Information from Issues and Advocacy Committee

Honourable Chair,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ministers, and civil society members,

I am speaking today on behalf of the Canadian Federation of University Women. My name is Joy Hurst, Vice President International Relations. We welcome the opportunity to address this assembly.

The Canadian Federation of University Women is an organization established in 1919 with nearly 7,000 members across Canada focused on the education and empowerment of women. Climate change severely inhibits the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education for all. Quality education is a vital tool to adapt to climate change.

Climate change endangers human rights to safe housing, sanitation, food and economic security. Unfortunately, those most responsible for climate change are not those who suffer most.

Women are not only “vulnerable and at risk”, women and girls can be a powerful and untapped resource in key climate change sectors and Indigenous-led environmental stewardship is essential to addressing, mitigating, and adapting to the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

The Canadian Federation of University Women supports the United Nations assessment that legislation and regulations to reduce emissions must be implemented at the Member State level in order to drive transformative change. We urge member states to:

1. fulfill their Paris Agreement commitments and collective funding promises to close the finance gap, as stated at the Climate Vulnerable Finance Summit;

2. ensure actions to address climate issues are grounded in gender analysis and mainstreaming gender into National Determined Contributions;

3. conceptualize climate change as a security risk through the Women, Peace and Security Agenda;

4. direct at least 25% of humanitarian funding to grassroots organizations, with a particular focus on Indigenous-led and women’s rights organizations, to address the root causes of climate-induced migration;

5. plan transition away from non-renewable energy by retraining, reskilling workers in the energy sector;

6. regulate the private sector especially relating to the activities of the resource extraction sector and;

7. include gender equality targets related to climate in trade agreements.
We thank the dedicated members of this assembly for their work in advancing gender equality.

CFUW's 2022-23 International Service Project Fundraiser - Darakht-e Danesh Online Library (DDL)

On March 10, 2022 the Board endorsed the recommendation of the International Relations Committee to change the historical IWD project to an annual International Service Project and to extend the fundraising period to a full year, from International Development week in February of year 2022 to International Development week in 2023, giving clubs more opportunity to plan and participate. The organization and project chosen for 2022-2023 is International Service Project Fundraiser is the Darakht-e Danesh Online Library (DDL), a program by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. 

For fundraising tracking purposes, Club donations should be sent to the CFUW National Office (815 St. Laurent Blvd, Unit 230 Ottawa, ON K1K 3A7) with International Service Project in the cheque memo. Individual donations can be made directly on the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan website by selecting "DDL Fund" from the drop-down menu & your club name in the dedication.


 CFUW's 2022-23 International Service Project Fundraiser is the Darakht-e Danesh Online Library (DDL), a program by Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. The Darakht-e Danesh Online Library (DDL) provides Free and Open Educational Resources for Afghanistan. The Library is a digital repository of open educational resources (OERs) for teachers, students, and anyone with a curious mind who wants to learn more on a particular subject. The Library currently houses nearly 6,000 resources in almost 130 subjects, for both primary and secondary teachers, in nine languages. The Library was created to increase access to quality, locally adapted educational resources, to encourage individuals and teachers to consult a wide variety of information sources in their practice, and to support teachers to adapt, create and share their own resources with other educators.