Past President of UWC Winnipeg Sandy Millen and National President of CFUW Doris Mae Oulton (2014-2016) with a poster for the upcoming Centennial of CFUW. The picture is of Margaret McWilliams. You will find out more about her in the UWC section of this website. The setting is the Living Room of Ralph Connor House.

Past President of UWC Winnipeg Sandy Millen and National President of CFUW Doris Mae Oulton (2014-2016) with a poster for the upcoming Centennial of CFUW. The picture is of Margaret McWilliams. You will find out more about her in the UWC section of this website. The setting is the Living Room of Ralph Connor House.


          Canadian delegates to the 1921 Paris Conference of the International Federation of University Women.  Margaret McWilliams is seated at centre.
   Source: University Women's Club of Winnipeg, Archives of Manitoba

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF

UNIVERSITY WOMEN

cfuw university women's club winnipeg

CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 CFUW Clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women, and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. CFUW is the largest affiliate of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), the leading girls’ and women’s global organization run by and for women, advocating for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education and training up to the highest levels.

Vision

Our vision is of a strong national organization working to ensure that all girls and women have equal opportunities and equal access to quality education within a peaceful and secure environment where their human rights are respected.  Our vision includes a world where poverty is reduced, discrimination eliminated, where there are equal opportunities for leadership, employment, income, education, careers and the ability to maximize potential.

Mission Statement

CFUW will continue to enhance its role as a national, bilingual, independent organization striving to promote equality, social justice, fellowship and life-long learning for women and girls.

CFUW’s Purpose

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW/FCFDU) is a leading national equality-seeking organization that works to advance the human rights of women and girls.

1. Promote high standards of public education in Canada, advanced study and research by women, and sound concept of lifelong learning.

2. Advocate for the advancement of the status of women, human rights and the common good locally, nationally and internationally.

3. Promote cooperation, networking, support and understanding among women.

4. Encourage and enable women to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision‐making in all aspects of the political, social, cultural, educational and scientific fields.

CFUW/FCFDU is committed to:

  • Improving the status of women and girls
  • Promoting quality public education
  • Advancing the status of women, human rights, justice and peace

National Activities 

  • Informs the Government of Canada about CFUW/FCFDU policies on education, the status of women, human rights, justice, social and environmental issues
  • Provides members with opportunities to network at local, regional, provincial, national and international meetings
  • Supports the CFUW/FCFDU Charitable Trust which
    • Receives individual and Club donations
    • Administers funds for:
      • Graduate Awards and Fellowships
      • The Creative Music Award through the Banff School of the Performing Arts in Alberta

Local Clubs of CFUW/FCFDU:

  • Provide opportunities for fellowship and support
  • Hold meetings on educational, cultural and social issues with an emphasis on the status of women and girls
  • Have special interest and study groups on a wide range of topics
  • Research and present resolutions for consideration at the CFUW/FCFDU Annual General Meeting
  • Ensure that local MPs, MNAs; MLAs; MPPs are aware of CFUW/FCFDU policies
  • Advocate for CFUW policies at the local level


CFUW Responds to Bill C-36

While CFUW is generally supportive of the approach taken towards prostitution in Bill C-36, the Protection of Exploited Persons and Communities Act, we have expressed our concern for sections 15(1) and (3), which continue to criminalize prostituted persons. We also fear that the funding announced for prostitution exit services will not be sufficient to meet short term and long term needs, and have asked that the Government of Canada undertake a comprehensive needs assessment. Read our letter to Justice Minister, Peter Mackay, which follows up on the CFUW Brief to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. (click on previous sentence)

URGENT: Justice for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls

Join CFUW members in writing to your Member of Parliament using our templates for individuals and Clubs to demand justice and action for Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women and girls
 (you can find your MPs contact information with your postal code here). You can also contact your Premier and relevant provincial Ministers using this template and contact list.(click on template, contact list and here  in previous sentence for downloads)

 

GRADUATE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL

Graduate Women International is an international network linking women graduates from all cultures, all fields of study, all professions and all generations.

GWI has national affiliates in 62 countries, including CFUW, and individual members in more than 40 others.

It was founded in 1919 after World War I by women graduates who believed in the importance of working together for peace, international understanding and friendship.

jUNE 30, 2015  MEMBERS OF GWI IN TURKEY TAKING ACTION FOR CHANGE IN  WOMEN'S RIGHTS CITED IN THE CIVIL CODE

jUNE 30, 2015  MEMBERS OF GWI IN TURKEY TAKING ACTION FOR CHANGE IN  WOMEN'S RIGHTS CITED IN THE CIVIL CODE

Today their mission is to:

  • promote lifelong education for women and girls; promote international cooperation, friendship, peace and respect for human rights for all, irrespective of their gender, age, race, nationality, religion, political opinion, gender and sexual orientation or other status; advocate for the advancement of the status of women and girls; and
  • encourage and enable women and girls to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision-making in all forms of public and private life.

They provide a global voice for women graduates, working for the adoption and implementation of international agreements that will protect and benefit all women and girls.

Members volunteer their expertise in a wide-range of community projects, such as:

  • literacy and vocational training programmes;
  • free medical and legal clinics;
  • programmes to prevent domestic violence; and
  • campaigns to increase women’s awareness of their rights and to promote women’s participation in the political process.

GWI also offers numerous conferences, seminars and workshops that provide opportunities to discuss global issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Visit GWI's website for more information. 

http://www.graduatewomen.org

                 GWI'S 32nd TRIENNIAL CONFERENCE 

 Cape Town, South Africa         August 2016

Graduate Women International’s triennial conference taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, in August 2016, is a leading conference  focusing on the confluence of education, gender and human rights. It is the occasion to discuss pertinent issues and to network with a wide variety of stakeholders, ranging from Ministers of Education, Ministers of Finance, to Deans and Trustees of Secondary schools, universities, technical colleges and other institutes  of higher education, international organisations such as UNESCO, WHO, UNICEF, UN, UNHCR, ILO, CARE, PLAN, education and human rights NGOs---check out GWI website for updates.

GWI International Fellowships & Grants
Eligibility of Applicant and Proposal: 

  • The Fellowships are for PhD candidates only. Applicants must have completed the first year of their doctoral studies in a university recognised by GWI by the closing date for applications and must supply evidence to this effect. 
  • Proposals will be accepted in any disciplinary field.
  • Proposals must have demonstrated relevance to GWI’s mission policy as described on the GWI website http://www.graduatewomen.org
  • Proposals for all awards require work in a country other than that in which the applicant was educated or habitually resides. The minimum period for Fellowships is eight months; the minimum period for Grants is two months.
  • Administration FeeMembers of a national federation or association (NFA) of GWI who are financial at the time of their application are eligible to apply without fee. Independent members are eligible to apply without fee if they were financial for the year 1 January to 31 December 2013 and are currently financial at the time of application, otherwise they must pay the administration fee as for non-members.  Non-members may apply subject to an administration fee, which must have been made by the time of their application. The fee is CHF 50 for women in developing countries and CHF 100 for women in industrialised countries. Applicants should seek confirmation as to the appropriate payment by contacting fellowships2014@ifuw.org 

Applications:

  • When is the application deadline?

  • There is a final closing date for all applications to reach GWI, but Members of GWI’s national federations and associations must apply through their national headquarters. The deadline for this varies by country. Please ask your national headquarters for the exact deadline.
  • GWI independent members must apply through GWI headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland for all applications to reach GWI.
  • Non-members must apply through GWI headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland complete with all supporting documentation.

  • Further detailed information, which should be read before making an application, can be downloaded from the GWI website. This includes:
  • List of Awards available and their conditions.  
  • Application form
  • Candidate instructions
  • NFA instructions
  • Referee Instructions

 

               UWC Winnipeg Member to Attend International Women’s Conference in Cape Town, South Africa

Winnipeg – July 14, 2016 – Sandra Millen of the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg, will be part of the delegation from the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) to the Graduate Women International (GWI) 32nd
Triennial Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, taking place from August 24 – 26, 2016. GWI is a worldwide, non-governmental organization of women graduates which advocates for women’s rights, equality and empowerment
through access to quality secondary and tertiary education.

This year’s triennial is organized around three central themes: education, gender and human rights. The conference will bring together affiliates from countries all over the world to foster dialogue and exchange ideas on these
themes.

This subject is particularly important as the status of women around the world remains insecure, and girl’s education continues to be neglected. This triennial conference provides a crucial opportunity to ensure that the best
ideas and initiatives are being supported, and that women and girls are being empowered around the world.

“Sandra Millen is a past president of University Women’s Club and we are delighted that she is part of the CFUW national delegation”, said Carolynne Presser, CFUW Winnipeg President. “This is a wonderful opportunity to meet
women from around the world, discuss matters of common concern, and bring back information and new perspectives on women and girls education to our Club and community”.

As the largest affiliate member of Graduate Women International, the CFUW delegation will be actively participating in the discussions in Cape Town. It is the hope of CFUW that delegates will engage in meaningful discussion
and contribute to concrete action to be taken on education for women and girls.
CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 CFUW Clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women, and to promote
human rights, public education, social justice, and peace.

For more information, contact: Sandra Millen.

  CFUW VP PRAIRIES          BILKIES MCKEN

CFUW PRAIRIE REGION ANNUAL REPORT

MAY 2016           at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba

Spring Meeting of CFUW Manitoba Clubs

given by VP Prairies Bilkies McKen

I am profoundly grateful to the Regional Directors and presidents of the twelve Canadian Federation of University Women’s clubs on the prairies, for the time given, the effort, skills and expertise shown in achieving their clubs’ goals as this 2015-2016 year ends. In addition, I appreciate the continued, consistent promotion and the successful sustaining of CFUW’s vision/mission through the valuable work and unwavering support evidenced. As we boldly strike out propelling and raising the status of women at home and abroad, I applaud your efforts from the smallest, unseen and unsung act to the biggest howled and heralded one. Finally, I thank the national staff, my mentor and club members for truly sharing and caring. 

MEMBERSHIP

Membership across the prairies continues to be a work in progress. As the theme of our Prairie Gathering with CFUW Regina as host, in October 2015, it provided the opportunity for club members to obtain first hand executive level information through presentations from the National Going Forward Initiative on Membership, Resolutions and IFUW/GWI, the National Membership Committee’s Power Point presentation and the Prairie Panel discussions. Serving as a springboard from which to further the development of increasing and retaining membership initiatives, clubs have added creative, strategic ways to recruit new members utilizing more digital modes of communication – CFUW’s Alberta/Saskatoon/Edmonton/Winnipeg websites with their wide, informative networks of appropriate links. Another is the application of Social media - Saskatoon’s newly energized website with extensions to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Again, smaller clubs are bravely embracing these forms – CFUW Strathcona. Some smaller clubs which have experienced loss of members due to geriatric issues and other causes have successfully almost regained their membership numbers – CFUW’s Prince Albert, Lethbridge, Portage La Prairie and Strathcona, while others have gained members - CFUW Saskatoon. Regional Directors in each province are in communication with their clubs through club visits, teleconferencing, emails and meetings.  Their support stresses inclusivity and diversity of newer members as we continue to soldier on.                       

ADVOCACY

CFUW advocacy activities undertaken and those presently being undertaken on the prairies range from promoting effectiveness in monitoring the implementation of those already in place to the proposal of new advocacy initiatives. Aptly described, and using materials created for club use by the national, clubs inexhaustibly, “roar” the 5 W’s – who, what, when, where, and why of CFUW.  Some advocacy activities are about CFUW’s policies, Another is about Resolutions -  directed to politicians, government officials (MP’s in Manitoba addressing CFUW’s 2015 resolutions) and the media. CFUW advocacy activities reach across to organizations in support of similar grass roots initiatives akin to CFUW’s. An example is Violence against Women. Conspicuous participatory activities of CFUW support Sisters in Spirit International Vigil Day, October 4th - public reading of CFUW’s National President’s letter to SAWCC.  Another is thesupport bolstering the courageous disclosure of abuse by CFUW Lethbridge’s club member and provincial legislative member - national television and papers. Yet another is the newer advocacy initiative in partnering - CFUW Edmonton with Canada’s only standalone newly formed Ministry of Status of Women, Alberta.  Examples of awareness activities of CFUW’s advocacy concerning its Child Care resolution among the many clubs across the prairies, effectively vary from advocacy letter writing on Early Childhood Education - CFUW Portage La Prairie - to continued support and development as done by CFUW Calgary North, to the broader establishment of Child Care advocacy activities by larger CFUW clubs such as Winnipeg Edmonton, Saskatoon, Calgary and Regina. Again, an example of advocacy activities in mobilizing public broad- based support is that on Child Care’s Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder-Diagnosis and Intervention - CFUW Yorkton and different health care givers in conjunction with the Children’s Therapy Program for the Sunrise Health Region, on Autism.

