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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women: CFUW’s SDG Series, Vigils and Polytechnique Commemorative Award

This December 6, 2017, the Canadian Federation of University Women commemorates and honours the lives of victims of gender-based violence and stand in solidarity with all women experiencing violence, abuse and harassment.

For this occasion, CFUW continues the series on significant days to facilitate the conversation about the Sustainable Development Goals. “We believe the elimination of violence can only be realized with the understanding that aggression against one woman is abuse against all women. The individual cannot be separated from the community and therefore national epidemics of violence have a global impact" says Cheryl Hayles, V.P. International Relations. Consult the December 6 edition of the SDG series here.

On the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against women, CFUW clubs and members across Canada will be observing moments of silence as well as organizing or joining vigils. Consult our Facebook page for more details on club vigils:

Clubs also continue to raise money for the CFUW École Polytechnique commemorative award. This award aims to commemorate the lives of the fourteen women students murdered on December 6, 1989, by encouraging women to pursue graduate studies relevant to advancing the status of women. Deadline for application December 8, 2017. Click here for more details.


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CFUW and its 100 Clubs Across Canada Mobilize for the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

November 25, 2017 - CFUW and its 100 clubs across Canada are marking November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and getting involved in the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence from November 25 to December 10.

CFUW clubs will be hosting a series of events and generating actions across Canada such as panel discussions, outreach to women’s shelters, orange wearing days in honour of victims of gun violence, art expositions that highlight issues of gender-based violence, joint letter signings, social media campaigns, and commemorative vigils to raise awareness in their community and call for mobilization to end violence against women and girls.

Consult the full press release here.

As Canada is scheduled for its third review under the United Nations Universal Periodic Review in April/May 2018, CFUW submitted a shadow report assessing Canada's commitments to ending violence against women.


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UNCSW62 – Written Statement on the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls

In the preparation leading up to the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW62), CFUW prepared a statement on the challenges for women and girls living in rural and remote areas in accessing services.

The statement ties in with this year’s priority theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Submitted on October 20th, it was proudly sponsored by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, Graduate Women International, International Alliance of Women, The MATCH International Women’s Fund and National Council of Women of Canada. Read the statement here.

CFUW will be sending a delegation to attend this high-level meeting next March 2018 to connect with our international partners and promote commitments from United Nations Member states to empower rural women and girls.


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