News and Announcements

  • 20 Feb 2013 11:54 AM | Deleted user

    CARP is offering CFUW members a special rate for Membership, including a subscription to Zoomer magazine!

    To learn more about CARP, please click here.   

    CARP is a national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to advocating for a New Vision of Aging for Canada, promoting social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from age discrimination. CARP seeks to ensure that the marketplace serves the needs and expectations of Canadians as they age and provides value-added benefits, products and services to its members. CARP is dedicated to building a sense of community and shared values among its members in support of CARP’s mission.

    If you are interested in joining, please click here, and choose “Canadian Federation of University of Women” from the drop down menu on the right ("Choose Your Group"). Alternatively, you can call 1-800-363-9736 and quote “GDCFUW” to access your discounted rate.

  • 08 Jan 2013 9:29 AM | Deleted user

    The CFUW Ontario Council has once again recognized the advocacy efforts of our club by naming it for a Powerhouse Award.  Following are the activities specifically mentioned for acclaim: for its work with HIPPY (Home Instruction for Pre-School Youngsters); its continuing work to raise awareness about women and Afghanistan – the 2010 National CFUW AGM, its Afghan Study Group; its annual International Women’s Day conferences with other CFUW clubs and Ottawa Council of Women; its Environmental and Toxins Study Group that publishes a monthly column for the newsletter; its resolutions (three national and one proposed for 2013); its newsletter with monthly articles on issues.


    Fran Harding

    VP Communications

  • 06 Dec 2012 10:07 AM | Deleted user

    Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the
    Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested organizations to adopt 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

    When the General Assembly adopted the Declaration, with 48 states in favor and eight abstentions, it was proclaimed as a "common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations", towards which individuals and societies should "strive by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance". Although the Declaration with its broad range of political, civil, social, cultural and economic rights is not a binding document, it inspired more than 60 human rights instruments which together constitute an international standard of human rights. Today the general consent of all United Nations Member States on the basic Human Rights laid down in the Declaration makes it even stronger and emphasizes the relevance of Human Rights in our daily lives.

    CFUW believes that education is a right as asserted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN - 1948) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (UN - 1966). We seek to strengthen equitable access to education on a national and global level by advocating for the removal of social, economic, and political barriers to education for all people. Over the years our advocacy efforts have focused on a wide range of educational concerns, such as: early learning and childcare, first nations education, gender balanced curricula, civic education, post-secondary education, English/French as a Second Language services, resources and supports for students with disabilities.

    Fran Harding
    VP Communications

  • 23 Nov 2012 11:32 AM | Deleted user

    CFUW has become a far more inclusive organization with the admission of women who do not hold degrees.  In a an excellent article, Susan Murphy, our National President,  describes the benefits to our organization of opening up our doors to a more diverse community of women.  The Ontario East Fall Gathering, which many of our members attended, is also highlighted.  To read more see

  • 26 May 2012 11:31 AM | Charlotte Rigby
    These six resolutions will be proposed at the AGM in Victoria.  They were submitted to the Clubs for review in February, and have been amended in response to the clubs' responses. Those that are approved at the AGM will become CFUW  policy. To view the proposed resolutions and background infoprmation, click  here:  cfuw resolutions 2012.pdf    
  • 17 Apr 2012 8:03 PM | Mary Butterill

    The CFUW Constitution and By-Laws Committee has completed the April 2012 Draft of the document for the 2012 AGM. It is available in both English and French.


    Click here  for more information.

  • 21 Mar 2012 10:26 AM | Mary Butterill
    In response to inquiries about the new CFUW website, CFUW provides a quick overview and some clarifications on how to use and navigate the site. Click here to read it. 
  • 04 Feb 2012 8:26 AM | Charlotte Rigby
    2012 CFUW Draft Resolutions



    An explanation of the CFUW Resolutions Process is found on this website under Resolutions.


    On February 2, 2012 six proposed resolutions were sent to all CFUW clubs for review. See Proposed_resolutions_booklet_for_amendments.pdf for the full text of all six resolutions, together with instructions for the review process. The proposed resolution for this year:

    1. Retention of Women in Skilled Trades and Non-Traditional Occupations (CFUW Barrie & District, Ont.)

    2. The Inclusion of Women and Gender Sensitive Approaches in Efforts to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change (CFUW Halifax, N.S.)

    3. Moratorium on the Construction of Industrial Wind Turbine Developments (CFUW Kincardine, Ont.)

    4. Toward a Mental Health Strategy For Canada (CFUW Oakville, Ont.)

    5. Full Accessibility and Barrier-free Environments for People with Disabilities (CFUW Ottawa, Ont.)

    6. Ensuring Food Security in Canada (CFUW Richmond, B.C.)

    Every CFUW club is asked review each resolution and send their recommendations (acceptance, amendments, or even rejection) to the National Resolutions Committee by May 1. The authors of the resolution will then consider the recommendations and finalize their resolution for submission to the CFUW AGM in Victoria in June.


    For CFUW-Ottawa:


    We'll need a ad hoc review committee for each Resolution. Each committee will present their recommendations at our annual "Resolutions" General meeting on Monday, April 2 for our members to vote and decide on CFUW-Ottawa's response.


    If a Resolution topic interests you and if you'd like to learn more about the issue, to share your expertise and experience, and to contribute to CFUW advocacy for solutions - please consider joining fellow members on a review committee. Committees will meet during February and March to prepare their recommendations.


    Those of us who have contributed to these discussions and reviews in past years have found them to be a rewarding way to participate in one of CFUW's most important functions and to get to know fellow members with similar interests.


    For more information, or to join a group please contact our Issues Committe Chairs:


    VP Liaison - Charlotte Rigby 819 778 3438


    Chair, Status of Women & Human Rights - Sue Wilson 613 523 8126


    Chair, Education - Nathalie Thirlwall 613 730 6513


    Chair, Legislation/Other -  Lynne Bond 613 741 1805

  • 24 Jan 2012 11:44 AM | Deleted user

    The 2012 CFUW-Ottawa Proposed Bylaws reflect changes which were approved by the CFUW and CFUW-Ottawa membership between 2009 and 2012.  They are posted on the website and, for those without internet access, will be forwarded by mail.  The membership will have an opportunity to vote on them at the February 6, 2012 meeting.

    Since these Bylaws contain only membership approved items, no substantive changes will be permitted.  The 2009 CFUW-Ottawa Constitution and Bylaws is a lengthy document with or without the 2012 previously approved changes.  Therefore, the hard copy for those who require copies delivered by mail will contain only the proposed changes.  The online presentation and the February 6 Power Point presentation will show the previous wording and the changes.

    A quorum (10% of the membership) is required to make the vote legal.  Please plan to attend and cast your vote.  If you wish to have a hard copy of the bylaw changes at the meeting, please print a copy and bring it to the meeting.

    Wilma Clapham


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