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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2023

On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women…  CFUW-FCFDU remembers the 14 women who were murdered 34 years ago at the École Polytechnique simply because they were women: Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne -Marie Lemay, Sonia Pelletier, Michèle Richard,…


Call to Action: The Right to a Healthy Environment

November 16, 2023

In 2022, CFUW passed a Resolution urging the federal government to enable constitutional recognition that a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment is a human right. CFUW recognizes that without a healthy environment, all other human rights are compromised-the preservation of the environment is central to the improvement of the status of women. We also know…


16 Days of Activism 2023

November 3, 2023

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign, and one of the largest organizing strategies in the prevention and elimination of gender-based violence around the world. It begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day. CFUW…


CFUW Letter on the War and Humanitarian Crisis in Israel and Gaza

October 27, 2023

On October 27, 2023, CFUW National sent a letter on the war and humanitarian crisis in Israel and Gaza to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, as well as Ministers Mélanie Joly, Ahmed Hussen, Bill Blair, and Marci Ien, and Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations Robert Rae. Read the letter here.


2023 Fall Advocacy Package

October 6, 2023

Take a look at the resolutions adopted at CFUW’s 2023 Policy Session in this year’s 2023 Fall Advocacy Package (in French here). Each resolution has a backgrounder, take action page, and template advocacy letter to guide CFUW clubs in their advocacy work this fall. We encourage CFUW members to review the “Who Does What?” guidelines…


CFUW Response to the Recent Attack at Gender Studies Class at the University of Waterloo

June 30, 2023

STATEMENT JUNE 30, 2023 CFUW is deeply saddened to hear about the recent attack at the University of Waterloo. The attack happening in a gender studies class brings back painful memories of the 1989 Polytechnique Massacre, where gender and hate were a motivator for violence. Schools and campuses should be a place of safety, for…


National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

May 16, 2023

Celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day! June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples. Although these…


CFUW Submission of Canada’s 4th Universal Periodic Review

April 27, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE APRIL 28, 2023 – CFUW submission on the occasion of Canada’s 4th Universal Periodic Review to the United Nations (UN) Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) Every five years, civil society actors, states, and human rights monitoring-bodies contribute a report to the OHCHR on Canada’s performance on securing human…


CFUW Statement on Budget 2023

March 31, 2023

March 30, 2023 – CFUW Statement on the 2023 Federal Budget In October 2022, CFUW submitted a written submission for the pre-budget consultations in advance of the upcoming federal budget. Our recommendations included: $500 million additional per year for a National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) $100 million annually of investment into climate initiatives,…


Remembering the Victims of the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre and a Renewed Call for Action on Femicide

March 16, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa | December 6th, 2022 Remembering the Victims of the Ecole Polytechnique Massacre and a Renewed Call for Action on Femicide Ottawa, December 6th, 2022 – Today is the 33rd anniversary of the mass shooting, femicide, and gender-based violence (GBV) that we remember as the Polytechnique Massacre in Montréal, Quebec. We remember…




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