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(CFUW & GWI events in black; non-CFUW events in green, these relate to the mission of CFUW)

Reminder: As a member of a CFUW club in Alberta you are also a member of CFUW Alberta, CFUW national, and Graduate Women International. 





April 2021

  • April 24 9:15am-2:15pm (Alberta time) Alberta Council Annual General Meeting - click here for more details

  • April 24 9:00-10:30am Alberta time (4-5:30pm CET) GWI Membership Marketplace, GWI Netherlands, & the Canadian Federation of University Women event: Afghan Peace Negotiations: Their Perilous Significance for Women in Afghanistan project update. Register here

    • This webinar is the conclusion to the Walking to Kabul Campaign in which people can sign up for the Walk and the kilometers are tracked to make up a total Virtual Walk. Click here to learn more.

  • April 24 CFUW Mediation Implementation Report Town Hall. Register Here. Town Hall will allow members an opportunity to discuss the Mediation Implementation Report and to ask questions. Click here to view the report.

  • April 29 5:00-7:00pm (Alberta time) Long-Term Care Panel: What Now? What Next?  Register here. To kick off the campaign on Long-Term Care & Elder Rights, tune in to this panel of experts on Thursday, April 29 from 7 to 9pm which seeks to answer the questions: "Long-Term Care: What Now? What Next?".

  • Ongoing GWI Peer-to-Peer MarketPlace: click here to learn more about the Marketplace

    • classes aim to prepare women more for acquiring a job (Dec 4 start, 2x per month): Radwa Mohamed Abdel Fattah (Egypt) – 10 classes, twice per month beginning 4 December.  Maximum 15 participants. GWI members only. These classes aim to prepare women more for acquiring a job; it will cover writing CV, cover letter and motivational letter, how to go through an interview, how to look for a job and basic English terms. More information here (GWI member login required)

    • Spanish language 7-9am (Alberta time; 2 hours per week every Friday) - Two hours per week, every Friday at 10am Bolivia time for two months beginning fall 2020. Stories, vocabularies, songs will be shared to practice speaking in Spanish. Activity Leader: Lenny Roxana Cáceres Frías, GWI Federación Boliviana de Mujeres Profesionales Universitarias. More information here (GWI member login required)

    • Discussions on the role and challenges of female scientists in academia. There will be six monthly sessions between 12 October 2020 and 15 March 2021. Activity Leader: Veridiana Corderio, GWI Independent Member, Brazil. More information here (GWI member login required) 

    • Positive Discipline Parenting. A 6-week virtual live online Positive Discipline Parenting where participants will learn tools and skills necessary to create a home environment built on encouragement, cooperation and mutual respect. Activity Leader: Malvina Segovia, GWI Paraguay Federation of University Women. More information here (GWI member login required)

    • Equal Enjoyment of Older People: A Reading Club for the Elderly. There will be three activity sessions beginning 3 November 2020. Activity Leader:  Godelieve de Koninck, Canadian Federation of University Women. More information here (GWI member login required)

    • Information and Communication Technology Literacy. ICT Literacy for beginners that includes definition, tools, and skills needed for that. The course will also demonstrate how to empower women and girls through communication, education and advocacy. Activity Leader: Sahar Gamal, GWI Independent Member, Egypt. More information here (GWI member login required)

May 2021

  • May 4 11:00am-1:00pm CFUW National Town Hall: Long-Term Care & Elder Rights. National Day of Action. Register here

    • Join concerned Canadians from across the country as we take action for long-term care and elder justice on Tuesday, May 4. This is a public, National Town Hall event and will feature speakers from the BC, NB, & NL Offices of the Seniors' Advocate. 

