The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a world of women helping women. Founded in 1919, CFUW is a national, voluntary, non-partisan, non-profit, self-funded, bilingual organization of more than 8,000 women in over 100 clubs across Canada. CFUW members are active in public affairs, working to raise the social, economic and legal status of girls and women as well as improving education, the environment, peace, justice and human rights. www.cfuw.org
CFUW Aurora/Newmarket is committed to the improvement of the status of women and human rights. As an affiliate of the National Canadian Federation of University Women we endorse its Mission statement:
CFUW is committed to:
The pursuit of knowledge
The promotion of education
The improvement of the status of women and human rights
Active participation in public affairs in a spirit of cooperation and friendship
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"EDUCATION UNDERPINS EFFECTIVE CHANGE"
About AURORA NEWMARKET
Our Aurora/Newmarket CFUW club was founded in 1957 and has been growing steadily ever since. We now have more than 220 members and are one of the largest clubs in Canada. Aurora Newmarket is engaged in empowering women’s lives through friendship, education, outreach and advocacy. It is a place to make lasting friendships, engage in social activities, and participate in the community. Join CFUW and experience the power of women working together!
GRADUATE WOMEN INTERNATIONAL (GWI)
CFUW is the largest of more than 50 national affiliates of GWI. GWI has consultative status at the United Nations and is based in Geneva, Switzerland. www.graduatewomen.org
GWI, founded in 1919 as the International Federation of University Women is a worldwide, non-governmental organization of women graduates, whose purpose is to promote lifelong education for women and girls; promote international cooperation, friendship, peace and respect for human rights for all, irrespective of their gender, age, race, nationality, religion, political opinion, sexual orientation or other status; advocate for the advancement of the status of women and girls; and encourage and enable women and girls to apply their knowledge and skills in leadership and decision-making in all forms of public and private life.
CANADIAN FEDERATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN - ONTARIO COUNCIL
One of the keynote speakers was Mohini Athic, Director of Communications at COPA, an award winning provincial non-profit organization that believes social justice and human rights are fundamental to real changes in our communities.
The core principle of COPA is prevention of harassment, bullying and violence against women. They foster equity, inclusion, safe, strong and free school communities. COPA’s mandate is to ensure that young people have access to the necessary tools, resources and skills to navigate their relationships, including the ability to affirm their own rights while maintaining the rights of others. Visit the COPA website at this link.
Everyone has the right to be safe strong and free.
One challenge on the horizon relates to the future of CFUW membership in the organization Graduate Women International (GWI). Several of the largest National Affiliates have withdrawn from GWI due, it appears, to financial concerns. The US left several years ago and this past year both Germany and The Netherlands withdrew. A motion for Canada to withdraw from GWI was defeated at the CFUW National Annual General Meeting in June, 2016. Canada may reconsider withdrawing in light of GWI dues increases passed at their Triennial General Meeting in August 2016. There is also concern at CFUW National about GWI’s effectiveness and its need to restructure. Ongoing discussions at the national and local level are occurring as a result of the decisions taken by GWI. We will do our best to keep you informed. As of December 2016 GWI has informed the national affiliates that they will not be putting forward a dues increase.