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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of the removal of the name of Thérèse Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine,  from a national honour and has been replaced by a volunteer award bearing the prime minister's banner in addition to evidence of Mme.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.

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

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