Other forms of advocacy activities function throughout the year through committees, meetings and gatherings such as the successful Prairie Gathering, enhancing the call for future biennial prairie meetings to be structured along an agreed – upon format. Again, promotion of advocacy awareness of CFUW Clubs include the following: A CFUW Day, September 14th, is celebrated and acknowledged by the province and municipalities of Saskatchewan; last October and April this year, Prairie clubs vociferously involved themselves in the querying of candidates from questions prepared by clubs, to printed information in the participation of both federal and provincial elections.

Through Operation Shoebox (Christmas) CFUW’s prairies pitched their advocacy efforts confronting and bringing awareness of those who are needy and marginalized. Some of these resulted in clubs adding to their selection of advocacy topics/projects - CFUW’s Lethbridge’s enhanced, sensitive approach in the further care of street workers and CFUW Prince Albert with Prince Albert’s Women’s Shelter. Also noted is the continued but renewed push for greater participation of seniors in their access to health information and treatment from East Central Saskatchewan’s new pilot in Health Services - CFUW Estevan.

 Opportunities for clubs to be thrusted on stage locally, provincially and nationally for their work on national/provincial policies are conspicuous – the celebration of International Women’s Day in March, and this year, the 100 Anniversary celebrations of women’s suffrage on the Prairies Some of these are: Manitoba, January 28 – included inthe “Nellies” by CFUW Winnipeg; Saskatchewan, March 14 - Regina’sGovernment House Display with archivesfrom CFUW Regina;  Yorkton – This Week Heritage Series withCFUW Yorkton, and in Alberta, April 19th – re-enactment production on steps of the Legislative Assembly - Ministry of Status of Women and CFUW Edmonton

PROFILE

Prairie Regional Directors and clubs presidents and members have worked diligently to enhance CFUW’s Biennium theme “The Power of Women Working Together.”

Letters to politicians (federal, provincial and local), the press and other co-partnering organizations promoting key messages, have not only aided in alleviating the profile of CFUW and its clubs across the Prairies, but also have helped to carve CFUW’s “personality” - its core values – higher standards of education, raising the status of women and children at home and abroad, and the promotion of peace, security and justice for all. Examples of one aspect regarding higher standards of education are seen in the following: Regina, for its well - grooved literacy program; Calgary for its far -  reaching varying community - wide literacy projects;  CFUW’s Edmonton and Strathconaand Edmonton schools on“Alberta Reads” with expansion to support Early Childhood education; Winnipeg’s grade six historical Social Studies activities at the Ralph Connor House, long serving small clubliteracy giants like CFUW Portage La Prairie’shistory of its literacy activities; newer route to the mapping of digital literacy from CFUW Strathcona, Lethbridge’s investigative efforts on the education of girls in the Mennonite Community,  and CFUW Calgary North’s school activities.                                                                                                                                               

Clubs are encouraged to keep their websites/bulletins, face books, databases, and other local directories current with accurate, appropriate information. Still, creative profiling - “Elevator Speech” - is maintained by existing members preferring a more personal approach. Yet, how do would – be – members find out about us and find us? Part of the answer is seen in the need for training/application in current digital preparation kits by clubs available from the national, the ease for greater teleconferencing among member clubs and sustaining the established building of partnerships across communities. 

FINANCIAL SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIPS/BURSARIES/FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS/AWARDS

 Advancing women’s and girls’ education is the key to equality and economic prosperity and encourages life-long learning. As a core component of its vision/mission statement CFUW understands that in raising the standard of education, promoting lifelong learning includes the support given to women of many age groups (mature women) whose education levels may span a continuum of learning from basic literacy skills to advanced research at the doctoral level. CFUW also understands that due to the cycles of disruptive forces/circumstances and natural unavoidable events i.e. job losses, relocation and child rearing, financial support beckon.  Prairie clubs have awarded large significant sums of money through its many scholarships, fellowships, bursaries and grants. Financial support through the dynamic fund raising efforts of clubs, donations, trusts, estate bequeaths and philanthropies can be awarded to deserving students who may be recipients from needs - based situations. Furthermore, financial support has evolved to include recipients pursuing non - traditional disciplines – trades, arts and music. Hence, CFUW’s   financial assistance focuses not only on women and girls attending universities/colleges but to the larger community of the deserving who wish to advance their education.

SUSTAINABILITY

In identifying opportunities for sustainability, prairie Regional Directors and Club members strive to maintain visibility on what CFUW is about. Excellent opportunities to have voices heard on what CFUW has to offer allow for a culture of participation providing input, problem solving and celebrating achievements. Clubs seek novel ways to express their ideas with ensuingmodifications and changes concurrent with those of the national’s which include among others,  policies, resolutions, proposals et al. Examples areby - law updates, revised manuals,  and procedures for new proposed initiatives – mentorship. Also, increased membership drives are sparked through exposure of club culture evidenced via town halls on moot topics of discussions, meetings with federal/provincial/local stakeholders (MP’s/Legislators) workshops, guest speaker presentations open to the public and campaigns via the media. Sustainability is strengthened as clubs educate for the transitioning of CFUW executives on leadership roles, governance, membership and advocacy. Though raising awareness through consistent, accurate communication is a daunting task for clubs on the prairies, they find clever ways to sustain and thus grow their organizations.

CURRENT ISSUES/ACTIONS

Further to their activities, prairie clubs are in full swing responding to preparations for CFUW’s 100th Anniversary Celebrations. Committees are being formed or have already been formed to work on activities/projects proposed by the national which includes the 100th Anniversary Scholarship – CFUW Estevan almost at her targeted goal. Club members have been in contact with our national president through “Operation Connect,” regarding dues, succession planning, membership and other concerns and are taking actions. GWI issues have certainly enabled the broadening of background knowledge through discussions/town halls/teleconferences in response to a wide array of materials provided that concern the relationship between our two organizations. We hope the outcome is positive. Club members from the prairies seized the opportunity to attend the UNCSW60, and have begun to use relevant ideas for future planning. Presently, clubs are engaged with our national president regarding Pre- Budget Consultations. As we prepare for the coming AGM in St. Catharines, we will have already begun to birth ideas garnered to help shape our future clubs’ goals.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Following up on the results of the Prairie Gathering, in order to understand my new role as VP, and each club’s objectives, my sincere thanks go to Regional Directors,  Dr. Madeline Kalbach, Margaret Hendry andFran Myles who keep in contact providing assistance and support to their clubs in realizing their potential for excellence. To each president, Yvette Svendson (Calgary), Janet Bowes (Calgary North), Joy Hurst (Edmonton), Patti Johnsen (Lethbridge), Enid Nikolai and Shirley Reid (Strathcona), Cheryl Andrist (Estevan), Dalelene Yelland (Prince Albert), Brenda Wallace (Regina), Janie Charbonneau (Saskatoon), Eileen Harvey (Yorkton) Wilma Shirrif (Portage La Prairie) and Carolynne Presser (Winnipeg) my many thanks to you for your warm welcome given me as I undertook myon - site visits/meetings with you. I am listening and learning as you establish a culture promoting the mission/vision of CFUW through the empowerment of women. Thank you Councils and other Committee members for your support too.  I also thank the national for their support and to my mentor, Brenda Wallace for hers too. Welcome Dr. Dale Wilkie and Patricia Elliot in your new roles as Regional Directors for Alberta and Manitoba respectively! I look forward to working with you and with all new executives and club members. My best to you!

 Respectfully submitted by Bilkies McKen, VP Prairies, May, 2016

 

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GWI (GRADUATE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL)                              IFUW Becomes GWI    

by  Muriel Smith                                                                                                                                     

JUNE, 2016

Article No. 8                                             Final Thoughts on GWI 

This will be my last commentary on GWI and the question of whether CFUW retain or sever its relationship. Our Winnipeg Club has had its AGM discussion on the matter and voted overwhelmingly to sever the tie. Our president received that advice from Winnipeg members by secret ballot as to how she should vote at the CFUW AGM in St. Catharines in late June. What happens in St. Catharines will then determine how our CFUW delegation will vote on future affiliation, proposed constitutional changes and budget for the next Triennium at the GWI AGM in Cape Town, South Africa in late August.

My feeling at this point is that the unwillingness to take on an additional financial burden will carry the day, both in Canada and South Africa. At both events, there will be many eloquent pleas made for the benefits of being part of an international organization, one that CFUW helped found in order to promote, with worldwide political and economic decision-makers, the importance of educating girls and women. We too often forget the role education has played in enriching our own lives, and that far too many of the world’s girls and women have not yet had that door to equality and opportunity opened for them.

While my personal preference is that CFUW remain affiliated with GWI, I have spent some time reflecting on why women’s groups, here and elsewhere, find that regardless of the flood of good will and hard work, we have not been able collectively to marshal the resources, human and capital, to support and sustain our local, national and international women’s organizations.

I have been considering both the history and the current realities of women’s lives. While there are a few exceptions, women as a group have had  long and arduous struggles both to support themselves and their families economically and to project their voices into public decision-making arenas to benefit all women. Add to that, while struggling for their own and their sisters’ equality, they have been carrying by far the greater burdens of care giving and community building. Women university graduates on average have fared much better but too many of us still believe we cannot readily absorb significant fee increases.        

Even in Canada where many women have been in the workforce and have built up substantial pensions, that is not true for all, even in Clubs where fees are substantially lower than our Winnipeg Club which has a costly historic house to maintain. These three factors – women only recently and not in all countries entering the political and economic mainstream; our paid employment, if any, predominantly in lower paid service sectors; and our greater share of responsibility for care giving and community building – combine to reduce the ability of many of us to absorb cost increases.   

Unless those of us who argue for keeping our international connection with GWI are able to persuade members of the need for and value of belonging to this organization we helped found and have helped to guide, one with a purposeful commitment to promote education for girls and women worldwide as the best means to achieve equality and peace, I fear the “bottom-line”, however important it is, will always become the decisive factor.

                

MAY, 2016

Article No. 7:                                                                     Time For Vision
 

Time flies. There are only two months left until CFUW will be voting whether to stay with GWI or withdraw. Meetings are being held across the country as members everywhere struggle with the arguments pro and con. Meanwhile, both CFUW and GWI are looking ahead and trying to plan for an uncertain future.

Each is anticipating both scenarios: an ongoing partnership or separation. CFUW is considering the implica-tions of both, financially and in terms of scope of perspective and strength of advocacy. GWI is reviewing the past triennium during which it has worked hard to carry out the mandate set for it at the 2013 Istanbul Triennium. Its most recent communications lay out their strategy with three year future action plans under different budget scenarios.
CFUW’s chief reasons for withdrawal are the increased cost of dues and the belief they can have as much effect internationally on their own. GWI fee increases stem from the broadening gap in exchange rates be-tween the Swiss franc and the Canadian dollar. A particular concern involves the potential impact on plans for CFUW’s hundredth birthday. They also believe the increase in fees would be unacceptable to their Clubs, many of whom, including Winnipeg, are struggling with financial pressures of their own. There is also the risk of a further decline in membership which would further impact their bottom line.

GWI is presenting the results of their SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). They report the progress made on the mandate they were given in 2013 when it was decided to use re-serves to change their structure, functions and governance. They have taken a realistic look at the current state of their own finances and implications for the future. This has involved looking at what could be done both by actively pursuing other sources of funding, a process already underway, and by raising per capita fees.

Per capita fees GWI charges NFAs are based on a schedule that considers both the comparative economic strength of the parent country (its GDP) along with deductions based on the size of the membership. Can-ada currently pays 15 francs, a reduction from the standard 18 Swiss francs. The proposed increases would be to either 35 francs or 100. A 35 franc levy would permit ongoing development of most of the current activities and services (revised since 2013) whereas the second would permit the employment of a fulltime fundraiser to decrease dependency on fees and further strengthen all existing activities and services.

