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CFUW 2015 Annual General Meeting


2015 AGM and Conference June 18-21, 2015

AFDU Québec and the Québec Regional Council look forward to welcoming you to historic Québec City next June for the 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of University Women.

Registration for the 2015 AGM is now open!

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Call out to Scholars in Social History and/or Women’s Studies - April-01-15

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

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Breaking the taboo of workplace aggression - March-06-15

The research team VISAGE of the Trauma Studies Centre is proud to invite you to register to "Breaking the taboo of workplace aggression : a conference on workplace aggression, the impact on mental health and differences based on sex and gender" which will take place Friday 22 May 2015 - 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m at Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Montréal.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED before April 22nd, 2015. Space is limited!
Keynote Speakers

Judy Arnetz, PhD,  Wayne State University, Michigan, USA
E. Kevin Kelloway, PhD, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Even though male and female workers are differentially exposed and affected by workplace aggression, both tend to minimize or trivialize that exposure by fear of being stigmatized and labeled as unfit for the job or incompetent. This conference will be an opportunity for researchers, employers, professionals, students and unions to exchange knowledge on the taboo of workplace violence.
Please note that simultaneous translation will be available in English throughout the day.
Posters Session  
A posters session will be held for students. Please submit your abstract of 250 words via email to Nancy Renaud:, before April 22, 2015. Your poster should present current themes related to workplace aggression and, if possible, results regarding sex and gender. For students who will present posters there will be a cost of 40$. Consult the program  Hope to see you!

"Up for Debate" - Calling for an Election Debate on Issues That Matter to Women - February-18-15

When it comes time to elect our next federal government in 2015, over 100 organizations, including CFUW want to see party leaders explain how they plan to build a more equal Canada for us all, and make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and around the world. This must start with a nationally broadcast leaders’ debate on issues identified by women. Over 30 years ago during the 1984 election, political party leaders John Turner, Brian Mulroney, and Ed Broadbent did just that. We are calling on today's federal party leaders to participate in a nationally broadcast election debate focused on women. Join us in calling on the leaders by visiting the campaign website, Up for Debate.

CFUW Responds to Offensive Comments Made by Dalhousie Dentistry Students - February-09-15

In a letter to Dr. Richard F. Florizone, President of Dalhousie University, the CFUW Atlantic Regional Council h as expressed concern about the offensive, degrading and misogynist comments made by a group of Dalhousie Dental students on Facebook. Read the letter here.

Remembering the École Polytechnique Massacre - December-05-14
Tomorrow is the 25th Anniversary of the massacre at Universite du Montreal’s Ecole polytechnique of 14 women. Today and tomorrow, across the country, there are vigils and sunrise services being held to remember. Read the full message from CFUW's President here.

Open letter: Budget Bill Restricts Access to Social Assistance for Refugee Claimants - November-19-14
CFUW has joined 160 organizations across Canada in opposing provisions in the budget bill (Bill C-43) that would open to the door to refugee claimants being denied social assistance. In an open letter to Minister of Finance Joe Oliver the organizations ask for the withdrawal of sections 172 and 173 of the bill, which would allow provinces to deny social assistance based on immigration status. Refugee claimants, who are among the most vulnerable in our society, could be denied the crucial lifeline that allows them to survive and begin to rebuild their lives in Canada. Read the open letter here.
New Report on Canada's Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action - November-05-14
CFUW is happy to have contributed to a new report on Canada’s 20-year review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Progress on Women's Rights: Missing in Action clearly shows that progress has stalled in several critical areas, including violence against women and girls, the economy, and women’s leadership and decision making. Read the full report here.

Campaign Challenges Political Leaders to Take Women's Rights Seriously in 2015 Election - November-04-14
CFUW is proud to share with you that today, alongside over 100 women’s organizations and their allies, the launch of Up for Debate - a campaign calling on all federal political parties to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and around the world. Visit the campaign website for more information.
Camino Trek Raises over $17,000 for Women’s Postgraduate Awards - September-26-14
Susan Murphy, immediate Past President of CFUW, and her friend Monika Oepkes just completed a 22 day trek of  500 kilometres on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, raising over $17,000 for the CFUW Charitable Trust. Leading up to the 100th Anniversary of CFUW in 2019, the Trust will be raising $100,000 to help increase the number of National fellowships and awards that will be offered in that year. Read more on our blog.
CFUW Calls for Action to Address Growth in Low Literacy among Canadians - September-08-14

On the occasion of International Literacy Day, CFUW calls on federal, provincial and territorial governments to address the troubling growth in low literacy among Canadians. According to the latest Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) carried out by Statistics Canada on behalf of the OECD, 48% of the Canadian population has literacy skills below level 3, the internationally accepted level required to function in a modern society and to be fully component in many jobs. Read more here.

CFUW echoes CHRC call for Public Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women - August-20-14

CFUW has written to the Honourable Peter Mackay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada to fully endorse the Canadian Human Rights Commission call for a full public inquiry into the root causes of so many deaths and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls.  Read the letter here.

CFUW Meets with Canada's Ambassador to Afghanistan to Discuss Women's Rights - August-15-14
Canada’s Ambassador to Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, paid a visit the CFUW National Office on Tuesday to meet with representatives of the organization to discuss her ongoing work to promote Afghan women's rights. Read more on our blog.

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.


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