Event
Everything is free thanks to generous grants and donations. All you need to do is sign up at 50-50day.org  (takes 2 minutes). Once you have registered the 50/50 Day hosts will be in touch via email to help you organize your events. 
Please help spread the word about this global initiative to your community! 


Advocacy


Delays to Reforming the Access to Information Act
CFUW  joined over 50 Canadian civil society organisations and citizens to send a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on April 4th, asking him to renew the commitment of his government to reform Canada’s woefully outdated Access to Information Act. Notwithstanding strong pledges to amend the Act during the election campaign and afterwards, including in its 2016-2018 Open Government Partnership (OGP) action plan, the government announced two weeks ago that it was delaying the promised reforms. The letter calls on the government to make a clear and formal commitment to move forward with the reform process and to pass amendments at the very latest by the end of 2018. You can read the statement here (pdf).

This is an important issue affecting all Canadians as we rely on the ATI Act to obtain vital information from our government. We strongly urge you to write to your local MP to continue to apply pressure on the government to move forward with these necessary reforms. You can use the following template (doc) to send a letter to your local MP. 

GWI News
 

Update Newsletters:

Courtesy of the Personal Insurance: Top tips for buying home insurance

Spring is peak home buying season, and for many people, buying a home is the biggest financial investment they’ll ever make. Most homeowners simply can’t afford to replace or repair damage caused by unforeseen circumstances such as fire, storm damage or theft of their belongings. Home insurance protects you by covering the cost of repairing or replacing what’s lost or destroyed.  

The following tips will help you understand what is (and isn’t) covered by home insurance, and give you some ideas for making your home insurance more affordable. Read more here.


CFUW Clubs News

  • Canadian Federation of University Women Stratford requests city-wide plastic water bottle ban. Read more here.
  • Women academics urge action on gender pay gaps at universities. Read more here.
  • CFUW house tour event to feature heritage house in Thorold. Read more here.
  • CFUW hosting Annual House Tour. Read more here.

Important Dates


May 15, 2017 Deadline for Emergency Resolutions

May 15, 2017 Deadline for Club Scholarships and Donations Reporting

June 22-25th, 2017 CFUW AGM and Conference

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March 27, 2017

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Indigenous Peoples Film Festival 2017
2017 is Canada’s Sesquicentennial or 150th anniversary.  Many celebrations and events are planned across the country but for many people, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, Canada exists on stolen land as this was not an empty space waiting to be populated.   Through the Indigenous Study Group, CFUW is inviting Clubs, interest groups and individuals to learn more about our First Nations, Métis and Inuit heritage in this the 150th year since Confederation. Read more about the film festival here in MS Word and PDF.

Reminder -  Where to Find Finance Reports
 
Finance reports are found on the Member Resource website- www.cfuwadmin.org user name: viewonly; password- cfuw4321. The reports are filed under Governance - Financial Documents. Finance reports are reviewed by the Finance Committee and then sent to the Board for review and acceptance. Once they are reviewed by the Board, the reports are posted on Member Resource website. With some exceptions, the reports appear on the website monthly.


Advocacy


The 2017 Federal Budget was unveiled March 22nd 2017. It included a much anticipated gender-based analysis, which highlighted the many areas in which gender inequalities exist in Canadian society. Investments in social infrastructure and housing and commitments to childcare and continuing education are some of the cornerstones of this budget and mark a welcomed step towards addressing gender inequalities in Canada. Nevertheless, much more work is needed the areas of care - child and elder, parental benefits, continuing education, youth employment, Gender-Based Violence, Climate Change, Affordable Housing and Social Infrastructure, Poverty reduction for seniors, and regressive tax measures, which negatively impact women. CFUW applauds the Federal Government's commitment to creating a gender equal Canada and is committed to working with the Government on these issues to create a more equitable future for all Canadians.

To read more on CFUW's reaction to the budget:
Press Release - PDF format
Full Response - PDF format

In advance of the budget, this letter was sent to Minister Monsef supporting the development of a National Framework on Early-Learning and Childcare. Last year, the Budget allocated $500 million to developing this framework, in partnership with the Provinces, Territories and Indigenous People. It is set to be launched this year. 