To deal with all of this, they have also proposed a revised constitution, laying out the proposals and princi-ples followed in its construction, and included an easing of dues charged for those National Federated Asso-ciations (NFAs) which face an excessive spread in exchange rates with the Swiss franc.
It is clear both CFUW and GWI have been working diligently to handle their respective problems. I believe the facts can take us just so far. In times of crisis, it is important to remember the vision and mission that inspired the formation of each entity and their ensuing partnership. It was always an uphill struggle.

APRIL, 2016

Article #6                                                        A Worrying Turn of Events

The current situation with regard to CFUW-GWI relations has taken a worrisome turn. My comments are made as an interested member and are in no way official. I have valued my association with GWI (formerly IFUW) and hope some way ahead can be found to maintain CFUW’s affiliation with them.

A CFUW motion for a constitutional amendment submitted by the St. Thomas, Ontario Club to withdraw from GWI has sharpened the urgency of the debate. It will require a 2/3 majority and will be decided at the June AGM in St. Catharines, Ontario before the GWI Triennium in August in Cape Town, South Africa. There are at least two major perspectives, each with multiple variations. My hope is that the discussion, debate and ultimately the decision will be carried out in a calm and measured way with an emphasis on accurate information and openness to a variety of solutions.

In a nutshell, the constitutional amendment alleges GWI governance mismanagement, lack of financial transparency, and dues and voting systems biased against Canada. Those who oppose the amendment, including nine immediate past presidents of CFUW, challenge the factual accuracy of its allegations, the overbroad and potentially inflammatory statements and the undiplomatic tone.

The CFUW Board statements emphasize the intolerable increase in the cost of belonging. They attribute this to the declining value of the dollar, the volatility of the Swiss franc, the departure from GWI of some larger NFAs, the proposed increase in CFUW’s affiliation dues and the reluctance of Canadian CFUW members to accept any fee increases. 

Communications from GWI recall that members at the 2013 Triennium in Istanbul, including CFUW, supported deficit financing to enable the organization to restructure and refocus. They have challenged allegations of mismanagement and lack of transparency and have provided documented evidence to back their statements.

The whole debate is frustrating and bewildering to many club members. Without direct experience of GWI or relevant input from CFUW leaders and Canadian representatives on the GWI Board, the purpose, history and benefits of belonging to an international organization are not well understood. For example, in terms of advocacy, speaking for 18,000 members from 100 countries trumps the power of one country speaking for 8,000 members when international agreements and policies on education for women and girls are being developed.

My wish is that the tone of dialogue among all these interests becomes more open and mutually respectful with a will to seek the best solutions for all involved. I fear the focus has become “what’s in it for me/us” rather than “what can we accomplish together”. There are many materials circulating. I would be happy to share any that I have.

MARCH, 2016

 Article #5                                                             Current CFUW-GWI Issues

In previous Bulletins, we looked at IFUW/GWI and CFUW, their underlying purposes, how their relationship has developed, scholarships offered by GWI, and the acute financial pressures being experienced by both. This issue will focus on current changes.

On January 16, 2016, CFUW Victoria held an open meeting to air the collective concerns and changes underway in each organization. As is usual with change, there is tension between the two as both worry about their own viability. To promote clearer and more respectful communication, they raised the following points:

GWI is bigger than the sum of its parts, and CFUW is a major part of GWI.  

GWI can only thrive if its member National Associations thrive and grow.

CFUW members have responsibilities at all three levels: local, national and international. To meet these, they need clear statements of purpose and initiatives undertaken by each, but specifically the progress made on the Go Forward proposal approved at the 2013 Istanbul Triennium, and a process for sharing this information.

A concern that decisions may be made by CFUW before their June AGM based on a report from the current online CFUW process which is not engaging the membership.

A request for further information about GWI’s activities, general finances, management of scholarship resources, and budget projections for the next three years.

CFUW has many platforms from which to present their perspectives but GWI relies on the internet which may not reach all local members. They recognize that the current change is difficult and has produced some discomfort and resistance. Yet much has been achieved. Seven new NFAs have joined, sadly matched by four who left for late payment of dues. Many internal transformations (new name and website, rebranding, Swiss and New York State tax exemption) have been achieved and International Actions taken, for example

capacity building workshops in Senegal, Singapore, Mexico, Ireland, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Kenya, Australia, Fiji and France

policy seminars on Increasing Access to Education for Girls and Women in Asia: Solutions for Success (Singapore); Quality Education: Transforming the Lives of Women and Girls in Latin America (Mexico); Ensuring Education for girls and women and the post-2015 agenda [CSW59 in partnership with historic Project 5-0], Perspectives on Women’s Education for Entrepreneurship in Africa (Nairobi); [continued partnership with UN Women]; Bridging the Gender Gap                                  (Fiji): five manifestos on secondary education, tertiary education, continuing education, non-traditional education and education for all

 

Communication is fostered through a weekly Update, Members’ Corner and President’s Letter for those who sign up, Policy Updates, Circulars, and Press Releases and to NFA Presidents and CIRs, In Focus and Quarterly Accounts. It is the role of each national CIR (Committee on International Relations) to make this information known to CFUW members. Local Members are encouraged to consult the GWI webpage: http://www.graduatewomen.org.

FEBRUARY, 2016

Article #4                                                               The Difficult Issues with Money

University Women’s Club of Winnipeg is familiar with the mounting pressuresbetween costs of operating our magnificent Ralph Connor House along with the programs we all enjoy. Multiply those difficulties at least 1000-fold when it comes to operating Graduate Women International (GWI) in an increasingly volatile global financial environment. Struggles to do with money are not new issues for Women’s organizations around the world.

For our National Board, facing these struggles is a daily reality. Canada’s role in sustaining ourinternational body grows more difficult by the day as the Canadian Dollar slides in relation to the Swiss Franc (CHF), the currency with which we pay our annual dues. Add to that Canada’s status as the largest member National Filiated Association (NFA), and the recent withdrawal of at least two of the other larger NFAs, Germany and Netherlands and the burden becomes even greater.

GWI’s process for raising fees is cumbersome, not nearly as flexible as the floating values of      currencies. There is also the perennial conundrum that no one ever willingly chooses to increase fees, locally or globally, fearing this might aggravate an already disturbing trend of decliningmembership. Recognizing this dilemma, at the 2013 Triennial in Istanbul, the assembly authorized a deficit budget and the use of reserves to grow the organization both by seeking out new members and by searching for sources of income not related to dues.

To this end, GWI joined CHARGE, a Clinton Foundation and Brookings Institute Fund committed to a Collaborative for Harnessing Ambitions and Resources for Girls’ Education. In return for funds, GWI committed to a project training teachers of girls in secondary schools, specifically for rural Uganda teachers. A companion initiative was to train trainers on Gender and Leadership in a workshop involving 6 African countries. While not requiring GWI funds, this project still serves the mission of GWI and leads to new NFA members.       

At the coming CFUW AGM in St. Catharines, ON and GWI Triennial in Cape Town, difficult decisions will have to be made for the future. This may involve a re-jigging of the NFA dues formula by GWI and some deep heart searching by our own Canadian Federation. These issues do not get easier. They will call on the imagination and commitment of us all. However,  the struggle for           Equality for Women has never been easy and these challenges are no exception.

DECEMBER, 2015    JANUARY, 2016

Article #3                                                                                                         Scholarships with a Global Twist!

Scholarships are a priority in CFUW and in most Clubs across the country. So too are they a priority for IFUW/GWI, but in this latter case they have developed as responses to global crises.  There are two major funds: Hegg-Hoffett and Bina Roy.

The Hegg-Hoffett Fund was initiated in 1936 as an Emergency Fund to meet the critical needs of university women displaced by catastrophic political and military events. It was renamed the Hegg-Hoffett Fund in 1968 in honour ofa Swiss woman who was an active post-war fundraiser. The Fund was committed to assisting academic women graduate students seeking to adapt to a  new country and language.  One such student came to Winnipeg from Peru. Many werefleeing gender-related crimes such as rape, honour killing, forced marriages and female mutilation.

The renamed Bina Roy Partners in Development Fund was created in 1978. It had been named in honour of Dr. Bina Roy (1914-94), teacher and advisor from India. It works in partnership with other organizations such as the Virginia Gildersleeves International Fund and promotes projects related to IFUW/GWI priorities and strategic plan in countries with per capita incomes of less than $12,475 USD.  Grants must support the empowerment of women and girls through education and leadership development and not fund salaries.

Both funds are administered by an IFUW/GWI committee to whom recipients must  provide mid-term and final reports. Appeals are made for contributions to both these funds fromnational associations, clubs and members from around the world.

There is a third Fund that originated in and is fully funded by Canada. It is named the Dr. A. Vibert Douglas International Fellowship after Canada’s first woman astrophysicist. The  fellowships are awarded graduate students for advanced research, study or training in any country. Its administration was shifted to the IFUW/GWI in 1958, but there are currently discussions, in light of Swiss/Canadian currency fluctuations, whether this administration should be repatriated to Canada.

Scholarship activity at the international level is another significant way in which CFUW has been linked to the IFUW/GWI.  

NOVEMBER, 2015

Article #2

When the Canadian Federation of University Women was founded in 1919 to become part of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), Canadian women had been earning degrees since 1884 and Women’s University Clubs had been in existence for over 10 years. A member of the Toronto University Women’s Club had even represented Canada on the American Association’s Committee on International Affairs. Since the founding of IFUW, generations of our members have been actively involved with two CFUWmembers sitting as Presidents.

The IFUW played an important role in the League of Nations, the formation of the United Nations, and through its connections internationally as an International Non-Government Organization (INGO). This status gives members around the world a voice at the UN and its associated agencies, including the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Human Rights Commission, the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the World Health Organization (WHO), with permanent representation in Vienna, Geneva, Paris and New York.  Under IFUW’s new name, Graduate Women International (GWI), we have a voice for higher education for women: a voice CFUW was instrumental in launching 

Over the years, CFUW members have consistently brought international resolutions that have originated in local Clubs to GWI at their Triennial meetings. We have also supported scholarships through two funds, the Hegg-Hoffett Fund and the Bina Roy Fund - more on these in subsequent Bulletins.

GWI has also provided a worldwide network. This becomes of increasing significance to our travelling daughters and granddaughters. I and one of my daughters personally benefitted from staying at the Women’s Club in London, England.

OCTOBER, 2015

Article #1

You may have heard some talk about our international link: formerly known as IFUW (International Federation of University Women), now known as GWI (Graduate Women International). The change of the names has no relevance to us in Winnipeg or to our national body, the CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women). However, it is my opinion that the mission of GWI and our link to it are very important.

  Never heard about it, or not much? As one of the women who has had the privilege of attending their triennial meetings—in Istanbul, Mexico City, Manchester, Perth and Ottawa—I want to include in each Bulletin the reasons why I value this connection.

Our very own CFUW was founded in 1909 by three women, one each from the U.K., U.S.A. and Canada, "to counter the chilly climate in academe for women". That was pretty important back then and there are still a few such battles to be fought. In 1919, after enduring the destruction and challenges of World War 1, a thoughtful group of university women from North America and Europe believed peace would not be possible without equality for women and that would require equal opportunities for women and girls in education.

Ever since, the IFUW and now the GWI has been evolving. It was believed the preponderance of women from the geographical "North" had an important role to spread the movement to include women from the "South". Now with 60 member states and two new ones, Lithuania and Tajikistan ready to be approved, part of that mandate has been achieved.

 

 

 

REPORTS FROM CFUW LIAISON    LEONA MACDONALD  2015-2017

 

                                       CFUW AGM    ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO          jUNE, 2016

(L TO R)                                    SANDY MILLEN            PAT ELLIOTT                                                            BEVERLEY BOUDREAU        LEONA MACDONALD          RUTH SUDERMAN          MURIEL SMITH                                             ( CAROLYNNE PRESSER WAS THERE TOO!)  

