Aurora Newmarket
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About the Canadian Federation of University Women
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.


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

Click here for our Mission, Vision, Values & Key Directions​
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!
​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.

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.


Our club is part of the Ontario Council which is composed of 54 clubs, with over 5,000 members located across Ontario.  

Aurora Newmarket is part of the Ontario Central group under Regional Director, Patricia Joyce. 

The Ontario Council's mandate is:

  • To promote cooperation and facilitate communication of information and ideas among CFUW Clubs in Ontario. 
  • To promote the policies and programmes of CFUW.
  • To encourage and initiate studies with respect to matters of a provincial nature.
  • To make representation to the appropriate provincial authorities consistent with Ontario Council policy.
  • To promote an understanding of provincial and national issues and their implications through dialogue among member Clubs.


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.