Letter to Minister Monsef - PDF format









GWI Requested Financial Information

In response to the Board of Directors requestiing an up-to-date GWI budget without the increased dues and a year to date financial report, GWI has sent the two documents, which are found below:

GWI Financial Renevue and Expenditutre Statements 2015-2016-2017 - PDF format

GWI 2017 Budget (without dues increase) - PDF format

Also included for background information is the GWI 2015 Annual Report, which contains their audited financial statements for 2015 (pages 19-30)

GWI 2015 Annual Report - PDF format

GWI Updates:



CFUW Club News

February 28, 2017

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

  • Read this brief biography of Jean Fisher, CFUW's new RD of New Brunswick. 
  • Make sure to send in your Club Membership Dues by March 31th, 2017. Get your dues in on time and your Club will be entered for a draw to win a Bose speaker! If you have any questions regarding how to submit your dues, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Whyte, Member Services Coordinator, via email at cfuwgen@rogers.com or by phone at 1-888-220-9606 ext 101.
  • Learn more about CFUW publications and how to sign up here.
  • Congratulations to CFUW West Vancouver for winning the draw for an iPad mini! Thanks to all Clubs who submitted Membership numbers on time! 
  • After six years of service to GWI as a member of the Finance Committee and five months as the Treasurer on the current Board, Tricia Blombery has made the difficult decision to tender her resignation. Read the full statement here. 
  • Learn more about your National Office Staff - read more here about who we are and what we do.

We are pleased to welcome Sarah Schattmann as our new Advocacy Coordinator at the National Office. She has previously worked with UNICEF, UNHCR, MEDA on women economic empowerment projects and has worked as Advocacy Director with STAND Canada. She has also recently completed her Master’s degree in International Affairs from NPSIA at Carleton University. She is deeply passionate about human rights, gender equality, poverty alleviation and economic empowerment.


Advocacy

International Women's Day
As you know, we are less than TWO WEEKS away from International Women’s Day. We want to start by saying a BIG thank you for everyone’s fundraising efforts in honour of this year’s partner MATCH International. You have made a meaningful impact in the lives of women around the world standing up against gender inequality. If you haven’t made a donation yet, it’s not too late! Send a cheque to your local club who will forward to the national office and it will be put towards our MATCH International contribution.

To maximize donations, we have created a template for an Op-ed your club can use to connect with your local newspapers. You can download the template here, and adapt it to your local context.
 
Most importantly, we want to hear from you this IWD! Please share with us what your club is doing to celebrate International Women’s Day on our Facebook page (link here) or on Twitter (be sure to tag us @CFUWCA)! If you ran an interesting fundraising campaign, we would also love to hear about it so we can share it on social media. 

For clubs interested in participating in this year's '7 Days of Genius Campaign: Youth Creating Solutions for Gender Equality,' here is a useful toolkit to support your advocacy initiatives!

Letters to Ministers
With the recent signing of the United States Executive Order on immigration, refugees applying for asylum in the US are now finding themselves at greater risk of persecution. To this end, we have, on behalf of all CFUW clubs, written a letter to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, requesting him to consider repealing the Canada/United States Safe Third Country Agreement. You can find the full letter here. If you are interested in pursuing an emergency resolution on refugees in light of recent developments, please contact us at cfuwadvocacy@rogers.com.

As always, we appreciate hearing about the current issues you are advocating on and how we can support you to be more effective and visible in your work! 


Club News

 

  • March 8th, International Women's Day, proclaimed as CFUW Richmond Day. Read the proclamation here.
  • CFUW Belleville key organizers in International Women's Day March. Read more here.
  • Looking smart through the ages: CFUW West Vancouver celebrates 60 years. Read more here.
  • Stop the Violence elder abuse talk at a Canadian Federation of University Women Etobicoke Valentine’s breakfast in support of Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter in Etobicoke. Read more here.



GWI News


 

 

Important Dates/Deadlines
 

March 1, 2017 Creative Arts Award
March 30, 2017 Membership Awards
March 30, 2017 Club Grants
March 31, 2017 CFUW Membership Dues to be submitted.
April 30, 2017 Special Project Awards
April 30, 2017 CFUW National Initiative: Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls Award
May 1, 2017 Mentorship Award Application 
May 1, 2017 International Relations Award Application 


For more information on each of these awards please follow this link to the Member Resources website.

“Preventing and Responding to Violence

Against Women and Girls:

Sexual Assault Policies in

Post-Secondary Institutions in Canada

 

February 15, 2017

To All CFUW Clubs:
 

CFUW is writing to introduce clubs to a National Initiative of a Status of Women Subcommittee. The initiative is a research project titled, “Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls: Sexual Assault Policies in Post-Secondary Institutions in Canada”. The purpose of the project is to determine whether post-secondary institutions have sexual assault policies and, if so, how do the policies work in practice.
 

