News and Announcements

  • 14 Apr 2015 3:30 PM | Anonymous member

    The CFUW Ontario Council AGM and Conference will take place in Ottawa May 29th and 30th, 2015. 

    Reminder - click here

    Brochure - click here

    Registration form - click here

    Keynote Speakers - click here

    Flyer - click here

  • 13 Apr 2015 9:26 PM | Anonymous member

    CRIAW stands for the "Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women."  CFUW-Ottawa is pleased to announce that we will participate in a non-partisan focus group to brainstorm issues that are of concern to women. Groups will be facilitated by CRIAW researchers from Ottawa University. Information that is collected will be shared with political parties, and candidates as well as bureaucrats at all levels of government. If you are interested in this event it is very important that you click here for more information. Included in this information is how to register. You must register for this event by May 12. A light supper is included.

    DATE: Wednesday May 20th
    Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Riverside United/Church or the Resurrection Anglican, 3191 Riverside Dr.

  • 06 Feb 2015 11:11 AM | Anonymous member

    The new " International" Study and Interest group will have it's first meeting take place on February 17th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For details on location please e-mail

  • 04 Jan 2015 6:56 PM | Anonymous member

    The Elizabeth Fry Society has sent a sincere thank you to our members for our  donations of gifts, household items etc. for  the residents of Norwood House. This thank you letter can be viewed here.

  • 30 Nov 2014 10:54 AM | Anonymous member

    Looking for a book club? The newly formed Literature Study Group VII welcomes members to join. Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Titles selected so far are diverse with an interesting mix of new and older titles. For more information send a note to:

  • 30 Nov 2014 10:49 AM | Anonymous member

    Members have requested reinstating the study group International Studies. This group used to meet monthly, discussed a variety of topics and hosted very interesting speakers. Expressions of interest are very welcome. Email

  • 19 Nov 2014 7:18 PM | Anonymous member

    CFUW is one of the many women's organizations who are members of " Up for Debate", an all party campaign to address women's issues in the upcoming election. Below is the link to the latest  "Up for Debate" news release:

  • 02 Oct 2014 1:42 PM | Anonymous member
    Please take a moment to read the information below . After, please vote for Dr. Samar.
    1. Dr. Sima Samar has just been nominated for the Human Rights Tulip, an award of 100,000E offered by the Dutch Government. Not only does the award bring money but also recognition of the work being done.
    2. She is one of several competing for the award.
    3. Voting opened yesterday and continues to October 10.
    4. Dr. Samar would like to win the prize to pay for the land for her school, Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education in Kabul.
    5. Gawharshad is co-ed! Its academic programme and its many other campus activities have been designed to train a future generation of leaders and professionals that are committed to the fundamental principles of human rights, womens' rights and democracy. It strives to deliver education relevant to the socio-economic needs of the country.
    6. Gawharshad started in 2010 with 120 students and this year has 1564. The first graduates this fall include ten of "our girls".
    7. The survival and expansion of Gawharshad are reflections of the society's positive response to the vision of Gawharshad.
    How can you help?
    1. Please take a moment and right now scroll down below to vote.
    2. Take another minute to think about 5 people you could send this on to asking the same things - to vote themselves and to send on to their networks.
    Yesterday, Dr. Samar had 192 votes. Today, she has 476 votes. People are voting and we thank everyone.
    Vote now at /  Follow the leads and click on Dr. Samar's name and picture in the list. Once you've voted, you'll receive a verification email with a link to confirm your vote. If you don't receive this email, please check your junk .

  • 16 Sep 2014 7:00 PM | Anonymous member

    Speaker: Dr. Andrew Frank, Director of the Memory Loss Clinic, Bruyère Hospital, in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Society  of Eastern Ontario

    Location: Rideau Park United Church , 2203 Alta Vista Drive k1H 7L9
    (at the corner of Cunningham Ave.)

    Please contact Sheila McKay at 613-680-5657, if you wish to attend. An RSVP is needed for the purpose of planning seating.

  • 05 Jul 2014 1:33 PM | Anonymous member

    This article appeared in the Ottawa Citizen " The Upbeat" July 5th.
    By Dianne Rummery and Alison Hobbs ( members of UWHAW)

    Physician and human rights activist Dr. Sima Samar was the guest of honour at “Voices of Afghanistan,” a reception held June 18 at the home of Hugh and Hally Siddons to raise scholarship funds for the Gawharshad Institute for Higher Education in Kabul. Hally leads a study group of the Canadian Federation of University Women in Ottawa that has been contributing to these essential scholarships for four years, organizing a Musical Lunch each April at the NAC as well as this annual garden party.
    Dr. Sima Samar, left, with former foreign affairs minister Flora MacDonald and Afghan Ambassador Sham Lall Bathija at garden party fundraiser.
    Gawharshad prepares young men and women, studying as equals in a spirit of tolerance and dedication, to take a leadership role in a future Afghanistan.
    Dr. Samar’s long term vision is one of equality for all. She told her audience at the reception that every child has the right to live with dignity, explaining that empowerment means having the right to decide one’s destiny, to have control over what to wear, what to do, what to be and how many children to have.
    Gawharshad’s Empowerment Centre chooses girls from deprived backgrounds and gives them an opportunity for further education in political science, law, engineering or economics. These girls are highly motivated because they have surmounted enormous cultural and financial barriers to complete their high school education. As a result, more than 30 per cent of Gawharshad students are women. Students from all regions and ethnic groups attend the institute and, unusually, the classes are coed.
    Dr. Samar not only founded the Gawharshad Institute but is also chair of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission. She spent many years developing schools and clinics in Pakistani camps where so many Afghans sought refuge, and in Afghanistan itself. She longs for Afghan women to know and demand their rights, to take a role in the running of the country and to be at the peace table. Among many honours and awards, Dr. Samar is an Honorary Officer of the Order of Canada, holds an honorary doctorate from Carleton University and has been a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.
    The participation at the reception of Sham Lall Bathija, the recently appointed Afghanistan ambassador to Canada, along with Laila Ayan, first secretary at the embassy, Flora MacDonald, former minister for Foreign Affairs, who continues to work for humanitarian causes in Afghanistan, and William Crosbie, former Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan, was warmly appreciated by Dr. Samar and her Canadian friends and supporters. Several young Afghans or students with connections to Afghanistan attended as well.
    Besides wine and gourmet treats among the roses, guests bid for a weekend at the Claremount Inn and Spa in Prince Edward County and an Afghan inspired print in a silent auction. Afghan girls learn exquisite embroidery and examples of their work were also for sale. Guests were treated to henna hand painting by two Ridgemont High School students who had collected funds to present to Dr. Samar.
    Born in Canada, these girls share an Afghan heritage and know the barriers to education for Afghan girls. Freshta Mohseni and Sahar Amedi have baked and sold cupcakes, painted hands for donations and prepared an Afghan meal for 80 teachers, all to raise funds for their counterparts in Afghanistan.
    Although this was a brief private visit, Dr. Samar also met with staff at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and spoke at the University of Ottawa


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