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Quebec Provincial Council of University Women's Clubs Urges Prime Minister to Restore Casgrain Award - July-29-14

The Quebec Provincial Council of University Women's Clubs is dismayed upon hearing of the removal of the name of Thérèse Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine,  from a national honour and has been replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister's banner in addition to evidence of Mme. Casgrain’s image and accomplishments being erased from the public sphere. Read the letter to the Prime Minister in English or French.

 
CFUW Elects Doris Mae Oulton as New President - June-24-14
At its annual general meeting and conference, CFUW elected Doris Mae Oulton from Winnipeg as its new President for 2014-2016. Doris Mae has been a member of the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg since 1984, and was its President from 1990-1992. She has been CFUW Vice President of the Prairies, Regional Director for Manitoba and Vice President Communications and Governance on the National Board. Read the full press release here.

 
National Initiative on Violence against Women - June-22-14
At the 2014 CFUW Annual General Meeting, CFUW announced the results of its 2013/2014 National Initiative on Violence against Women and Girls. The CFUW National President Susan Murphy invited Clubs across Canada to participate in the initiative at last year's Annual General Meeting. Members across the country took up the President’s challenge and  over half of the Federation’s 107 Clubs responded with a wide variety of projects in their communities.  We are happy to announce that we will continue to expand on the initiative in 2014/2015. Read the press release on our blog.
 
CFUW Grants Close to $1 Million in Scholarships and Bursaries for Women - June-20-14
Close to $1 million in scholarships and bursaries was awarded by the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Clubs across the country this past year. Susan Murphy, National President of CFUW, announced that “this is an annual contribution Clubs make to demonstrate their commitment to the education of girls and women. We know that these scholarships and fellowship have an impact on thousands of lives every year.” Read the full press release on our blog
 
University Women Concerned New Prostitution Legislation Continues to Criminalize Women - June-05-14
CFUW is concerned that Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act will continue to punish and criminalize women for selling sex, and fails to address the social, economic and racial inequalities that push women into prostitution. Read our press release here.
 
CFUW Makes Submission to Study on Women's Economic Prosperity and Leadership - June-02-14
CFUW has made a submission to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women for their study on Economic Leadership and Prosperity for Canadian Women. Read our submission here...

 
University Women Call for Increased Access to Education for Girls and Women in Detention and Prison - June-01-14
Women and girls in detention and in prison generally have little education, are poor and have low employment prospects, say the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) on the occasion of IFUW Day on June 1st. IFUW and CFUWcall for increased education programs, including financial, health, human rights, information technology (IT) and language literacy training. Such programs for incarcerated girls and women would help upgrade their skills and improve their employability.  Read more...
 
From Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women to Abducted Nigerian School Girls: CFUW Calls for Action - May-08-14
Recent reports of nearly 1200 missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada and over 200 abducted schoolgirls in Nigeria have alarmed CFUW members. We are calling on our federal government to take immediate action; echoing support for an impartial public commission of inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, along with a national action plan, and urging Canada to work with the Nigerian government to return the girls to safety and ensure an event like this does not occur again. Read our letters to the Ministers of Justice and Public Safety, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development.
 
CFUW Calls on Government of Canada to Enforce the Canada Health Act in New Brunswick - April-25-14
CFUW is concerned by the limited access women have to abortion services in the Province of New Brunswick; a situation that will only be exacerbated by the closure of Morgentaler clinic in Fredericton in July 2014. In a letter to the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, CFUW has called on the Government of Canada to compel the Province of New Brunswick to comply with the Canada Health Act by funding abortions performed at the Morgentaler Clinic in Fredricton, and repealing Regulation 84-20, Schedule 2 (a.1) of the Medical Services Payment Act. Read the letter here.

 
All across Canada, people are celebrating Adult Learners’ Week! - March-25-14
Adult Learners’ Week (ALW) is being observed this year from March 29 to April 6 and championed by the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU) with support from some of Canada’s leading lifelong learning organizations including Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning, Réseau pour le développement de l’alphabétisme et des compétences (RESDAC), the Canadian Literacy and Learning Network (CLLN), CAPLA and the Canadian Federation of University Women. Read more here...

 
CFUW to Participate in the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women - March-06-14

 CFUW is sending 14 delegates to the United National Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City taking place from March 10 to 21, 2014. The CSW is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.The discussion at this year’s session will primarily focus on the challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) for women and girls.  Read our joint oral statement on the priority theme.

 
Federal Budget Offers Little for Women Once Again - February-12-14

OTTAWA – February 12, 2013 – With the exception of a few announcements, Economic Action Plan 2014 offers very little to improve women’s economic opportunities and address violence against women says the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW). Read the full press release here.

 

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