NATIONALLY – Through the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), we are one of over 100 Clubs in Canada representing more than 8000 women. We participate in the development of policy and activism on issues related to education, the status of women, equality and human rights and the environment. We advocate for issues following adoption of policy at our national AGMs and provide scholarships through the CFUW Charitable Trust and fundraise for the CFUW École Polytechnique Commemorative Award. We have Special Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and since 1968 CFUW has sent a representative to the annual Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) Consultation on the Status of Women. CFUW is a member of the Canadian Committee for UNESCO’s subcommittee on education.

INTERNATIONALLY – Through our membership in CFUW, Canada is the largest affiliate of Graduate Women International (GWI.) GWI advocates for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality secondary and tertiary education, and training up to the highest levels. GWI’s vision is to achieve 100% of girls and women in the world achieving education beyond primary school.

We support and are involved in the development of community leadership skills for women throughout the world; have developed policy and advocacy for the rights of the child; and support GWI work in offering international fellowships. GWI has special Consultative Status at ECOSOC, UNICEF, UNESCO, and the International Labour Organization (ILO.)


CFUW Supports Private Member’s Bill to End Non-State Torture

CFUW Charitable Trust: CFUW has supported graduate study, literacy and creative arts through awards and fellowships since its founding in 1919. The CFUW Charitable Trust was established in 1967 to receive donations and manage the funds for fellowships, bursaries and awards. Read more about the CFUW Charitable Trust at:

CFUW Fellowship & Award Recipient Highlights: This month meet Clara Fallone, Yarong Shi, Naazish Bashir and Kyra Kane, recipients of the Dr. Alice E. Wilson Award with a total value of $20,000:

And learn about some of the Past Recipients of Fellowships & Awards here:

CFUW Fellowships and Awards for the Academic Year 2017-2018. The competition for the CFUW Fellowships and Awards is now open. The application deadline is postmarked date November 1, 2016. Click here for application deadlines:

Meet our new CFUW President, Karen Dunnett: Read The Story


The 32nd Graduate Women International (GWI) triennial conference took place August 24-26, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa, a leading conference focusing on the confluence of education, gender and human rights. Members from across Canada attended including the BC West Regional Director. Geeta Desai, Women Graduates – USA, was elected for a three-year term as the new President of GWI. Read the GWI Update Newsletter here.


GWI Update: GEMS World Academy Switzerland (GWAS) get creative with videos on girls’ empowerment: Click here for the story

Read about The Business Case for education for women at all levels – primary, secondary & tertiary. Equal access to education for all people is an essential element of economic growth.