SEPTEMBER, 2016

                                                  CFUW : THE POWER OF WOMEN WORKING TOGETHER
1.  CFUW/ GWI conferences Past President Sandra Millen is attending GWI meetings in Cape Town, South Af-rica, with new CFUW President, Karen Dunnett, and approximately 10 others from clubs across Canada. We look forward to hearing about what occurred at these critical meetings.
UWC Winnipeg members attended the June St. Catharine’s CFUW Conference and AGM: Presi-dent Carolynne Presser, Past Presidents Muriel Smith and Sandra Millen, Ruth Suderman, Patricia Elliott (voted in as our new Regional Director), Leona MacDonald and then-CFUW Presi-dent Doris Mae Oulton. It was an intense meeting, at times, as challenging resolutions were pre-sented and voted upon. All proposed resolutions were passed. The resolution to withdraw mem-bership in GWI was defeated after vigorous discussion, admirably managed by an experienced parliamentarian; therefore, CFUW is still a member of GWI. Consider attending next year’s con-ference in Richmond, BC.
2. Key Deadlines October - Women’s History Month October 4- Sisters in Spirit Vigils - across the country October 18 - Persons Day November 1 - 2016 Fellowship Application Dues November 15 - Intent to submit a resolution for AGM, 2017, via email to resolutions@cfuw.org.
3. Resolutions and Advocacy a) Proportional representation –The resolution for a new voting system was passed at the CFUW AGM. This will be studied by the Issues and Actions Committee, under the chairmanship of Joan Stone. Advocacy templates for MP letters were mailed in July. Information on the topic is avail-able at: Every Voter Counts Alliance at everyvotercounts.ca (click FAQ tab for a concise overview) and Fair Vote at fairvote.ca, where you will find three videos explaining three models of propor-tional representation under study.
4. News from CFUW and other Clubs
- North York –as part of their community support program, members raised $3,000 on a “ Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” campaign to help fight violence against women.
- Guelph- a plan for a multicultural family literacy program begins in Guelph, thanks to a $4,000 Library Award from CFUW. Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures Organization will provide books for parents to read to their children in their first language, then children read the same book in English at the Centre. The goal is to model better literacy.
 

JUNE, 2016

Key Deadlines:                                                                                                                                                                                          

June 23-25    - CFUW AGM at Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.  (see below*)                                                                                           

August 24-26, 2016-32nd GWI Triennial Conference, Cape Town, South Africa 

CFUW RESOLUTIONS:  Many thanks to the membership for deliberation and votes at our AGM, May 30th, for Resolutions to be presented at this year’s CFUW Conference and AGM.  President Carolynne Presser will take forward our club’s votes.                                                                                                                                          Resolution 1 – Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: Ending the Marginalization of Indigenous Women in Canadian Society – Carried                                                                                                                                            

Resolution 2 - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder- Diagnosis, Intervention, and Support Plan for children, adults and families affected by FASD – Carried                                                                                                                                                  

Resolution 3 - To Strengthen the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada in its mandate to Approve, Register and Monitor Pesticides in a timely manner, as well as to protect the health of Canadians and the environment – Carried                                                                                                                                                                          

Resolution 4 - Electoral Reform: Changing the First Past the Post Electoral System to Proportional Representation in Canada – Not carried. It was felt further study was required.   The Fair Vote Canada Website has excellent explanations of the three proportional representation models under consideration.                                                                                                                                                                  

Resolution 5 – Sustainable Development Goals, also known as Global Goals -  Carried.

                              The vote (secret ballot) on whether CFUW should retain membership in GWI did not carry. A large majority supported the St. Thomas resolution to withdraw membership.                                                                                                                   

*Annual CFUW Conference and AGM: Delegates are receiving instructions prior to attending the conference from CFUW. The excitement is mounting. The seven from Winnipeg who are attending will bring back stories of our CFUW adventures. 

 

MAY, 2016

This has been a busy time of year. Four to five bulletins arrive a month, as the national and international conferences occur in June and August, respectively, each with important resolutions to manage.  

Key Deadlines:

April 30 - National Initiative on Violence Against Women Award Application

April 29 - Donations to International Women's Day Inter Pares fundraiser

May 1, 2016 -   Special Project Award Application

May 1, 2016 -  International Relations Award Application

May 1, 2016 -  Mentorship Award Application

May 20, 2016 - Early-Bird Registration deadline for Annual CFUW Conference

May 31, 2016 – Early Bird Registration deadline, 32nd Triennial GWI Conference Cape Town, S.A.

June 1, 2016 - Expression of Interest in CFUW Committees – Leona has applications         

June 23-25    - CFUW AGM at Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.

August 24-26, 2016 – 32nd GWI Triennial Conference, Cape Town, South Africa

Advocacy:

1. CFUW has requested that letters be sent to provincial MPs requesting a change to Resolution #7, as submitted by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying, allowing advance notice prior to diagnosis of a grievous or irremediable condition. Our club will be complying with this request.

Resolutions:

Thanks to Joan Stone’s efforts, an amendment was sent to the Resolution committee re: Resolution #3.

CFUW AGM:

Six members will attend the Conference in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. If you are interested in attending with the group or need information, please contact Leona.

Canada and the Pay Gap:

Oxfam Canada has issued a report “Making Women Count: The Unequal Economics of Women’s Work”, that explores the economics of why women make less in Canada and around the world. In Canada a woman working full-time, year-round, make $0.72 for every dollar men make. There is a need for renewed wage gap analysis and action, a national child-care system, and investment in social infrastructure. New policies are required, policies CFUW has been working since 1919!

 

CFUW National Mentorship Program (Pilot): 

CFUW has a mandate to support lifelong learning for women.  Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics. computer science (STEM) fields, and politics. CFUW has launched a cross-Canada Mentorship Pilot Program to match mentors in STEM and politics with mentees. Please contact Robin Jackson, Executive Director, 613-234-8252, ext. 102, cfuwed@rogers.com, for info. 

 

Child Care and other outstanding requests:  

Doris Mae Oulton met with Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu for the first meeting between the two offices in ten years. At this meeting CFUW discussed the need for a federally-funded child care system. The Minister’s response was encouraging, as was the Budget announcement, in which $500 million has been pledged to develop a National Early Learning and Childcare Framework with the provinces and territories. 3/4. Private Member’s Bills were discussed: 1. to amend the Criminal Code to include Non-State Actor Torture (Bill C-242) 2. to change the Employment Insurance Act to support women in non-traditional jobs (Bill C-243).5.  It was suggested that the Traditional Women’s Day on the Hill be re-started in 2016 – giving women’s organizations across Canada an opportunity to meet with Ministers to discuss policies.

 

APRIL, 2016

DEADLINE REMINDERS:

March 31- CFUW dues

March 31 – CFUW New Member Award

April 8 - GWI delegate selection

April 30 - IWD Project

May 1 - Special Project Award

May 1 - International Relations Award

May 1 - Small Club Grant

May 1 - Mentorship Award

This is a particularly busy time for our service organizations, as CFUW and IFUW/GWI prepare for the AGM and Triennial meetings, respectively. Four reports were mailed this month, which will be summarized in this report and which can be accessed for fuller details at the CFUW website. Some members had trouble accessing information. With much thanks for the deft and timely research by Muriel Aboul Atta, members now can easily access the facts. Thank you Muriel.

CFUW News:

IFUW/GWI membership -  Since the Feb. 19th CFUW bulletin, there has been much discussion about the St. Thomas, ON resolution to withdraw from membership in IFUW/GWI, both online and at our club’s CIA resolutions and the General meetings. To stay current on the discussion and to obtain further information, please access the website. This is an important decision and we need solid facts to determine just what is the best choice for our club and for CFUW. Myra Willis, Chair of the Articles and Bylaws Committee urges us to do our due diligence, suggesting members access the IFUW/GWIwebsite: ifuw/gwi.org directly. Once on, log on to Members Resources. Scroll to bottom of page. In the left-hand column, click on GWI Going Forward. This offers much information and opinion pieces. Myra included her email, mwilliscfuw@gmail.com, as she is making herself available for questions.

Proposed changes to the Draft Resolution process – The CFUW Resolutions committee wish to shorten the timeline. The following new deadlines have been proposed:

-        March 1- April 15 - Club amending process

-        April 15 - Amendments due to CFUW offices

-        April 15/16 - Proposers make final changes

-        May 15 - Final draft resolutions sent out by National Office

Urgent resolutions – suggested that this category be removed

New definition of Emergency category - a) to deal with time-sensitive issues requiring action within a year b) a simple majority vote will bring resolutions to the floor at the AGM for consideration; a 2/3 majority vote will be required to pass. Since the change requires amendments to the Articles and Bylaws, it is recommended the amendments be presented at the 2017 AGM.

Bill C-242 – CFUW has been advocating since 2011 to add Non-State Actor Torture to the Criminal Code. Feb. 26th, MP Peter Fragiskatos, ( London N Centre) presented a private members bill to amend the Criminal Code to include this. The next reading is in April. A template for an appeal to local MPs is on the website, should our club wish to encourage local MPs to support this bill.

Consultations with MPs – Some MPs are consulting with local women’s groups to report to the Status of Women, Canada. If there are issues important to our club and/or CFUW policy, four backgrounders are on the website: The CFUW Women’s Equality Brief (2015); CFUW Education Brief (2015); CFUW National Support for Bill C-242; and the 2016 Brief on Issues.

Women, Peace and Security – Feb. 24th, MP Helene LaVerdiere, tabled a motion at the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee requesting the committee to conduct a study of the efforts of the Government of Canada to implement the UN Security Council’s resolution on Women, Peace and Security – a topic CFUW has long been advocating. CFUW lobbied members of the cttee. to adopt the motion. The fact that it passed Feb. 24th is a testament to how CFUW policy leads to advocacy, which in turn leads to action. Yes, indeed, our voices do matter, and make a difference.

ECOSOC - CFUW has ECOSOC status and is invited to attend the UN Council on the Status of Women (USCSW). ECOSOC is one of six principal organs of the UN system established by the UN in 1945. ECOSOC’s 2016 focus is the relationship to the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and New Sustainable Development Goals. The aim is to wipe out poverty, fight inequality, and tackle climate change over the next 14 years. Its theme is “Implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving from Commitment to Results”. Delegates meet March 12-19 - a time to shine a light on women’s empowerment. A report by CFUW delegates will be shared on the website and at the AGM.

IFUW/GWI Triennial – If you plan to attend, Aug. 21-23, Cape Town, South Africa and if you wish to be considered as a CFUW delegate, applications are online. The 10 voting delegates and 10 alternates are expected to attend all business meetings and participate fully in all events. Please contact Cheryl Hayles prior to the April 8th deadline, at cherylhayles@sympatico.ca, if you have any questions.   

 

 MARCH, 2016   

DEADLINE REMINDERS:

Feb 15/16 - nominations for CFUW Board positions and Regional Directors

Feb. 19/16 – nominations for election to GWI board, committees or Assistant Treasurer, to voted upon at the Triennial conference

March 1/16- submission for CFUW Library Award of $4,000 to promote literacy & learning using imaginative approaches, while ensuring community engagement.

Mar. 8/16 – donations submitted for International Women’s Day project to be marked by GWI as an occasion to donate funds to the Salvadoran Feminist Collective for Local Development. 

Mar.31/16 - submission of amendments to CFUW proposed resolutions

May 1/16 - submission of amendments to the amendments to Articles and Bylaws. The correct form (Form 2) must be used and submitted on or before this date to

articleandbylawcommittee@gmail.com.  Form 2, along with the procedures, may be found in the CFUW Member Resource site, www.cfuwadmin.org.  (login: User name- viewonly; ID: cfuw4321).

June 14-17/16 – Missing and Marginalized Women’s Conference, Waterloo, ON

June 23-25/16 -  CFUW Conference and AGM, at Brock University, Ste. Catharines,ON

August 21-23/16 – GWI Assembly for members and Aug. 24-26( the public), Cape Town, South Africa.

STATISTICS CANADA

The CFUW website notified clubs about Statistics Canada’s new census and its support forcommunity support requests from the ministry to increase census participationand provide communities with quality data. Community Support Toolkits will be provided and there are jobs available for people wishing to work on the census from early March to late July. If you are interested in this, please contact Stephanie Palma at Stephanie.Palma@Canada.ca or at 613-697-2847. For more information about the program and how you may participate, please visit the Statistics Canada website.

CLIMATE CHANGE:

The Federal Government acted within 90 days after the COP21 Paris talks. The CFUW website has provided advocacy letters for clubs wishing to urge the government to continue such actions and to create supportive laws to mitigate climate change. Tailor made letters for each province are provided on the CFUW website, which can be amended to create a letter in “our” voice.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO CFUW ARTICLES AND BYLAWS:

Motion 1:  Addition of Governance Committee to the list of Standing Committees

Proposer:  CFUW Board of Directors

Moved that: Governance be added to the list of Standing Committees in F.54

If adopted, the amended Bylaw would read: The following committees shall be designated Standing Committees of the Board: Advocacy, Articles and Bylaws, Education, Fellowships, Finance, Governance, International Relations, Nominations, and Resolutions.

