CFUW Vernon is a non-profit society formed in 1965; its basic purpose then and now is to advocate for the rights of women. The club currently has about 28 members.
We are women from a wide range of careers and professions who find fellowship in contributing to our community while being lifelong learners. We support members in furthering their own learning by hosting speakers at our monthly meetings and through special events. We sometimes organize community forums, panel discussions, and other events on current issues. We are also interested in making friends and having fun in our interest groups, and social events!
Our club is a member of the national federation CFUW as are about 90 other similar clubs located in various cities across Canada. With respect to issues within BC’s jurisdiction, the 22 clubs located in BC fall within the umbrella organization CFUW BC Council. On the national and international levels, we work with and through our parent organization CFUW, which is headquartered in Ottawa. Through CFUW we are also affiliated with Graduate Women International and other international organizations with similar purposes. CFUW holds special consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and belongs to the Education Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. CFUW regularly sends a delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. CFUW is the largest affiliate of Graduate Women International (GWI) which represents women worldwide.
Individually as a club and collectively through CFUW BC Council and CFUW, we advocate for local, provincial, and federal laws and policies aligned with our purposes. We work for local and provincial change through the adoption of policies implemented by CFUW BC Council, by writing to or meeting with politicians and by writing letters to the editor of our local paper. As part of the national and international organization, we also discuss and adopt policy initiatives and resolutions as voted upon by the membership. These policy initiatives are then advanced before the relevant political bodies.
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