Canadian Federation of University Women
CFUW is a national, non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization founded in 1919 by a group of dedicated women striving for social change. They were part of an international movement that created the International Federation of University Women, an organization established to support education and the well-being of women and girls. Today, CFUW has special consultative status at the United Nations and representation at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
Since its founding, CFUW has made an important contribution to improving the social, political, economic, and especially, educational opportunities for countless Canadian women. Every year, CFUW National and its clubs award $1 million to women to help them pursue post-secondary studies.
CFUW envisions a world where women and girls are educated and empowered to make transformative change in the world. CFUW’s mission is to promote and enable women’s fellowship, continuous learning and empowerment to achieve educational and economic equality and social justice.
For more than 100 years, CFUW and its clubs have been working to improve the status of women. Members are encouraged to use their expertise to bring about change with particular regard to CFUW’s current national priorities: violence against women and girls, Indigenous people’s rights, early learning and child care, long term care, and climate change.
CFUW is a federation of more than 95 clubs across Canada with approximately 7500 members. CFUW North Toronto is proud to be part of this nation-wide network of dedicated women. In addition to our national affiliation, North Toronto is one of 49 clubs that work together provincially under the auspices of the CFUW Ontario Council.
Our achievements as an organization are a testament to the power of women working together!