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Violence Against Women
CFUW has launched a National initiative to prevent and respond to violence against women. New material is available now. For more information and to get involved, please click here.
Family Violence in Canada:
A StatisticalProfile, CRIAW Fact Sheet
The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) invites all Canadians to join in celebrating the second annual International Day of the Girl Child this Friday October 11th. This year, the United Nations theme, "Innovating for Girls' Education", encourages us to reflect on the progress Canada has made in this area and envision where improvements can continue to be made. It reminds us that millions of girls are denied the basic right to attend primary and secondary school in many countries. Read the full press release here.
The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is marking World Mental Health Day today by raising awareness about older women’s mental health concerns. The year’s theme is “Mental Health and Older Adults”. Read the full press release here.
Montreal, October 9, 2013 – Following the statements made last week by the Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird and International Development Minister Christian Paradis, Canadian groups working on sexual and reproductive health question the genuine commitment of the Conservative government's Women's Health foreign policies. In late September, Stephen Harper and his government tried to reaffirm their international leadership in women's health by pointing to the funds invested by Canada in the health of mothers, newborns and children, and taking a position against forced marriages of girls and rape as a weapon of war.Yet this same government refuses to support or fund access to abortion in developing countries, even in cases of rape and forced marriage. It is well documented that girls are more likely to die in childbirth than adult women, that 47,000 women die each year as a result of unsafe abortion, and millions more are injured and mutilated by the poor conditions associated with the intervention. Read the joint press release here.
CFUW has written to the Minister of Foreign Affairs to express concern over the Government of Canada's rejection of many important recommendations made during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, including the specific recommendations that Canada undertake a public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls, and develop a national action plan to address gender-based violence. Read the letter here.
OTTAWA, October 3, 2013 - The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is now accepting applications from women pursuing Master’s or Doctorate degrees for the 2014-2015 fellowships and awards competition; the deadline to submit applications is November 1, 2013.
There is a total of $83,500 available through 10 different categories of awards for women studying in a range of disciplines. Funding would be tenable for the 2014-2015 academic year. Please visit the fellowships sections of our website for more information about the specific awards and fellowships, and application instructions. Read the full press release here.
OTTAWA – October 1, 2013 – The 1st of October marks two special designated days for Older Persons – Canadian National Seniors Day and the UN designated International Day of Older Persons. Today also being the start of Women’s History Month in Canada, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is celebrating the life-long contributions senior women have made to our society, while also recognizing the many issues they continue to face, including elder abuse, financial insecurity, and difficulty accessing affordable elder care. Read the full press release.
(OTTAWA , September 8, 2013) – On the occasion of International Literacy Day, September 8, the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), based in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Canadian Federation of University Women are calling on the Government of Canada to provide increased funding and support to developing countries in order to boost female literacy rates, and more specifically to assist vulnerable women and girls in gaining literacy skills. CFUW also calls on all levels of government in Canada to improve adult learning policies, programs and services to address the large percentage of Canadian women with low literacy skills. Read the full press release here.
A group of over 50 organizations from across Canada, including CFUW, have signed a joint letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne urging her to place housing at the top of the agenda as she hosts the provincial and territorial premiers for the July 24–26 meeting of the Council of the Federation in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
Led by Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada, the letter calls on the premiers to ask the federal government to recommit $1.7 billion in vital operating funds for social housing providers that is presently set to expire in 2014 – a recommendation echoed by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association.
Read the press release here.