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CFUW to host a panel discussion in New York!

The Canadian Federation of University Women’s delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) is heading to New York in a month!

CFUW will be hosting on March 13th, 2018 at 10:30 AM in the Armenian Convention Center (Vartan Hall), “Opportunities and Challenges for Rural Women in the Global Community” a panel discussion co-sponsored by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, YWCA and the All Indian Women Conference.

Focussing on the challenges and opportunities for rural women, each of the four NGOs on the panel will reflect on the intersectionality of education, gender based services, healthcare, transportation and technology in rural women’s empowerment. Click here for more details.

In the preparation leading up to the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW62), 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, The MATCH International Women’s Fund and National Council of Women of Canada. Read the statement here.


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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women: CFUW’s SDG Series, Vigils and Polytechnique Commemorative Award

This December 6, 2017, the Canadian Federation of University Women commemorates and honours the lives of victims of gender-based violence and stand in solidarity with all women experiencing violence, abuse and harassment.

For this occasion, CFUW continues the series on significant days to facilitate the conversation about the Sustainable Development Goals. “We believe the elimination of violence can only be realized with the understanding that aggression against one woman is abuse against all women. The individual cannot be separated from the community and therefore national epidemics of violence have a global impact" says Cheryl Hayles, V.P. International Relations. Consult the December 6 edition of the SDG series here.

On the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against women, CFUW clubs and members across Canada will be observing moments of silence as well as organizing or joining vigils. Consult our Facebook page for more details on club vigils:

Clubs also continue to raise money for the CFUW École Polytechnique commemorative award. This award aims to commemorate the lives of the fourteen women students murdered on December 6, 1989, by encouraging women to pursue graduate studies relevant to advancing the status of women. Deadline for application December 8, 2017. Click here for more details.


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International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

February 6 is the United Nations International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 120 to 140 million women have been subjected to FGM and 3 million girls are at risk each year.

For more on this subject, consult the article of Kathryn Wilkinson, VP Education. Click here.


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