CFUW encourages its members to use their expertise to bring about change, with particular reference to women’s issues such as violence against women, early learning and child care, education, economic prosperity and the empowerment of women as leaders and decision-makers.
CFUW also works on a global level for the adoption and implementation of international agreements that will protect and benefit all women and girls. CFUW holds special consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC). CFUW regularly sends a delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
Over the years, CFUW has taken a stand on innumerable social issues based on our policies (i.e. adopted resolutions). Here you will find more information on some of these issues, advocacy tools and resources, International Women’s Day, our National Initiative on Violence Against Women and the United Nations.
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BC Council Advocacy Update
Celebrating International Women's Day
March 8, 2018 Empowering women with a donation of toolboxes to the local women's shelter on International Women's Day. Thank you to our generous CFUW-SC members. L to R Jane McKee and Diana Adams, CFUW-SC members, Stephanie Mackie, Transition House Manager, Sunshine Coast Community Services; and Unni Claridge, President CFUW Sunshine Coast.
CFUW Sunshine Coast presented several fully-equipped tool boxes to Yew Transition Housing c/o Sunshine Coast Community Services Society on International Women's Day. This is possible through generous donations from our members. Click here for more information on International Women's Day.
Report to the UN Commission on the Status of Women
National Initiative on Violence Against Women
Gender-based violence is a persistent and pervasive issue in Canada, affecting approximately half of all women over the course of their lives. The mental, physical, social, and financial impacts of violence are devastating and cannot be ignored.
Recognizing the importance of this issue, CFUW has a long history of promoting women and girls safety, and advocating for stronger national and provincial action to end violence against women, including intimate partner violence, sexual assault, non-state actor torture, human trafficking and prostitution.
Most recently, CFUW National has been advocating for a comprehensive national action plan/strategy to end violence against women and girls, and has been a strong supporter of Aboriginal women as they call for action on missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
With this national initiative, CFUW advocates providing increased support to women and children who experience all forms of violence, ensuring that their voices are heard, and letting them know that they have friends and supporters across Canada. Our collective efforts help raise public awareness about gender-based violence, improve support and prevention, and put pressure on all levels of government to take stronger action.