November 2022

We all can appreciate the work of the Scholarship Committee here at the UWCW. A tremendous resource that has offered financial support to many women furthering their education here in Manitoba. The CFUW Charitable Trust is also far reaching and provides significant financial support for 13 graduate degree students. Awards are valued between $5,000 to $11,000. There is an application process – and now is the time to encourage Manitoba students to apply. The application is on-line at https://cfuwcharitabletrust.ca/fellowships-application-information There is no longer a fee to apply, and all candidates are informed on their status once the selections have been made.

Did you know CFUW has ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) status at the United Nations? This gives CFUW an ability to work with others to influence possible actions of the UN and its member countries, particularly with respect to women’s rights. In preparation for the upcoming meetings at the United Nations of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March 2023, CFUW has prepared a statement on the theme of this year’s CSW “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” The statement calls for recognition of the gender digital divide for women and girls ends with seven clearly stated recommendation. The statement is not posted online yet, but we will be sure to share a link once it is!

October 2022

Joy Hurst, from Edmonton, is now the CFUW President, and it is interesting to note there are 10 different Canadian cities/communities represented on the CFUW Board. Definitely a national organization!

One of the many positive features of CFUW is the Charitable Trust similar, but larger than our Scholarship Trust Fund. It is chaired by Doris Mae Oulton, UWC member and past president of both CFUW, and UWC. The AGM of the Charitable Trust is going to be October 22, 10:30 am, CST. The Annual Report is here. There will be an interesting speaker, an award winner, Casey Oliver. Casey’s background is psychology, and she will be speaking at approximately 12:30 CST, on Sexual Violence. Here is a bit more about the topic: “Casey’s dissertation focuses on sexual violence that is perpetrated through technology against women. She seeks to better understand whether this type of gender-based violence effects both the mental well-being of women and their use of technology. This could have grave implications for their academic and career participation, especially with the increasingly virtual nature of these settings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In-turn, this research could inform prevention and response strategies, including platform and government policies.” Another point of interest re the CFUW Charitable Trust is a young woman from U of M has received the Indigenous Women’s Award – Arielle Bienick MD.

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Canadian delegates to the 1921 Paris Conference of the International Federation of University Women. Margaret McWilliams is seated at centre.