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Club Action Newsletter:
October 21, 2020
This publication contains time-sensitive information generally directed to Club Executives and members and pertains to CFUW activities and events. Please send relevant pieces to all Club Members. 
  • President's Message
  • An Update on CFUW's Financial Situation
  • Discussion: Women and the Arts During COVID
  • 65th UN Commission on the Status of Women
  • IWD Project Winner Announcement
  • Merchandise Sale
  • GWI Webinar Series
  • CFUW & Social Media
  • Sharing Corner: 
    - Guelph Civic Museum, Her Story
    - CFUW Aurora hosts Books and Bottles
    - Is it Time for a Basic Income in Canada? Webinar
    - Rising Together: Women for a Just Economy
President's Message
It’s strange to think that socially isolated Thanksgiving is already over, Hallow’een is cancelled, at least for a lot of Ontario, and winter travel plans are cancelled.  The pandemic is still challenging us as individuals but also as an organization but a few good things are happening.  First of all, I’d like to thank the Clubs for returning the Club Executive Survey.  There is a wealth of really useful information and once it has been analyzed and put into a report format, it will be shared across CFUW.

Across the country, regions are in different stages of lock-down and we are all having to adapt to new ways of doing things.  We have heard from Clubs about how they are holding virtual meetings, checking in with their members, and even thinking of innovative ways to continue fundraising. At the National level, we are continuing to host webinars and events and you will find information in this newsletter about our next ‘Covid Conversation – Covid and the Arts’ with art historian, gallery and museum curator Senator Patricia Bovey and Stratford Festival Executive Director Anita Gaffney who will discuss the challenges of the pandemic and the effect on women in the arts. Plans are also underway for a conversation in late November about Covid and the Impact on Human Rights. We are also planning our first meeting of CFUW Reads; the theme for November is Black Lives Matter and we will be discussing Washington Black by Canadian author Esi Edugyan.

The various committees and sub-committees that are part of the Mediation Implementation Committee continue their work.  As promised, the Board will keep Clubs updated on what is happening and you will soon receive notice of a session hosted by the Communication Committee which will be an opportunity to share ideas and information as we work towards healing the rift in our organization. Also, in this newsletter is an update on how we are tackling our financial situation. Clubs are facing the challenge of members not returning this year because in-person meetings are cancelled.  This will inevitably have an effect on the financial situation at National at a time when strong women’s voices are especially important. 
Please continue to share with National what you are doing at the Club level, invite other Clubs to join your virtual meetings, keep safe and remember: ‘This too shall pass’.

Kathryn Wilkinson, CFUW National President
Turning the Amber Light to Green – An Update on CFUW’s Financial Situation
Some clubs have been asking about the CFUW financial amber light warning that flashed out to clubs several months ago. At the national level, CFUW is working on many initiatives to get securely into the green zone. View the list of initiatives here
Join CFUW for a discussion on 
November 2, 2020 – 4 p.m. Pacific – 7 p.m. Eastern


Join Senator Patricia Bovey and Stratford Festival Executive Director Anita Gaffney as they discuss the challenges faced by women in the arts, how artists are coping and connecting with their audiences during the pandemic. The discussion will also include an exploration of what the arts will look like once the pandemic is over. For more information, click here. 

Register in advance for this meeting:

CFUW Written Statement 
65th UN Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place virtually from 15 to 26 March 2021.

As an organization in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), CFUW submitted a written statement to address the Commission. CFUW's written statement addressed women's full and effective participation and decision-making in the areas of health, education, the economy, and peace & security. The Statement is endorsed by Graduate Women International, International Alliance of Women, National Council of Women of Canada, Women Graduates-USA, and the YWCA of Canada.

Click here to read CFUW's 2021 written statement to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.
International Women's Day 2021 Project Winner!
TEMBO Canada

Eight on Eight: A Canadian-Tanzanian Dialogue in Celebration of IWD 

TEMBO Canada (Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity) is an organization that aims to raise awareness and funds to support their Tanzanian partners in providing educational and micro-business opportunities for girls and women. The project, an online webinar event called Eight on Eight, will bring together four voices from Tanzania and four voices from Canada for an innovative and thought-provoking discussion to share perspectives on gender equality, education, culture, work, community and the prevention of violence. This event provides a unique opportunity to use technology to connect voices over a distance of more than 13,000 kilometres in a discussion on gender equality and the prevention of violence through differing lenses. More information about this event will be shared with CFUW members closer to IWD 2021. 