The Status of Women Subcommittee that is over-seeing this project has developed a package of materials that we are asking CFUW Clubs to distribute to their members. Then, we are  inviting clubs and individual members to participate in the project as volunteers by doing internet research towards finding sexual assault policies at post-secondary institutions, examining the policies, and completing a questionnaire about the policies.
 

The package includes the following:

 

1/ A four-page document with the initial motion to the CFUW Board of Directors and an overview of the project. Download document here.

2/ A two-page questionnaire that invites CFUW Clubs and members to participate in gathering data for the project. Download questionnaire here.

3/ A one-page instruction sheet for the questionnaire. Download instructions here.

4/ A 6-page list of public post-secondary institutions in Canada, their locations and websites. Download list of institutions here. 


Please take the time to review all the materials. If you have further questions or need more information, please contact:

Pam Love

email: pamlove1948@gmail.com

phone: 506-206-3255

address: 508-5 Riverside Drive

Fredericton, N.B. E3A8C2


We hope that many clubs and individuals across Canada will join us in this endeavour.

Sincerely,

Pam Love,

Chair Status of Women Subcommittee

February 7, 2017

This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 

CFUW News


Reminder to Clubs: Today is the final day to send in your response to the Task Force Report “CFUW’s Way Forward”. Your response needs to be sent to Robin Jackson. Please title your email:  Response to CFUW’s Way Forward from CFUW (name of Club) and send it to Robin Jackson at cfuwed@rogers.com

You can download the full report here. 

Membership Dues: Now that Clubs have input their membership numbers you can access the invoice to submit your dues. If your Club pays the dues by March 31st, 2017 you will be entered in a raffle for a prize! Then final deadline to submit your dues is May 1st, 2017. 

To help you identify how much to pay in Membership Dues and to ensure your final membership numbers are accurate please download the membership dues invoice. To do so you need to:

1- Log into the cfuwmembership.org website. Each Club has its own unique login information. If you do not remember yours please contact Elizabeth Whyte at cfuwgen@rogers.com to access it.

2- Click on the ‘Clubs’ tab in the top menu.

3 – Select ‘Enter Club Membership’ from the list of options.

4- On this page you will see a grey table highlighting your current membership numbers. If there are any discrepancies here you will need to fix these first. To update your membership numbers click on the ‘EDIT’ button on the left hand side of the grey table. It will allow you to change your membership to reflect your final numbers. Make sure after you have entered new membership numbers to click on the 'UPDATE' button where the Edit button used to be. 

5- Once your membership numbers are up to date you can print the membership invoice. You do so by clicking on the long rectangular grey button at the bottom of the screen that states ‘Download Membership Invoice’. It will download onto your computer, a screen with it should pop up. If not check your download folder to find it there.

6- Print this invoice and send it in along with a cheque noting it is for Membership Dues in the memo section. You make the cheque out to CFUW or Canadian Federation of University Women.

7- The mailing address is at the bottom of the Membership Invoice. You can also find it online, as well as our contact information if you need more information. 


Advocacy Updates

Electoral Reform
CFUW was incredibly disappointed at the announcement that the Government will no longer be pursuing electoral reform. In line with our policy in support of Proportional Representation, CFUW participated in the national consultations on electoral reform, presenting our case to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. CFUW responded to the Minister of Democratic Institutions and Prime Minister Trudeau to hold them accountable for this backtracking on their election promise. Over 60,000 people signed a petition to bring electoral reform back to the table. You can sign the petition here. CFUW will continue advocating for a change to a more representative electoral system. 

CFUW Joins Women's Organizations to Condemn Global Gag Rule
The Global Gag Rule prohibits foreign NGOs from receiving US assistance related to family planning and reproductive health. This reduces women’s access to reproductive health services such as counseling, referrals, abortion services and information, and causes real and serious harm. You can read the statement here. 

CFUW to Host Parallel Event at UNSCW
For a week in March every year, organizations from around the world converge on New York City to attend the Commission. This year, CFUW will be hosting a Parallel Event at the Armenian Cultural Centre on March 16th. Five speakers, including two CFUW Vice Presidents and representatives from the YWCA and Mosqoy, will discuss women, mentorship and the changing world of work. You can see the poster for the event here

 

Important Dates/Deadlines

March 1, 2017 Creative Arts Award
March 30, 2017 Membership Awards
March 30, 2017 Club Grants
April 30, 2017 Special Project Awards
April 30, 2017 CFUW National Initiative: Preventing and Responding to Violence against Women and Girls Award
May 1, 2017 Final Deadline to Pay Membership Dues
May 1, 2017 Mentorship Award Application 
May 1, 2017 International Relations Award Application