News and Announcements
CFUW Joins Canadian Women’s Organizations to Condemn Global Gag Rule
In a joint public statement issued January 25, 2017, the Canadian Federation of University Women joined organizations across Canada to condemn the Global Gag Rule enacted by President Trump in his first days in office. The Global Gag Rule prohibits foreign NGOs from receiving US assistance related to family planning and reproductive health. This reduces women’s access to reproductive health services such as counseling, referrals, abortion services and information, and causes real and serious harm. You can read the statement here.
CFUW Responds to the 2017 Federal Budget
On Wednesday March 22, 2017, Trudeau’s government unveiled its second federal budget, which included a much anticipated gender-based analysis. Investments in social infrastructure and affordable housing and commitments to childcare and continuing education were some of the cornerstones of this budget and mark a welcomed step towards addressing gender inequalities in Canada. CFUW remains committed to working with the Government to further the advances made in this gender-based analysis budget. Read full press release here.
CFUW delegation returns from a successful week at UN CSW 61
CFUW sent a delegation of 20 members to attend the 61st United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York last week. For two week in March every year, organizations from around the world converge on New York City to attend the Commission. States and organizations host events and share the work they have been doing on women’s equality.
This year, CFUW hosted a Parallel Event at the Armenian Cultural Centre on March 16th. Four speakers, including two CFUW Vice Presidents and representatives from the YWCA, discussed women, mentorship and the changing world of work. You can see the poster for the event here. In addition, CFUW was given the opportunity to make an oral statement. Due to unforeseen weather conditions, the oral statement was delayed until the second week. As our delegates had departed, a close colleague from OECTA, delivered it on our behalf. Read our oral statement here.