Congratulations TEMBO Canada!
Merchandise Sale!
CFUW National will be featuring some of our products in a sale, just in time for Christmas! See the products on sale below, and email with the filled out form in this brochure indicating your desired purchase. The sale will end on November 20, 2020. 

 CFUW Credit Card Holder - Reduced from $7.00 to $5.00     

CFUW Anniversary Pin
1" reduced from $12.00 to $10.00
1.25" reduced from $15.00 to $13.00 

Women's Golf Shirts (Limited Quantity) 
Available in the following sizes: Small, Medium, 2XL 
Reduced from $28.00 to $15.00.
GWI Advocacy 101 and the United Nations

On Thursday, 22 October 2020, GWI will open its Fall 2020 International Advocacy Series, "Putting the pieces together and raising women's voices through strategic advocacy in the changing world". This 4-part webinar series will explain GWI International advocacy and demonstrate how GWI members can create strategic advocacy plans of their own. 

This first webinar, on GWI Advocacy 101 and the United Nations will provide a comprehensive overview of the fundamentals of the GWI advocacy work. Click HERE to register today for the GWI Advocacy 101 and the United Nations webinar to be held Thursday, 22 October 2020, 10-11am (first session) and 4-5pm (second session) Central European Summer Time. 
CFUW & Social Media

CFUW has just joined the world of Instagram - you can now find us at (@CFUWFCFDU). We're looking forward to embracing this new platform to spread the word about our work to improve women's access to education and human rights! Be sure to follow us.

CFUW can also now be found on LinkedIn, view our page here. 
Her Story: Trailblazers of Guelph and Wellington County

On view now at Guelph Civic Museum until July 24, 2021. 

Her Story: Trailblazers of Guelph and Wellington County celebrates women who have led the way towards a diverse and gender inclusive community. Through the stories of local women, this project writes the history of Her Story and shares women’s legacies in Guelph, past and present. The featured trailblazers are activists, artists, caregivers, health care workers, mothers, politicians, scientists, and writers, as well as women-led organizations. Learn more about the event here. 
CFUW Aurora/Newmarket hosts Books and Bottles 2.0

The Canadian Federation of University Women Aurora/Newmarket is hosting Books and Bottles 2.0, an online book sale running from Oct. 16 to Nov. 16. It is an opportunity to purchase books from CFUW’s online inventory and get rid of any empty bottles you have accumulated.

“The online version of the event is a way to keep CFUW members engaged by offering reading materials while raising funds with a safe process,” said Fulvia Cantarutti, President of CFUW’s Charitable Trust."

Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Is it Time for a Basic Income in Canada? 

Wednesday, Oct. 21 from 7 - 8:30PM MDT on Zoom
CFUW Calgary & Calgary North will host two guest speakers, Elizabeth McLennan, leader of Calgary Alliance for the Common Good & Brian Dodd, co-founder of Basic Income Calgary, in this webinar on universal basic income in Canada.

Click here to join this webinar.  Or copy/paste the following link:

Meeting ID: 867 3433 5422
Passcode: 247828
Dial-in AB #: 1-587-328-1099
RISING TOGETHER: Women for a Just Economy
Anti-Oppression & A Green Economy

Join feminist, labour & community activists across the country in intersectional organizing for economic, climate & racial justice in this webinar series hosted by the Ontario Equal Pay Coalition and the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women (CRIAW).

Click here to register for this event.

* Discussions will take place in English and French. Simultaneous interpretation (French & English) and closed captioning will be available.
* The link to the webinar will be sent to registrants the day before the event.

Important Dates and Deadlines: 

November 2: Women and the Arts During COVID Webinar
November 8: Application deadline for UNCSW (may be a virtual event and participant numbers may be limited)
November 15: Deadline for Intents to Submit a Resolution for AGM 2021. 
December 1: Preliminary Club Membership Numbers to be submitted by Clubs to National as per GWI directions
December 14: Fellowships & Awards Applications due

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