Rationale                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Governance Committee of the Board of Directors was deemed serious enough for the operation and accountability of the Board that it was created as a Standing Committee in 2013.  This is the subsequent housekeeping change required for the Articles and Bylaws.

      Graduate Women International has proposed an increase in fees from its member university women’s clubs.

Motion 2:  Withdrawal of CFUW from Graduate Women International (GWI) formerly known as International Federation of University Women (IFUW) as a National Federation or Association (NFA) member

Proposer:  CFUW St. Thomas   

Moved that: In Canadian Federation of University Women Articles and Bylaws – Articles, strike out Article 4 - Membership in International Federation of University Women (IFUW).

Background Information

Along with England and the United States, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) was there at the beginning of the founding of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW or IFUW/GWI) 1919. Since then, CFUW has worked with the IFUW to pursue the shared goals of promoting lifelong education for girls, promoting international cooperation, advocating for the advancement of the status of women and girls, and encouraging women to apply their knowledge and leadership skills in their public and private lives. Our members are proud of that work and, as significant contributors to IFUW/GWI (in recent years as much as 40% of the IFUW/GWI budget), have continued to foster the growth of National Federations and Associations (NFAs) and IFUW/GWI for nearly 100 years.

At the 2013 IFUW Triennial, with the goal of addressing ongoing financial deficits, problems with unaffordable dues leading to loss of memberships of NFAs, and especially funding reliance on dues, necessitated reorganization of IFUW.   Even before IFUW leadership could address these issues, alarming financial information related to the untethering and resulting rise of the Swiss Franc led several NFA’s to worry about their ability to react to the significant impact on NFA budgets.  In the following year, it was hoped, that changes including new staff and programming and obtaining tax free status would increase revenue and decrease expenses. In 2014 a name change from IFUW was introduced, and in 2015 voted on and changed to Graduate Women International (GWI) in an effort to make the organization more marketable.

Commencing at the CFUW Annual General Meeting in June 2015, CFUW has embarked on a year-long study of its relationship with IFUW/GWI involving a large volume of ongoing correspondence including questions and answers, fact sheets, a discussion forum, opinion pieces and a webinar. These were communicated to the Canadian clubs via CFUW News and Updates. Because of the complexity of the opinions and sheer volume of information, many of the members in Canada are still unaware of the core issues surrounding the debate. Despite our long running partnership and a cooperation of almost 100 years, recent actions by the IFUW/GWI warrants the CFUW’s immediate withdrawal from GWI.

Rationale

Our amendment is based on the following:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           *Governance actions that abandon the IFUW/GWI constitution as well as democratic parliamentary procedures                                                                                                                                                                *Questionable financial accounting, poor fiscal planning for the future, and a lack of clarity and transparency in IFUW/GWI’s fundraising plans or finances                                                                                                  *Reliance on Canadian resources while failing to consult and provide respectful responses to questions or invitations *Providing marginal benefits to CFUW with no request for input other than for motions that are undemocratically overruled

***  Members are urged to reference the CFUW website for additional information on this issue, as it is complex, with many members supporting one or the other side of the proposed action.                                                                                                           

FEBRUARY, 2016

GRADUATE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL                                                                                    

             A webinar was held Jan. 12th to discuss GWI issues.

             Notice was given for deadline dates for elections at the Triennial conference, this year in Cape Town, South Africa, August 21-23 for members and 24-26 for the public. Those wishing to be elected or to nominate someone for a position on the GWI board, committees or as Assistant Treasurer may submit a bio and a passport-sized colour photo by Feb. 19, 2016. Job descriptions and committee terms of references are available on the GWI website, at the Members’ Corner. The final nominee list is posted late April. Travel grants at varying rates are available to attend scheduled meetings for those elected. Rules for elections and appointments can be found under the GWI Constitution and Bylaws.

Turkish University Women developed an advocacy plan to mobilize against child marriage for girls under the age of 18. Currently 1 in 3 girls is married before this. The number is expected to double in the next decade. Actions like an Istanbul street demonstration, meetings with politicians to enforce current legislation, largely ignored, and high visibility via all media hopefully will achieve results.

  A meeting held in Qingdao, China focused on the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by teachers and students to provide greater access to information and to empower both. Girls will be encouraged to focus on studies in these areas.  

United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Violence Rashida Manjoo has stated that because there are no binding legal treaties to make violence against women illegal, this gaping hole in International law allows governments to ignore gender-based violence.

CFUW     

Deadline for submission of amendments to CFUW proposed resolutions is March 31, 2016

Deadline for nominations for CFUW Board positions and Regional Directors is Feb 15, 2016. Nomination      Forms and job descriptions are on the CFUW website.

Deadline for the CFUW Library Award of $4,000 is March 1, 2016.  This biennial award is to promote literacy & learning using new and imaginative approaches, while ensuring community engagement.

Donations will be gratefully received from Clubs and individual members for the International Women’s Day project. A $7,000 request to CFUW from the Salvadoran Feminist Collective for Local Development would help reinforce and build upon successes in their struggle to end violence towards women in El Salvador.  

ADVOCACY ISSUES

Physician Assisted Dying - A Dec. 14 Globe and Mail article was posted on the recommendations of the panel of experts advising provincial and territorial governments. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/physician-assisted-dying-should-be-publicly-funded-says-advisory-group/article27745700/

The Liberal Government has asked for a six-month extension to the Feb. 1 deadline, to study the issue completely and to create new laws. Recommendations from the committee include: uniform rules across the country, a list of safeguards and availability wherever a patient lives (home, nursing home or hospital).

Violence Against Women – Emerging from a month of awareness on Violence Against Women, we were urged to not forget that the problem continues year-round, all over the world. In fact, this is considered a global pandemic. The UN has created an effective Infographic that is posted.     CFUW Advocacy Coordinator, Maddie Webb would like to be informed about any activity in the club that has increased the level of club visibility in the community, to highlight effective strategies at theAGM.                                                 

ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND AGM FOR CFUW 2016 – will be held June 22-26 in St. Catharines, Ontario at Brock University.

DECEMBER, 2015   JANUARY, 2016

I. Continuation of and addition to the Prairie Gatheringheld in Regina in October

Susan Russell’s talk to the group included the following information on the International level:

 The IFUW/GWL Strategic Advocacy Goals have been developed with plans to have UN teams focusing on the IFUW/GWI mission, manifestos, position papers and policy updates. Additionally it is establishing collaboration partners, which will further increase the International standing and leverage of IFUW /GWI.

Eleven position papers were prepared, including Education for Indigenous Peoples (Canada),   Non-state Actor Torture and Prostitution of Women and Girls. Its goal is to reach 62 million girls in 20 years through programs such as: Girl’s Choice; Ready for Work; UN Mentor and STEM girls.

Continuing Projects are:

- Bina Roy for development projects focused on the IFUW/GWLmission

- Fellowships- three rounds per triennium

- Hegg Hoffet Fund – for Displaced Women. World Wide displacement of women is at the highest ever recorded.

 A challenge to achieving new goals is the lack of a history of fundraising, a critical component in the success of the programs.

II. Resolutions Updates

The adopted resolution at the 2015 AGM in Quebec City to save our pollinators and our environment via a moratorium on the use of Neonicotinoid pesticides , heavily used in farming,  was supported when the Ontario Superior Court upheld a ruling to dramatically reduce the use of these pesticides by farmers.  Farmers will comply by dramatically reducing the number of acres planted with corn and soybean seeds coated with a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, which are toxic to bees and birds. Neonicotinoids are already banned in Europe. Grain Farmers are considering their legal options. An outright ban in Canada would have to be issued by Health Canada.

 Physician Assisted Death: Excellent information is available to CFUW members in the November 2nd  Week in Review. An excellent one-hour documentary on the topic, hosted by British author Terry Pratchett can be accessed directly from the CFUW website.

 Climate Change: The CFUWnewsletter will be reporting weekly on developments in regards to Canadian and International policy on Climate Change, given the fact that there is a new government in Ottawa, which could put a new face on climate change policy in Canada and the United Nations Conference in Paris, Nov 30th , which hopes to achieve a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.

lII. International Women’s Rights Issues

Read about: The first female President of Nepal, the increasing representation of female politicians in Australiaand the women involved in British unions on the CFUW website: www.cfuw.org

NOVEMBER, 2015

PRAIRIE GATHERING, Regina, SK


Over the years, CFUW members have consistently brought international resolutions that have originated in local Clubs to GWI at their Triennial meetings. We have also supported scholarships through two funds, the Hegg-Hoffett Fund and the Bina Roy Fund - more on these in subsequent Bulletins.

GWI has also provided a worldwide network. This becomes of increasing significance to our travelling daughters and granddaughters. I and one of my daughters personally benefitted from staying at the Women’s Club in London, England.

OCTOBER, 2015

Article #1

You may have heard some talk about our international link: formerly known as IFUW (International Federation of University Women), now known as GWI (Graduate Women International). The change of the names has no relevance to us in Winnipeg or to our national body, the CFUW (Canadian Federation of University Women). However, it is my opinion that the mission of GWI and our link to it are very important.

  Never heard about it, or not much? As one of the women who has had the privilege of attending their triennial meetings—in Istanbul, Mexico City, Manchester, Perth and Ottawa—I want to include in each Bulletin the reasons why I value this connection.

Our very own CFUW was founded in 1909 by three women, one each from the U.K., U.S.A. and Canada, "to counter the chilly climate in academe for women". That was pretty important back then and there are still a few such battles to be fought. In 1919, after enduring the destruction and challenges of World War 1, a thoughtful group of university women from North America and Europe believed peace would not be possible without equality for women and that would require equal opportunities for women and girls in education.

Ever since, the IFUW and now the GWI has been evolving. It was believed the preponderance of women from the geographical "North" had an important role to spread the movement to include women from the "South". Now with 60 member states and two new ones, Lithuania and Tajikistan ready to be approved, part of that mandate has been achieved.

 

 

REPORTS FROM CFUW LIAISON    LEONA MACDONALD  2015-2017

JUNE, 2016

 

MAY, 2016

This has been a busy time of year. Four to five bulletins arrive a month, as the national and international conferences occur in June and August, respectively, each with important resolutions to manage.  

Key Deadlines:

April 30 - National Initiative on Violence Against Women Award Application

April 29 - Donations to International Women's Day Inter Pares fundraiser

May 1, 2016 -   Special Project Award Application

May 1, 2016 -  International Relations Award Application

May 1, 2016 -  Mentorship Award Application

May 20, 2016 - Early-Bird Registration deadline for Annual CFUW Conference

May 31, 2016 – Early Bird Registration deadline, 32nd Triennial GWI Conference Cape Town, S.A.

June 1, 2016 - Expression of Interest in CFUW Committees – Leona has applications         

June 23-25    - CFUW AGM at Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.

August 24-26, 2016 – 32nd GWI Triennial Conference, Cape Town, South Africa

Advocacy:

1. CFUW has requested that letters be sent to provincial MPs requesting a change to Resolution #7, as submitted by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Physician Assisted Dying, allowing advance notice prior to diagnosis of a grievous or irremediable condition. Our club will be complying with this request.

Resolutions:

Thanks to Joan Stone’s efforts, an amendment was sent to the Resolution committee re: Resolution #3.

CFUW AGM:

Six members will attend the Conference in St. Catharine’s, Ontario. If you are interested in attending with the group or need information, please contact Leona.

Canada and the Pay Gap:

Oxfam Canada has issued a report “Making Women Count: The Unequal Economics of Women’s Work”, that explores the economics of why women make less in Canada and around the world. In Canada a woman working full-time, year-round, make $0.72 for every dollar men make. There is a need for renewed wage gap analysis and action, a national child-care system, and investment in social infrastructure. New policies are required, policies CFUW has been working since 1919!

 

CFUW National Mentorship Program (Pilot): 

CFUW has a mandate to support lifelong learning for women.  Women are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, mathematics. computer science (STEM) fields, and politics. CFUW has launched a cross-Canada Mentorship Pilot Program to match mentors in STEM and politics with mentees. Please contact Robin Jackson, Executive Director, 613-234-8252, ext. 102, cfuwed@rogers.com, for info. 

