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International Relations



The committee's mandate is to support, facilitate and monitor CFUW’s international advocacy strategy, policies, and related activities.

CFUW has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and is a member of the Canadian Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (CCUNESCO) network. It supports the work of various UN entities relevant to the mission of CFUW and its international partners. CFUW is the largest National Federation or Association (NFA) of Graduate Women International (GWI) and is also a member of the International Alliance of Women (IAW).  In addition, it collaborates with other organizations whose mission and values are similar.

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The Committee:

  1. Collaborates with and supports the activities of the Vice President (VP) of International Relations (IR) who chairs and directs the work of the committee.
  2. Adheres to the CFUW International Relations and Action Framework of AIM (Amplify, Influence, Mobilize) and the domains of HEAL (Health, Education & Economic empowerment, Action towards Women, Peace, and Security (WPS), Leadership)
  3. Monitors international relations as described in the Purpose statement.
  4. Makes recommendations to the Board for International Relations priorities and related actions including development of resolutions of an international nature.
  5. Works with the National Advocacy and Policy Specialist and other national office staff members in forming, implementing, and advancing the IR mandate.
  6. Adjudicates the International Relations and International Women’s Day awards and recommends winners to the Board.
  7. Manages the International Service Project on behalf of the Board.
  8. Selects and promotes international advocacy days.
  9. Supports and facilitates CFUW’s participation in United Nations’ activities such as the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW).
  10. Monitors, in conjunction with the Advocacy committee, the Conference of the Parties - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP – UNFCCC).
  11. Supports and facilitates CFUW’s collaboration with its international partners on issues of joint concern.
  12. Supports or collaborates with CFUW clubs on selected international initiatives such as hosting international workshops or webinars, meet and greets, and newsletters.
  13. Communicates to CFUW members throughout the year and produces a year-end report on activities for the CFUW Board and the CFUW Annual Report.


  • Committee Chair (voting) – Vice President, International Relations
  • CFUW President (voting)
  • Executive Director (non-voting)
  • CFUW representative to CCUNESCO (voting)
  • At least three additional members, (voting)


Click here to read the IR Committee's December 2023 Special Report.