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  • 27 Mar 2021 2:50 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Thank you for supporting CFUWs WALK TO KABUL Advocacy Campaign.

    Since Canada and its allies can influence the present peace negotiations, your concern for Afghan women should be directed to the government. To do so, send this Postcard to parliamentarians listed in the instructions. To show you are Canadian, fill in your full name and address. Send as many postcards as you like, even one from each city the Walk reaches!

    The postcard can be sent by mail or electronically. Press Instructions for further information.  

  • 15 Mar 2021 5:19 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)



    Afghan Peace Negotiations: Their Perilous Significance for Women in Afghanistan



    March 8 to April 24, 2021


    Suggested Launch of Walk: International Women’s Day, March 8th 

    Click here for background and more information.

    it is suggested two-five members stand on a local bridge with appropriate signs and have a picture taken for local press and our newsletter.

    Walking to Kabul - 

    for anyone or group who counts kilometers on foot, skis, or skates.

    Starting on March 8, you can sign up for the Walk and we will track your group or your own kilometres travelled to make up a total on this Virtual Walk.  The Netherlands NFA will also be participating, along with current and past members of our diplomatic conversation groups.

    Note: 1 kilometre is approximately equal to 1,250 walking steps...Ü...Ü...Ü

    The end of the Walk is April 24 when everyone is invited to a Webinar where Afghan women with close ties to the Afghan peace table will talk.  Speakers are Dr. Sima Samar, activist and physician, former head of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Habiba Sarabi, one of only four women on the 42 member peace negotiating team, and Mary Akrima, Afghan Women’s Network.

    Travel with members from around the world as we combine our kilometres on our way to Kabul from Ottawa. Travel routes, photos and  reports will be shared regularly.

    For General Information:  (CFUW-Ottawa) 

    We have created a members only Facebook Page just for this event.

    Please join us and feel free to post photos and add your comments of encouragement.


    Feel free to use the following hashtags in your social media:


    #ChooseToChallenge   #AfghanWomensRights   #AfghanPeaceTalks


    Here is the link to the Facebook page:

    Click here for a compilation of the 13 travelogues prepared along our journey. 

  • 10 Mar 2021 11:10 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation, GWI 201 from International Women's Day March 8, 2021.

    Click here to view the Globe & Mail video - Robin Doolittle - The Power Gap between Men and Women.

    The recording of the presentation is available to members in the Member Only section under the Presentations on GWI in relation to CFUW.

  • 01 Feb 2021 11:19 AM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    Click here to view an updated version of the PowerPoint presentation developed by CFUW-Ottawa to help inform CFUW members about GWI and our relationship to it. The original version was used in a CFUW-Ottawa ZOOM meeting on January 26, 2021.

    Click here to view GWI - 2020 Year at a Glance.

  • 11 Jun 2020 6:46 PM | Meghan Callman (Administrator)

    Club Action Newsletter

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    Post GWI Up Close Town Hall Documentation
    from May 25, 2020

    This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 


    The documentation included in this Club Action News is a record of the presentations of May 25th, 2020 plus information on issues requested by the membership since then. To summarize the seven documents:
    CFUW Power Point Slides of the Town Hall; This is the CFUW section of the May 25th Town Hall and the agenda including the Bios of GWI speakers.. The GWI presentations are listed only as an agenda item.

    GWI Up Close Post CFUW Town Hall documentation.
    This includes a Q and A.

    GWI Up Close General Information has the GWI presentations given at the Town Hall.
    Advocacy. This includes Bina Roy, fundraising, fellowships and grants, Hegg Hoffat, Teachers for Rural Development and major achievements since 2016.
    Bina Roy Partners in Development: Includes selected projects to empower women and girls through education and leadership development with details of the 2019 winning projects in The Congo, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Mexico and Turkey.
    Circular 8 GWI Executive Board job descriptions.
    A  listing of GWI webinars.

    GWI Gender and Art Webinar: Prejudices and Satisfactions in a Woman’s Artistic Creation 

    See the message below for information on the GWI Gender and Art Webinar:

    "Dear Canadian friends,

    I hope you are well and healthy. I am sending you this mail, to  let you know that I was asked by GWI to participate in the series  of webinars 2020. So, I am glad to invite you to join me in the adventure of my art jorney.  I hope to count with your presence on June 11 4-5pm CEST, in which I will talk about the satisfactions and chalenges I have had during these past 40 years. 
    The link to register is:"

    Glenda Hecksher
    Vicepresidenta de Asuntos Internacionales

    CFUW Mediation Virtual Town Hall
    Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EDT

    Please note that the Mediation Working Group has asked for some additional time to complete its deliberations. In view of this development, the Mediation Town Hall will now take place on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. EDT. Dr. Rebecca Bromwich and members of the Working Group will present the report and there will be a question and answer session following their presentation. The meeting will be one hour in length.

    To register for the Town Hall, please do so using the information below. If you require any assistance please e-mail Rachel at
    “You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
    When: Jun 11, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Register in advance for this meeting:
    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.”

  • 19 Apr 2020 1:08 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    As we search for ways to connect during these uncertain times, modern technology can be of help. The explosive growth in the use of ZOOM is evidence of that, and the software continues to be updated to address the rapid growth and security concerns. Whether you are new to ZOOM or you have been using it for a while, click here to access current instructions on how to download, update, participate in and set up a ZOOM call. Save these instructions for future use and you are welcome to share them with friends and family.

  • 19 Apr 2020 1:01 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    The National Office has sent out the formal notice of the CFUW AGM, which will be held online June 19-20, 2020. Click here for details.

  • 24 Feb 2020 11:19 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    If you are interested in attending the CFUW Ontario Council AGM and Conference May 22-23 in Barrie Ontario click here for the registration form.

  • 17 Feb 2020 6:04 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)
    Club Action Newsletter
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    Proposed Resolutions - AGM 2020

    February 14, 2020

    The proposed resolutions for consideration at the CFUW Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held next June 18 - 20, 2020 in Ottawa, are now available! 

    You can link to the proposed resolutions here or go to the membership website here.

    Reminder: Amendments Guidelines
    Amendments should be designed to make a better resolution.The Amendment Form may be completed and returned to the resolution's designated email address as attachments.

    Please save your document in a word format and indicate in the title of the document the number of the resolution and the name of your club.
    Access the Amendment Form HereForm ENFormulaire FR

    Deadline for receipt of amendments is April 15.
    No PDF documents can be considered.

    Designated Email Information:

    Resolution 1: Canada Health Act and Common Application of Medically Necessary Services

    Resolution 2: Payday Loans

    Resolution 3: Achieving the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action

    Resolution 4: Climate Emergency – Declarations and Action Plans

    Resolution 5: Protecting Children from Exposure and Access to Pornography and Sexual Violence on the Internet

    Resolution 6: Enforcement of the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act

    For any questions about the resolutions process please contact, Teresa Habs, Chair of the Resolutions Committee at or the National Office at

  • 10 Oct 2019 7:27 PM | Barbara Newbegin (Administrator)

    At the October 7, 2019 General Meeting of CFUW-Ottawa Hally Siddons, one of our club members, who attended the GWI Triennial and Centenary Celebration, made a presentation about the gathering. click here to see her PowerPoint notes.

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