News and Announcements
The Canadian Federation of University Women Calls for the Recognition and Protection of Trafficked Women and Girls
In honour of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, July 30th, CFUW continues to bring awareness of key issues impacting women and girls at the grassroots levels. We believe that changes begins with consciousness. For this day, we are intentionally making connections to SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) 4, 5, 16 and 17. This initiative provides a critical opportunity to discuss the interconnections between the SDGs for achieving gender equality and empower all women and girls. The 2030 Agenda is an agenda for all, and achieving it requires action at all levels. In the spirit of the 2030 Agenda, speakers from the grassroots, youth, International Non-Governmental Organizations have offered a perspective on the issue of Trafficking in Persons. CFUW continues to call upon all people to recognize that Trafficking in Persons is the fastest growing crime internationally and not to stand by idly while this atrocity continues to grow.
You can read the statement here
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Minister Justin Trudeau, on April 4t, asking him to renew the commitment of his government to reform Canada’s woefully outdated Access to Information Act.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.