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

 
Campaign Challenges Political Leaders to Take Women's Rights Seriously in 2015 Election - November-04-14
CFUW is proud to share with you that today, alongside over 100 women’s organizations and their allies, the launch of Up for Debate - a campaign calling on all federal political parties to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and around the world. Visit the campaign website for more information.
 
Women Pursuing Master’s or Doctorate Degrees Can Apply Now for CFUW Fellowships and Awards - October-17-14
We are now accepting applications from women pursuing Master’s or Doctorate degrees for the 2015-2016 fellowships and awards competition; the deadline to submit applications is November 7, 2014, extended from November 1, 2014.

 

There is $84,500 available through 11 different categories of awards for women studying in a range of disciplines. Read more or apply now.

 
Camino Trek Raises over $17,000 for Women’s Postgraduate Awards - September-26-14
Susan Murphy, immediate Past President of CFUW, and her friend Monika Oepkes just completed a 22 day trek of  500 kilometres on the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain, raising over $17,000 for the CFUW Charitable Trust. Leading up to the 100th Anniversary of CFUW in 2019, the Trust will be raising $100,000 to help increase the number of National fellowships and awards that will be offered in that year. Read more on our blog.
 
CFUW Calls for Action to Address Growth in Low Literacy among Canadians - September-08-14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
National Initiative on Violence against Women - June-22-14
At the 2014 CFUW Annual General Meeting, CFUW announced the results of its 2013/2014 National Initiative on Violence against Women and Girls. The CFUW National President Susan Murphy invited Clubs across Canada to participate in the initiative at last year's Annual General Meeting. Members across the country took up the President’s challenge and  over half of the Federation’s 107 Clubs responded with a wide variety of projects in their communities.  We are happy to announce that we will continue to expand on the initiative in 2014/2015. Read the press release on our blog.
 

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