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.
March 2, 2020 Event Courage Under Fire: Women and Girls in Afghanistan
Dr. Lauryn Oates, executive director of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, described the current status of women and girls in Afghanistan, sharing updates from the education, health, government, economy, media and other sectors, as well as how Afghan women are responding to the prospect of "peace talks" with the Taliban. She also described the work of CW4WAfghan, a registered charity that runs education programs throughout Afghanistan, and that has worked in support of Afghan women and girls since 1996. Learn more at www.cw4wafghan.ca. Event co-sponsored by CFUW-SC and the Sechelt Public Library. Read more...
Women in Leadership February 6, 2020
This very successful event, was presented by CFUW SC in partnership with Capilano University - Sechelt Campus. Thanks to everyone who has worked hard to make this event possible: CFUW SC Planning Committee (Barb Cochran, Diana, and Rosemary Blenkinsop) and Capilano University, Sechelt Campus for making the space available, registering participants, and setting up the room. This event was attended by approximately 60 people. Feedback from the attendees was generally very positive, for example: “When are you having the next event? Are you offering a series of these talks?” “Inspiring.” “Fabulous moderator.”
Moderator, Betty Baxter, skillfully facilitated three dynamic speakers: Darnelda Siegers, Mayor District of Sechelt; Jean Bennett, President Sunshine Coast Festival of Written Arts; and Poppy Hallam, Staff Sargent, Detachment Commander RCMP Sunshine Coast. Here are some of the highlights from the speakers:
CFUW SC Fundraiser for Bursary Society: Christmas Swags Sales Event 2019
I’m pleased to report that we have had a successful Christmas Swags Sales Event once more, as a CFUW SC fundraiser for the Bursary Society. A huge 'thank you' to Kathy Caswell who organized the swag makers and swag sellers, and managed to make it all work beautifully. Thank you to the very capable swag making team on December 6th, and to the enthusiastic sales team on December 7th. All swags turned out beautifully and I'm sure will be appreciated by everyone who bought them. Well done all!
Submitted by: Diana Adams, President
December 9, 2019
In honour of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, CFUW SC was pleased to present a check for $200 to the Sechelt Public Library and another one to the Gibsons District Public Library. Librarians will use these funds to purchase books that celebrate the achievements of women and girls. From L to R: CFUW-SC members Mardie Campbell (Membership), Unni Claridge (Past President), Elle Archibald (Chief Librarian, Sechelt), Barbara Cochran (President), Diana Adams (Vice-President).
Painkiller:Inside the Opiod Crisis A TELUS Health Originals documentary tells the human story behind the opioid epidemic affecting Canada. The documentary seeks to raise awareness and end the stigma of addiction by educating and informing viewers on what Fentanyl is and how it is affecting our country. Please copy and paste this link to share with as many people as possible. https://www.telus.com/en/health/personal/painkiller. For each view of Painkiller: Inside the Opioid Crisis*, a TELUS Health Originals documentary, we will give $5 (up to $50K) to organizations providing critical care to those in need through Mobile Health Clinics, powered by TELUS Health.
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Celebrating International Women's Day
CFUW-SC donation of three fully-stocked tool boxes to Sunshine Coast Community Services transition houses. International Women's Day March 8 2019. Photo L to R Unni Claridge (Past President), Denise Woodley, (SCCS) Manager - Together Against Violence, Barbara Cochran (President) and Kathryn Caswell (CFUW member). Thank you to our members, Home Hardware (Gibsons) and Gibsons Building Supply for your support.
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.