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CFUW Takes Stance on Neonicotinoid Pesticides, Carbon Taxes, and Physician Assisted Death - July-10-15
At CFUW's 2015 Annual General Meeting members voted on series of policy resolutions to support a moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, to promote carbon taxes to reduce climate change, and support individuals' rights to physician assisted death while protecting the vulnerable. These policy resolutions now represent CFUW's official stance on these important issue. Read the resolutions here.


CFUW Makes Parallel Submission to UN Human Rights Committee - June-03-15
CFUW has made a submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee in advance of Canada’s sixth periodic report reviewed by the committee from June 29 - July 24, 2015. The issues addressed in the report focus on equality between women and men, particularly equal remuneration for work of equal value, employment equity, access to justice, and the human right to be protected from non-state actor torture. Read the report here.


Statement by CFUW on Women and the Media - May-15-15

People across Canada are reacting to the treatment of television reporter Shauna Hunt.  It is appalling that women in the media are still challenged by forms of violence such as that experienced by the female journalist most recently.  Women in the media should not be subjected to any form of violence.  Whether it be verbal, as in this case, or in the form of negative representation that so adversely affects self-image and status in society. Read our statement here.


Calling for Restoration of Funding for Quebec Native Women Inc. - May-15-15

CFUW has just learned, through an APTN report, that the Quebec Native Women/ Femmes autochtones du Québec (QNW-FAQ) stands to lose core funding as a result of transferring the  Aboriginal Women’s Programming Elements (AWPE) from Heritage Canada to Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Developmen’s Family Violence Prevention Program. The potential loss of funding is troubling, and puts the future of this organization at risk.We have therefore called on the Government of Canada to take immediate steps to ensure continuity in this vital organization’s funding and operations. Read our letter here.

Budget 2015: What’s in it for women? - April-27-15

This year’s budget is heavy on tax benefits, as well additional support for women entrepreneurs and women in the corporate sector. Some of the announcements include a $60 increase in the Universal Tax Benefit, income splitting through the “family tax credit”, an Action Plan for Women Entrepreneurs, and enacting a “comply or explain” approach to promote more women on corporate boards. Read our 2015 budget analysis here.

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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"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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