 

Child Care and other outstanding requests:  

Doris Mae Oulton met with Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu for the first meeting between the two offices in ten years. At this meeting CFUW discussed the need for a federally-funded child care system. The Minister’s response was encouraging, as was the Budget announcement, in which $500 million has been pledged to develop a National Early Learning and Childcare Framework with the provinces and territories. 3/4. Private Member’s Bills were discussed: 1. to amend the Criminal Code to include Non-State Actor Torture (Bill C-242) 2. to change the Employment Insurance Act to support women in non-traditional jobs (Bill C-243).5.  It was suggested that the Traditional Women’s Day on the Hill be re-started in 2016 – giving women’s organizations across Canada an opportunity to meet with Ministers to discuss policies.

 

APRIL, 2016

DEADLINE REMINDERS:

March 31- CFUW dues

March 31 – CFUW New Member Award

April 8 - GWI delegate selection

April 30 - IWD Project

May 1 - Special Project Award

May 1 - International Relations Award

May 1 - Small Club Grant

May 1 - Mentorship Award

This is a particularly busy time for our service organizations, as CFUW and IFUW/GWI prepare for the AGM and Triennial meetings, respectively. Four reports were mailed this month, which will be summarized in this report and which can be accessed for fuller details at the CFUW website. Some members had trouble accessing information. With much thanks for the deft and timely research by Muriel Aboul Atta, members now can easily access the facts. Thank you Muriel.

CFUW News:

IFUW/GWI membership -  Since the Feb. 19th CFUW bulletin, there has been much discussion about the St. Thomas, ON resolution to withdraw from membership in IFUW/GWI, both online and at our club’s CIA resolutions and the General meetings. To stay current on the discussion and to obtain further information, please access the website. This is an important decision and we need solid facts to determine just what is the best choice for our club and for CFUW. Myra Willis, Chair of the Articles and Bylaws Committee urges us to do our due diligence, suggesting members access the IFUW/GWIwebsite: ifuw/gwi.org directly. Once on, log on to Members Resources. Scroll to bottom of page. In the left-hand column, click on GWI Going Forward. This offers much information and opinion pieces. Myra included her email, mwilliscfuw@gmail.com, as she is making herself available for questions.

Proposed changes to the Draft Resolution process – The CFUW Resolutions committee wish to shorten the timeline. The following new deadlines have been proposed:

-        March 1- April 15 - Club amending process

-        April 15 - Amendments due to CFUW offices

-        April 15/16 - Proposers make final changes

-        May 15 - Final draft resolutions sent out by National Office

Urgent resolutions – suggested that this category be removed

New definition of Emergency category - a) to deal with time-sensitive issues requiring action within a year b) a simple majority vote will bring resolutions to the floor at the AGM for consideration; a 2/3 majority vote will be required to pass. Since the change requires amendments to the Articles and Bylaws, it is recommended the amendments be presented at the 2017 AGM.

Bill C-242 – CFUW has been advocating since 2011 to add Non-State Actor Torture to the Criminal Code. Feb. 26th, MP Peter Fragiskatos, ( London N Centre) presented a private members bill to amend the Criminal Code to include this. The next reading is in April. A template for an appeal to local MPs is on the website, should our club wish to encourage local MPs to support this bill.

Consultations with MPs – Some MPs are consulting with local women’s groups to report to the Status of Women, Canada. If there are issues important to our club and/or CFUW policy, four backgrounders are on the website: The CFUW Women’s Equality Brief (2015); CFUW Education Brief (2015); CFUW National Support for Bill C-242; and the 2016 Brief on Issues.

Women, Peace and Security – Feb. 24th, MP Helene LaVerdiere, tabled a motion at the Foreign Affairs and International Development Committee requesting the committee to conduct a study of the efforts of the Government of Canada to implement the UN Security Council’s resolution on Women, Peace and Security – a topic CFUW has long been advocating. CFUW lobbied members of the cttee. to adopt the motion. The fact that it passed Feb. 24th is a testament to how CFUW policy leads to advocacy, which in turn leads to action. Yes, indeed, our voices do matter, and make a difference.

ECOSOC - CFUW has ECOSOC status and is invited to attend the UN Council on the Status of Women (USCSW). ECOSOC is one of six principal organs of the UN system established by the UN in 1945. ECOSOC’s 2016 focus is the relationship to the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development and New Sustainable Development Goals. The aim is to wipe out poverty, fight inequality, and tackle climate change over the next 14 years. Its theme is “Implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Moving from Commitment to Results”. Delegates meet March 12-19 - a time to shine a light on women’s empowerment. A report by CFUW delegates will be shared on the website and at the AGM.

IFUW/GWI Triennial – If you plan to attend, Aug. 21-23, Cape Town, South Africa and if you wish to be considered as a CFUW delegate, applications are online. The 10 voting delegates and 10 alternates are expected to attend all business meetings and participate fully in all events. Please contact Cheryl Hayles prior to the April 8th deadline, at cherylhayles@sympatico.ca, if you have any questions.   

 

 MARCH, 2016   

DEADLINE REMINDERS:

Feb 15/16 - nominations for CFUW Board positions and Regional Directors

Feb. 19/16 – nominations for election to GWI board, committees or Assistant Treasurer, to voted upon at the Triennial conference

March 1/16- submission for CFUW Library Award of $4,000 to promote literacy & learning using imaginative approaches, while ensuring community engagement.

Mar. 8/16 – donations submitted for International Women’s Day project to be marked by GWI as an occasion to donate funds to the Salvadoran Feminist Collective for Local Development. 

Mar.31/16 - submission of amendments to CFUW proposed resolutions

May 1/16 - submission of amendments to the amendments to Articles and Bylaws. The correct form (Form 2) must be used and submitted on or before this date to

articleandbylawcommittee@gmail.com.  Form 2, along with the procedures, may be found in the CFUW Member Resource site, www.cfuwadmin.org.  (login: User name- viewonly; ID: cfuw4321).

June 14-17/16 – Missing and Marginalized Women’s Conference, Waterloo, ON

June 23-25/16 -  CFUW Conference and AGM, at Brock University, Ste. Catharines,ON

August 21-23/16 – GWI Assembly for members and Aug. 24-26( the public), Cape Town, South Africa.

STATISTICS CANADA

The CFUW website notified clubs about Statistics Canada’s new census and its support forcommunity support requests from the ministry to increase census participationand provide communities with quality data. Community Support Toolkits will be provided and there are jobs available for people wishing to work on the census from early March to late July. If you are interested in this, please contact Stephanie Palma at Stephanie.Palma@Canada.ca or at 613-697-2847. For more information about the program and how you may participate, please visit the Statistics Canada website.

CLIMATE CHANGE:

The Federal Government acted within 90 days after the COP21 Paris talks. The CFUW website has provided advocacy letters for clubs wishing to urge the government to continue such actions and to create supportive laws to mitigate climate change. Tailor made letters for each province are provided on the CFUW website, which can be amended to create a letter in “our” voice.

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO CFUW ARTICLES AND BYLAWS:

Motion 1:  Addition of Governance Committee to the list of Standing Committees

Proposer:  CFUW Board of Directors

Moved that: Governance be added to the list of Standing Committees in F.54

If adopted, the amended Bylaw would read: The following committees shall be designated Standing Committees of the Board: Advocacy, Articles and Bylaws, Education, Fellowships, Finance, Governance, International Relations, Nominations, and Resolutions.

Rationale                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Governance Committee of the Board of Directors was deemed serious enough for the operation and accountability of the Board that it was created as a Standing Committee in 2013.  This is the subsequent housekeeping change required for the Articles and Bylaws.

      Graduate Women International has proposed an increase in fees from its member university women’s clubs.

Motion 2:  Withdrawal of CFUW from Graduate Women International (GWI) formerly known as International Federation of University Women (IFUW) as a National Federation or Association (NFA) member

Proposer:  CFUW St. Thomas   

Moved that: In Canadian Federation of University Women Articles and Bylaws – Articles, strike out Article 4 - Membership in International Federation of University Women (IFUW).

Background Information

Along with England and the United States, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) was there at the beginning of the founding of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW or IFUW/GWI) 1919. Since then, CFUW has worked with the IFUW to pursue the shared goals of promoting lifelong education for girls, promoting international cooperation, advocating for the advancement of the status of women and girls, and encouraging women to apply their knowledge and leadership skills in their public and private lives. Our members are proud of that work and, as significant contributors to IFUW/GWI (in recent years as much as 40% of the IFUW/GWI budget), have continued to foster the growth of National Federations and Associations (NFAs) and IFUW/GWI for nearly 100 years.

At the 2013 IFUW Triennial, with the goal of addressing ongoing financial deficits, problems with unaffordable dues leading to loss of memberships of NFAs, and especially funding reliance on dues, necessitated reorganization of IFUW.   Even before IFUW leadership could address these issues, alarming financial information related to the untethering and resulting rise of the Swiss Franc led several NFA’s to worry about their ability to react to the significant impact on NFA budgets.  In the following year, it was hoped, that changes including new staff and programming and obtaining tax free status would increase revenue and decrease expenses. In 2014 a name change from IFUW was introduced, and in 2015 voted on and changed to Graduate Women International (GWI) in an effort to make the organization more marketable.

Commencing at the CFUW Annual General Meeting in June 2015, CFUW has embarked on a year-long study of its relationship with IFUW/GWI involving a large volume of ongoing correspondence including questions and answers, fact sheets, a discussion forum, opinion pieces and a webinar. These were communicated to the Canadian clubs via CFUW News and Updates. Because of the complexity of the opinions and sheer volume of information, many of the members in Canada are still unaware of the core issues surrounding the debate. Despite our long running partnership and a cooperation of almost 100 years, recent actions by the IFUW/GWI warrants the CFUW’s immediate withdrawal from GWI.

Rationale

Our amendment is based on the following:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           *Governance actions that abandon the IFUW/GWI constitution as well as democratic parliamentary procedures                                                                                                                                                                *Questionable financial accounting, poor fiscal planning for the future, and a lack of clarity and transparency in IFUW/GWI’s fundraising plans or finances                                                                                                  *Reliance on Canadian resources while failing to consult and provide respectful responses to questions or invitations *Providing marginal benefits to CFUW with no request for input other than for motions that are undemocratically overruled

***  Members are urged to reference the CFUW website for additional information on this issue, as it is complex, with many members supporting one or the other side of the proposed action.                                                                                                           

FEBRUARY, 2016

GRADUATE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL                                                                                    

             A webinar was held Jan. 12th to discuss GWI issues.

             Notice was given for deadline dates for elections at the Triennial conference, this year in Cape Town, South Africa, August 21-23 for members and 24-26 for the public. Those wishing to be elected or to nominate someone for a position on the GWI board, committees or as Assistant Treasurer may submit a bio and a passport-sized colour photo by Feb. 19, 2016. Job descriptions and committee terms of references are available on the GWI website, at the Members’ Corner. The final nominee list is posted late April. Travel grants at varying rates are available to attend scheduled meetings for those elected. Rules for elections and appointments can be found under the GWI Constitution and Bylaws.

Turkish University Women developed an advocacy plan to mobilize against child marriage for girls under the age of 18. Currently 1 in 3 girls is married before this. The number is expected to double in the next decade. Actions like an Istanbul street demonstration, meetings with politicians to enforce current legislation, largely ignored, and high visibility via all media hopefully will achieve results.

  A meeting held in Qingdao, China focused on the effective use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by teachers and students to provide greater access to information and to empower both. Girls will be encouraged to focus on studies in these areas.  

United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Violence Rashida Manjoo has stated that because there are no binding legal treaties to make violence against women illegal, this gaping hole in International law allows governments to ignore gender-based violence.

CFUW     

Deadline for submission of amendments to CFUW proposed resolutions is March 31, 2016

Deadline for nominations for CFUW Board positions and Regional Directors is Feb 15, 2016. Nomination      Forms and job descriptions are on the CFUW website.

Deadline for the CFUW Library Award of $4,000 is March 1, 2016.  This biennial award is to promote literacy & learning using new and imaginative approaches, while ensuring community engagement.

Donations will be gratefully received from Clubs and individual members for the International Women’s Day project. A $7,000 request to CFUW from the Salvadoran Feminist Collective for Local Development would help reinforce and build upon successes in their struggle to end violence towards women in El Salvador.  

ADVOCACY ISSUES

Physician Assisted Dying - A Dec. 14 Globe and Mail article was posted on the recommendations of the panel of experts advising provincial and territorial governments. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/physician-assisted-dying-should-be-publicly-funded-says-advisory-group/article27745700/

The Liberal Government has asked for a six-month extension to the Feb. 1 deadline, to study the issue completely and to create new laws. Recommendations from the committee include: uniform rules across the country, a list of safeguards and availability wherever a patient lives (home, nursing home or hospital).

