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National & International Memberships


Through the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), we are one of 100 Clubs in Canada representing more than 7000 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.


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.)

National Highlights

  • 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 here.
  • CFUW Fellowship & Award Recipients: Learn about some of the Past Recipients of Fellowships & Awards here.

International Highlights


The 33rd Graduate Women International (GWI) triennial conference will take place July 25-28, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. This is a leading conference focusing on the confluence of education, gender and human rights. Members from across Canada will attend. Read the GWI Update Newsletter here.