News and Announcements
CFUW Joins Canadian Civil Society Organizations in Calling for Access to Information Law Reform
The Canadian Federation of University Women joined over 50 Canadian civil society organisations and citizens sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on April 4t, asking him to renew the commitment of his government to reform Canada’s woefully outdated Access to Information Act. Notwithstanding strong pledges to amend the Act during the election campaign and afterwards, including in its 2016-2018 Open Government Partnership (OGP) action plan, the government announced two weeks ago that it was delaying the promised reforms. The letter calls on the government to make a clear and formal commitment to move forward with the reform process and to pass amendments at the very latest by the end of 2018. 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.