Violence Against Women – Emerging from a month of awareness on Violence Against Women, we were urged to not forget that the problem continues year-round, all over the world. In fact, this is considered a global pandemic. The UN has created an effective Infographic that is posted.     CFUW Advocacy Coordinator, Maddie Webb would like to be informed about any activity in the club that has increased the level of club visibility in the community, to highlight effective strategies at theAGM.                                                 

ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND AGM FOR CFUW 2016 – will be held June 22-26 in St. Catharines, Ontario at Brock University.

DECEMBER, 2015   JANUARY, 2016

I. Continuation of and addition to the Prairie Gatheringheld in Regina in October

Susan Russell’s talk to the group included the following information on the International level:

 The IFUW/GWL Strategic Advocacy Goals have been developed with plans to have UN teams focusing on the IFUW/GWI mission, manifestos, position papers and policy updates. Additionally it is establishing collaboration partners, which will further increase the International standing and leverage of IFUW /GWI.

Eleven position papers were prepared, including Education for Indigenous Peoples (Canada),   Non-state Actor Torture and Prostitution of Women and Girls. Its goal is to reach 62 million girls in 20 years through programs such as: Girl’s Choice; Ready for Work; UN Mentor and STEM girls.

Continuing Projects are:

- Bina Roy for development projects focused on the IFUW/GWLmission

- Fellowships- three rounds per triennium

- Hegg Hoffet Fund – for Displaced Women. World Wide displacement of women is at the highest ever recorded.

 A challenge to achieving new goals is the lack of a history of fundraising, a critical component in the success of the programs.

II. Resolutions Updates

The adopted resolution at the 2015 AGM in Quebec City to save our pollinators and our environment via a moratorium on the use of Neonicotinoid pesticides , heavily used in farming,  was supported when the Ontario Superior Court upheld a ruling to dramatically reduce the use of these pesticides by farmers.  Farmers will comply by dramatically reducing the number of acres planted with corn and soybean seeds coated with a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, which are toxic to bees and birds. Neonicotinoids are already banned in Europe. Grain Farmers are considering their legal options. An outright ban in Canada would have to be issued by Health Canada.

 Physician Assisted Death: Excellent information is available to CFUW members in the November 2nd  Week in Review. An excellent one-hour documentary on the topic, hosted by British author Terry Pratchett can be accessed directly from the CFUW website.

 Climate Change: The CFUWnewsletter will be reporting weekly on developments in regards to Canadian and International policy on Climate Change, given the fact that there is a new government in Ottawa, which could put a new face on climate change policy in Canada and the United Nations Conference in Paris, Nov 30th , which hopes to achieve a binding and universal agreement on climate, from all the nations of the world.

lII. International Women’s Rights Issues

Read about: The first female President of Nepal, the increasing representation of female politicians in Australiaand the women involved in British unions on the CFUW website: www.cfuw.org

NOVEMBER, 2015

PRAIRIE GATHERING, Regina, SK

                                                                                                           Doris Mae Oulton   Sandy Millen (standing)   

                                                                                                               Janet Goldack   Leona MacDonald

                                                                                            at the CFUW Prairie Gathering in Regina, SK     Oct. 2-3, 2015

Friday, Oct. 2 – Delegates met at 7:00 pm over cookies and coffee and were welcomed by Bilkies McKen, VP Prairie Region, and Brenda Wallace, who presented a paper to each table: a quiz on CFUW with prizes for the winners.  This generated energy as all table participants shared information in order to get the “ right” answer. Our table was lucky as Doris Mae Oulton was a fount of knowledge. This short, but successful activity had the effect of“breaking the ice” by mixing people and igniting conversation.  

Saturday, Oct. 3 --Welcome addresses fromBilkies McKen and Doris Mae Oulton started the day. 

About 30 attended, as Regina club members arrived throughout the day.

The CFUW President then outlined the three initiatives of the Going Forward Plan:

1. Membership; 2. Resolutions;  3. IFUW/GWI

Bilkies McKen charged clubs to discuss future Prairie Gatherings with Boards as to when, where, and how often Prairie Clubs should meet, and requested suggestions for structure/governance.  

Membership: Dr. Madeline Kalbach, Calgary, discussed Membership with a Power Point presentation and accompanying notes. The Plan can be found on the CFUW website. See below.                                      

Regional Reports : Alberta Clubs represented were Calgary, Edmonton, and Lethbridge.

Saskatchewan was represented by Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. Manitoba was represented by the Winnipeg club with four attendees. 

IFUW/GWI: Susan Russell gave an IFUW/ GWI presentation describing a Virtuous Circle of Visibility, Activities/ Membership/Funding. Key Performance Indicators were developed to measure  success/ achievements and to measure Boards, committees and staff. New Technologies are being developed: re-branding, increased Webinars, user-friendly website links to access new Information, Skype meetings, and Press Release templates.  

The 32nd IFUW/GWI Triennial will be in Cape Town, South Africa, Aug. 21-26, 2016.

A Membership Panel closed the day with a discussion on recruitment of new members. 

About 12 attendees got to know each other a little better over dinner at the Hotel Saskatchewan, concluding the weekend in high spirits! 

For information on CFUW resolutions/ issues or actions, please go to the CFUW website:

www.cfuw.org

OCTOBER, 2015

Passing resolutions that move through our club and then CFUW are how we can change policies and legislation. If our club wishes to take any resolutions forward, they must be submitted by June 30, 2016, to be voted upon at the 2017 AGM. Resolutions may be presented via the Issues and Actions committee (See page 7) or to the Board. Resolution intents received this year by the June 30th deadline from various clubs  are:                                                                                                                            a) Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls-Ending the Marginalization of Indigenous Women in Canadian Society - CFUW Barrie and District                         b)  Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) - Diagnosis, Intervention and Support Plan for children, adults and families affected by FASD - CFUW Guelph and CFUWKitchener-Waterloo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          c) Electoral Reform: Adding Proportionality to the Electoral System in Canada - CFUW Leaside-East York and CFUW Etobicoke                                                                d) Ban on Hydraulic Fracking - CFUW Lethbridge and District                                                                                                                                                                                  e) Strengthen the Pest Management Regulatory Agency in order to Protect the Environment - CFUW Owen Sound and Area                                                                     f) A More Productive Way of Dealing with Resolutions- CFUW Salt SpringIsland                                                                                                                                              

The Prairie Regional Meeting will be held in Regina Oct. 2—4th. Several of our members will be attending and a full report will be presented next month.                      

Did you know that in the 2011 Federal Election only 38.8% of youth voters actually voted? To try to change this, CFUW Southport started a grass roots campaign to get young people voting in the community with the Ask Youth to Vote initiative. Join the CFUW Southport’s "Grandma Asked Me to JUST VOTE" campaign and urge the young people you know to vote.  We are also invited to participate in other Election activities. Please refer to the CFUW website.                                                          

Member Forum: CFUW and GWI (formerly IFUW) - Our Relationship. Each and every member is invited to share her thoughts and concerns around this partnership that has a long history beginning with CFUW as a founding member of GWI/ IFUW. Open any browser, Chrome/Internet Explorer/Firefox, and type in www.cfuwforum.org. Then click on the link to the Discussion forum. The first question to be discussed is: What does being a member of GWI mean to you? (See UWC member Muriel Smith's article above.)

SEPTEMBER, 2015

JUNE 18-21, 2015  ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN  QUEBEC CITY

                            CFUW : THE POWER OF WOMEN WORKING TOGETHER                                                                                                                                                               Dear Diary,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Six will attend the CFUW AGM and Conference in Quebec City:  Carolynne Presser, Sandy Millen, Ruth Suderman, Muriel Smith, Doris Mae Oulton (CFUW National President) and Leona MacDonald. As a first timer, an exciting time is anticipated.

June 17 – Left Montreal on Via Rail arriving in Quebec City at 4:30 pm. Ahead of me in the taxi lineup were two women, one wearing a pretty blue and white CFUW scarf- an immediate icebreaker.  We chatted in the very long line and eventually decided to share a cab to the Hotel Chateau Laurier (yes !, there’s one in QC, too.) Roommate Muriel Smith arrived around 8:30 pm and we caught up over a late dinner.                                                                                                                                                                                  

June 18 – arrived a day early to take advantage of an eight–hour tour of the city.  It was a teaser, as most participants felt that they just had to return, again.  At 4,  attended a reception for first-timers, followed by a cocktail party for all conference goers. Met with all six Manitobans over drinks, and for a small province, population-wise, we were well represented. Then it was out to dinner where we met with members from clubs all across Canada, as we shared excellent food and wine.                                                                                                    

June 19-Meetings began over a wonderful breakfast, followed by a talk by the Mayoress of Lac Megantic, who described the dreadful night the train rolled into and exploded in the town centre. Madame Laroche has been lauded for her clear headedness and the rapid problem solving done to help all in distress during this disastrous time – a compelling story. Educational workshops followed, in keeping with CFUW’s goal of continuing education. We could attend three workshops; two in the morning and one in the afternoon. I attended , “Our Aboriginal Sisters”, “Women’s Advancement in Society” and “ Building a Voice for Women”- all of which offered the latest information, trends and facts and were led by knowledgeable professionals in their field. At the final plenary meeting of the day, Ian Morrison of Friends of the Canadian Broadcasting spoke to us about concerns for our national radio/ TV stations and programming, that have arisen because of drastic funding cuts. The day closed with a dinner at the Chateau Frontenac, a treat everyone enjoyed-and the walk back to our hotel on a beautiful summer evening was just the ticket after a day sitting in meetings.                                                                                                                                                        

June 20-The AGM began Saturday morning, covering the usual AGM components. Doris Mae did a marvelous job of chairing the meeting with the help of various VPs. What a wonderful representative for our city and club she is!                                                                                                                                                                              

June 21 –8:30 – 12:00   Resolutions were voted upon:                                                                                                                                                                               Resolutions re: Amendments to CFUW Articles and Bylaws – Carried                                                                                                                                                                         Resolution 1 – Saving Our Pollinators and Our Environment: Moratorium on the use of Nicotinoid Pesticides, proposed by CFUW Edmonton.  Carried                         Resolution 2- Reducing Climate Change through the Use of Carbon Taxes, proposed by CFUW Victoria. Carried                                                                                               Emergency Resolution 1 - Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, proposed by CFUW Barrie and District – Did not carry. Was not considered an Emergency resolution, given the defined guidelines.                                                                                                                                                                                   Emergency Resolution 2 – Physician Assisted Death, proposed by CFUW Bellville and District. Carried.                                                                                                             Each resolution was accompanied by written background information and had full discussion, while following strict Parliamentary guidelines. For the purpose of this report, commentary is limited; however, please contact me should you wish a fuller report on any of the above resolutions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Next year’s Conference will be held in St. Catherine’s, Ontario at Brock University. I would recommend this to any member, as it is a satisfying learning experience. It was thoroughly enjoyable to attend the sessions with “our” Manitoba group. We had a good time and got to know each other a little bit more.                                          

And In closing, news has just been received about a Prairie Region Meeting in Regina in Oct. Will keep you posted.

                                                                                       MORE PICTURES BELOW!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                     

 


See some CFUW AGM  photos on  National President Doris Mae's page on this website. The CFUW website and Facebook give all the details about the 2015 AGM in Quebec City, June 18-21.

Centre is one of our Past Presidents, Muriel Smith, who attended the 2015 AGM in Quebec City. (Muriel has served as Deputy Premier of Manitoba and Minister of Business Development and Tourism.)    

Centre is one of our Past Presidents, Muriel Smith, who attended the 2015 AGM in Quebec City. (Muriel has served as Deputy Premier of Manitoba and Minister of Business Development and Tourism.)

 

 

CAROLYNNE PRESSER                                                          LEONA MACDONALD               DORIS MAE OULTON                 SANDY MILLEN                                      MURIEL SMITH                             RUTH SUDERMAN UWCW MEMBERS AT THE CFUW AGM 2015  QUEBEC CITY   JUNE, 2015

CAROLYNNE PRESSER                                                          LEONA MACDONALD               DORIS MAE OULTON                 SANDY MILLEN                                      MURIEL SMITH                             RUTH SUDERMAN

UWCW MEMBERS AT THE CFUW AGM 2015  QUEBEC CITY   JUNE, 2015

LOGO FOR THE CFUW'S AGM 2015  HELD IN QUEBEC CITY      

 

JUNE, 2015             CFUW   Leona MacDonald, Liaison  

Recently Doris Mae Oulton, National President of CFUW, gave a presentation on the current situation of IFUW which has officially changed its name to Graduate Women International.  CFUW is the largest member of the organization and was not in favour of the rushed process of the name change, citing lack of time for national organizations to canvass their members’ opinions.  During this coming year CFUW will evaluate its relationship with IFUW/GWI asking what  they do and how their money is spent.  CFUW  pays substantial dues ($168,000.00) and because of fluctuations in the Canadian dollar and the Swiss franc it is very difficult to budget. 

