Standing Committee

Advocacy/Co-Vice Presidents: Val Gunn and Betty Price

CFUW advocates for women’s equality in Canada and abroad. We are concerned with a wide range of social and public policy issues important to women such as: violence, education, the environment, peace, aboriginal issues, social justice, human rights, etc.

CFUW advocacy is guided by the policies (resolutions) voted on by CFUW members every year at our Annual General Meeting in July. These policies come from the grassroots of our organization and are the result of extensive research, debate, and consultation.

Advocacy can be defined as:
“the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending; active espousal” Random House Dictionary, 2013
“public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy” Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press
“active support, especially of a cause” Collins English Dictionary, 10th ed., 2009

Advocacy is about influencing people and institutions – particularly decision makers (political, corporate or organizational) and the general public to support a cause or a course of action.  It’s about change.
It’s about helping people – as an advocate for an individual person requiring access to supports and services, or as an advocate for a cause affecting a number of people.

Where Do Advocacy Issues Come From?

  • A local need in our community that has been brought to your attention (e.g. need for increase in Palliative beds)
  • A concern elsewhere (e.g. widespread homelessness in Canada fuelled by poverty and the lack of adequate social housing and mental health supports).
  • Requests from CFUW National or Provincial Council which come via email with template letters or suggested actions through the CFUW Week in Review, or CFUW News and Updates.

Committees or individuals in the CFUW P/Q can forward any concerns or issues they would like to pursue to the Advocacy committee who can then assist with developing resolutions and further action.


To be posted….






BC Council & National

The Feb 19, 2015 Community Child Care Forum: We need to get this right, featured Martha Friendly, Executive Director of the Child Care Resource and Research Unit, Zeenat Janmohamed faculty member in the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College and visiting Scholar at the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development at the University of Toronto and Lorna Reid, Director of the Early Child Care.

United Nations

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In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. In doing so, UN Member States took an historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment:

  • Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW)
  • International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW)
  • Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI)
  • United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

The main roles of UN Women are:

  • To support inter-governmental bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, in their formulation of policies, global standards and norms.
  • To help Member States to implement these standards, standing ready to provide suitable technical and financial support to those countries that request it, and to forge effective partnerships with civil society.
  • To lead and coordinate the UN system’s work on gender equality as well as promote accountability, including through regular monitoring of system-wide progress.