These issues will be discussed at the CFUW Annual General Meeting in Quebec City, June 19-21, 2015. 

At the Regional CFUW meeting held at 54 West Gate recently Pauline Chudzik, Treasurer of the CFUW Manitoba Council, presented a financial statement showing a bank balance of $910.26 as of May 2, 2015.  President Wilma Shirriff of CFUW Portage la Prairie and President Sandy Millen of UWC of Winnipeg presented reports of their clubs’ activities over the past year. 

Two new emergency resolutions were submitted for discussion at the CFUW AGM: 1)Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Barrie and District); 2)Physician Assisted Death (Belleville and District).  They were  included in the Agenda at our own AGM on May 25.

A new issue of The Communicator is now available posted on the bulletin board outside the Club office. Other CFUW publications are available in the binder on the bookcase in the Ralph Connor Room.

(Pat Elliott did this final report as Leona was already enroute to Quebec City)

SEPTEMBER, 2014

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (CFUW)

Pat  Elliott, CFUW Liaison   

For members of the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg the most important news at the moment is that UWC Winnipeg’s Doris Mae Oulton is the new National President of the Canadian Federation of University Women.  Congratulations and best wishes to Doris Mae.  We hope that you enjoy a satisfying, productive and creative tenure for the next two years. 

CFUW/FCFDU held its Annual General Meeting in Waterloo, Ontario in June 2014.  Information about the meeting and the resolutions passed is available in a special edition of the CFUW News in the Ralph Connor Room.  For the next while the CFUW News will be focusing on the goal of getting more women elected to public office in Canada as we proceed towards next year’s Federal election.  You will also hear first hand reports at our General Meeting on Mon. Sept. 29

Remember that all the information that CFUW issues in its various publications is to be found in the Ralph Connor Room or on the bulletin board outside the Club Administrator’s office.                               

OCTOBER, 2014                                                                                                                                                                    Pat  Elliott, CFUW Liaison

Twenty years ago in September 1994 the 4th World Conference on Women was held in Beijing and developed a women’s empowerment agenda known as the Beijing Platform for Action.  Since then various UN agencies have reviewed countries’ progress every 5 years and now, 20 years later, women’s rights organizations around the world are assessing progress or its absence in their countries.  CFUW and more than 30 other organizations are working on a report to examine the status of women in Canada and to develop tools to hold policy makers accountable for the Beijing Plan’s objectives.  This is especially important given the upcoming Federal election.

October is Women’s History Month in Canada and this year’s theme is Business Women- A Growing Economic Force.

In November the Fort Garry Hotel will host the ChildCare 2020 Conference from November 13-15, 2014 with keynote speaker Stephen Lewis.  In our newly launched book The First Women of 54 West Gate the article on Gretta Brown describes her long efforts to establish child care organizations in Winnipeg so this topic should be of special interest to us. (see page8)

 Many CFUW publications carry items of national and international news about women in Canada and around the world with computer links to the full articles that are cited.  If you wish to receive these publications yourself go to memberservices@CFUW.org.

The resolutions passed at this year’s CFUW AGM in Waterloo are posted on the bulletin board outside the office.  The next CFUW AGM will be held from June 18-21, 2015 in Quebec City.  Details will follow.    As always CFUW information is to be found on the bulletin board or in the binder in the Ralph Connor  Room.

The International Federation of University Women is preparing for its 100th Anniversary celebrations in 2019 and is looking for bibliographic and archival materials to prepare club histories.  If you have any such material please bring it to the club.

NOVEMBER, 2014    

CFUW LIAISON   Pat Elliott

On Monday, October 20th, the Winnipeg Free Press published an article by member Doris Mae Oulton, CFUW National President, discussing the Federal Government’s  proposed bill on prostitution.  A copy of the article is posted on the bulletin board outside the Club Administration office.                                                                                         News from CFUW:                                                                                                                                                                                      

A Caribbean Cruise tour is being organized for CFUW members in April 2015.  If you are  interested contact Betty Dunlop, Fellowships Program Manager, by e-mail: fellowships@cfuw.org or by toll-free telephone    1.888.220.9606.                                                                                                                                                                                     Up for Debate:  a new Alliance for Women’s Rights has launched a campaign relating to the 2015 Federal elections.  Their program “Up for Debate” calls on all political party leaders to participate in a televised debate on issues identified by women and to make meaningful commitments on changing women’s lives for the better.  For more information contact Tara Fischer,  Advocacy Coordinator, at advocacy@fcfdu.org.                                                                                                                                                     “It’s On Us”  is the title of a new White House Public Service Announcement featuring Daniel Craig, Jon Hamm, Kerry Washington and many other public figures designed to stop sexual assault on college campuses.  The campaign’s intention is to better engage men in this effort.                                                                                                             On October 4th Canadians across the country gathered for Sisters in Spirit Vigils to honour missing and murdered aboriginal women.  Doris Mae Oulton and CFUW Ottawa members attended the vigil in Ottawa.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Malala Yousafzai, co-winner (and youngest winner) of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, is to be awarded honorary Canadian citizenship .                                                                   “Educate women and their community will prosper.  Deny them education and the world will suffer.”  This is the heading of an article in The Guardian newspaper detailing the economic development benefits of education for girls and women. 

 

FEBRUARY, 2015

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (CFUW)

Pat  Elliott, CFUW Liaison 

              We have received two resolution proposals to be discussed at the CFUW AGM in Quebec City in June 2015.  From the Edmonton CFUW: Saving our Pollinators and our Environment: Moratorium on the Use of Neonicotinoid Pesticides; and from CFUW Victoria: Reducing Climate Change through the Use of Carbon Taxes.  Copies of the resolutions are available on the CFUW shelf in the Ralph Connor Room or online at www.cfuwadmin.org.

CFUW has published a list of Tools for Action in anticipation of the upcoming federal election. CFUW and other organizations have founded the Up for Debate campaign and the Alliance for Women’s Rights.  Suggestions for action are: planning an event for International Women’s Day (March 8th); attending a political party event in your community to assess candidates’ views on issues important to women; and planning to host an All Candidates debate once an election is called.

**The International Federation of University Women (IFUW) is proposing to change its name to Graduate Women International and has launched a survey for members of clubs to express opinions on the proposal.  Their deadline to vote on the proposal is March 15, 2015.  CFUW considers this too early a date to finalize such a decision and, with the support of national clubs from Mexico, Pakistan, Britain, India and Greece has introduced a motion to postpone the vote to September 30, 2015.

All information from CFUW can be found in the CFUW binder in the Ralph Connor Room or on the bulletin board outside the Club Administrator’s office.

 

 **IFUW Name Change Debate and the CFUW Constitutional Appeal:  

Feb. 11, 2015 item by Doris Mae Oulton, National President, CFUW

The gist of Doris Mae’s item in a communiqué from CFUW/FCFDU

  • The recognition by the IFUW Board that a more modern and descriptive name may help the organisation to attract contemporary women graduates

  • The need to select a "brand" for IFUW before we start marketing the next conference, and stick with that brand until it is well established

  • The need to be able to change the constitution between triennial meetings to ensure that the Board and IFUW Office can implement changes required to move the organisation to a position where it can become sustainable and flourish

  • The ability to project, to the world, a strong, modern organisation that is able to meet the needs of a modern society in which communication is ever present, and the competition is increasingly sophisticated, connected and in tune with what the world wants and needs.

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MARCH, 2015              CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (CFUW)                                                 Pat Elliott, Liaison

      The major topic of interest and discussion within CFUW for the last couple of months has been the proposal by the IFUW to change its name to Graduate Women International.  This proposal appears not to be supported by the majority of national university women’s clubs around the world and the voting process seems to be unnecessarily hurried.  Equally disturbing is the apparent disregard of IFUW’s own constitutional procedures for any major change of this kind.  In the February 11, 2015 issue of CFUW’s Newsletter there is a long explanation of these issues by CFUW’s National President Doris Mae Oulton (see also below) and an equally long letter by Catherine Bell, president of IFUW.  To read these letters look in the CFUW binder in the Ralph Connor Room. 

Our Current Issues and Actions Committee has reviewed the two Resolutions to be presented at the CFUW AGM in Quebec City this summer.  It was decided that no suggestions for amendments were necessary.  Copies of the full texts of the Resolutions can be found in the Ralph Connor Room.

In addition to the IFUW issues discussed in recent newsletters there are also excerpts of articles on subjects of interest to women such as international human rights laws to prevent violence against indigenous women and a proposal by two Grade 8 girls in Ontario to update the schools’ sex education program by adding the subject of consent.  If you read the CFUW publications on-line there are links to the full articles. 

                                     To receive these publications go to memberservices@cfuw.org.

Don’t forget March 8 is International Women’s Day. 

 

APRIL, 2015             CFUW    Pat Elliott, Liaison

           The CFUW-FCFDU Annual General Meeting will take place in Quebec City, Quebec from June 18-21, 2015.  Register before June 9th to receive the early bird  discount fee on the registration fee. To register and receive information on agenda, hotels, and tour opportunities go to: https://www.proreg.ca/events/cfuw/2015/welcome.php.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

          The theme of this year’s AGM is “ River and tides, women on the move”.  CFUW is almost 100 years old (1919-2019) and as part of its anniversary celebrations is looking for a qualified researcher/writer to write CFUW’s history in the context of Canadian social history.  See the March 5th issue of CFUW News and Updates (in the CFUW binder in the Ralph Connor Room) to get the details on applying for this project.                                                                                                                                                           

           The IFUW has completed its procedure (electronically) to permit electronic voting to change its constitution between triennial general meetings.  68.9% of respondents voted in favour of this proposal.  Another constitutional change will shortly be required to modify the organization’s  dissolution clause in order to obtain tax exemption by meeting the requirements of Swiss Law and Swiss Tax Law.  Details available in the aforementioned March 5th issue.                                                                                    

            With a federal election coming within the next few months CFUW is pressing for a televised debate among all party leaders on issues of concern to women.  Women make up over half the electorate but the last time such a debate occurred was 30 years ago.  Leaders of the NDP and Green Party have already agreed to participate but no reply has yet come from the Liberal, Conservative and Bloc Québécois parties.  CFUW is running the Up for Debate campaign to promote the debate on women’s rights. 

            To sign the associated petition go to : https://www.change.org/p/federal-party-leaders-join-an-election-debate-that-speaks-to-women.                                                  

           Other topics that have been discussed in recent CFUW publications: the roundtable  discussions on missing and murdered aboriginal women; the Quebec judge who refused to hear the case of a woman wearing a hijab; should Ottawa be taxing products that women need during their menstrual periods?

            All CFUW publications are filed in the CFUW binder on the bookcase in the Ralph Connor Room or are posted on the bulletin board outside the office.

 

MAY, 2015

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN (CFUW)

Pat  Elliott, CFUW Liaison                                                                                            

Early Bird Registration ($465) for the CFUW AGM and Conference in Quebec City ends on May 18, 2015. After this date the cost of the  AGM and Conference goes up ($500). So make sure to register soon. FINAL date for registration is June 9.  Complete information is available on he CFUW website about the workshops, speakers, the 9 tours, etc. held from June 18-21, 2015.  http://www.cfuw.org/  

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SPRING REGIONAL CFUW MEETING            SATURDAY, MAY 2   10:00

We are all members of CFUW as part of our membership in the University Women’s Club of Winnipeg.  Manitoba’s Regional Director, Fran Myles of Portage la Prairie, has invited us to a CFUW Regional meeting on May 2, 2015.  The meeting will take place at Ralph Connor House (our Club House) beginning at 10 am.  The cost is $20 which includes tea, coffee, muffins and a light lunch.  There is a program organized for the first part of the afternoon.  All members of UWC are invited.  There is a sign up sheet in the book for your convenience and to indicate numbers attending.

 

                                                                                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

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