    • Sign our open letter to the Minister of Seniors & Minister of Health in support of LTC standards and placing LTC under the Canada Health Act. Share widely! Sign by completing the form here:

    • Want to know about ways to take action ahead of the May 4 National Day of Action? Click here to check out CFUW's new toolkit

  • May 7  7:00-9:00pm (Mountain time) - CFUW Alberta Movie Night (online via Zoom). Movie followed by an optional discussion among participants. Movie: Never Too Old (2019 ; 44min). Topic: Canadian & CFUW member Olive Bryanton, 81, PhD

    • Description: Olive Bryanton, 81, is working hard to get a PhD and help change the world for older women in Canada: "a little old lady, I am not!". To pursue her thesis, Bryanton put out a call for 10 women aged 85 and older, living beyond Prince Edward Island’s larger communities like Charlottetown and Summerside, to take part in the study that would involve them taking photos of their daily activities and discussing life as an independent senior in areas that don’t feature the services and facilities of a major town or city. Article about the film (1 minute trailer in the article)

    • Zoom meeting will open at 6:30pm so everyone can join by the 7:00pm start time of the movie. When you are ready to join CLICK HERE. (Meeting ID: 818 3181 9303 ; Passcode: 139103)

  • May 17 5:00pm CFUW Proposers and Amenders Town Hall. It will offer separate discussions for clubs included in the GWI dues calculation and for clubs excluded from the GWI dues calculations. Register here. Background for this Town Hall here.

  • May 17 7:00pm (Alberta time) CFUW Edmonton is hosting a presentation by Dr. Donna Wilson, University of Alberta nursing professor, entitled "Caring For and About Older People in Canada: What Really Matters Now?" Click here for details. Register here. ​

June 2021

  • Jun 4 - 7:00-9:00pm (Mountain time) - CFUW Alberta Movie Night (online via Zoom). Movie followed by an optional discussion among participants. Movie: Borealis (2020 ; 90 minutes). Topic: life in Canada’s boreal forest; Canada Environment Week

    • Description: "In his new feature documentary Borealis, acclaimed director Kevin McMahon (Waterlife) travels deep into the heart of the boreal forest to explore the chorus of life in Canada’s iconic wilderness. How do trees move, communicate and survive the destructive forces of fire, insects, and human encroachment? Borealis offers an immersive portrait of the lifecycles of the forest from the perspective of the plants and animals that live there."

    • Zoom meeting will open at 6:30pm so everyone can join by the 7:00pm start time of the movie. When you are ready to join CLICK HERE. (Meeting ID: 818 3181 9303 ; Passcode: 139103)

  • June 6 Noon-2:00pm (Alberta time) CFUW Orillia Homes Tour. This year's Homes Tour is virtual. 

  • June 25 - 26 Virtual CFUW national Annual General Meeting - click here for details

RECORDINGS/ON DEMAND  (only events that had recordings or can be viewed after the date of the live event are listed below)

    • March 8 to April 24 Walking to Kabul to support women's rights in Afghan peace negotiations. Click here to learn more. Note there is a Webinar on April 24 to mark the conclusion of this campaign.

    • CFUW Reads Book Club (online; join group) - April 2021 Topic: Mystery. Book: All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny. Book can be purchased or is available at Alberta public libraries: Edmonton Public Library, Calgary Public Library, Lethbridge Public Library (discussions happen ~ mid month, exact date and details will be added when available)​

    • Apr 7 4:30-6:00pm (Alberta time) Ajax Library hosting a presentation on "Women and Work: Covid-19 and Beyond". Register here 

    • Apr 14 4:00pm (Alberta Time) CFUW Moncton presents "Rising Tide Affordable housign Initiative" with Dale Hicks. 

    • Apr 14 5:00pm (Alberta time) CFUW Webinar - Indigenous Issues: Calls to Action. Register here. The event will feature esteemed panelists: The Honourable Judge Marion Buller, Bev Sellars, and Lema Ijtemaye.

    • April 14 5:00pm (Alberta time) CFUW Oshawa and District hosts Lois Gillette, President of Durham Region Field Naturalists, giving a presentaiton on "Nature in Durham Region". More details on Flyer here

    • Apr 20 5:00-6:00pm (Alberta time) TEMBO hosts a presentation with Tim Martin titled Unfinished Business: Women's Power and Potential through an International Security Lens. More information and register here (note this is a $25 event during the TEMBO Power and Potential: Women at the Forefront Event)​

    • April 22 10:00am-Noon (Alberta time) Unpacking the Federal Budget. Register here. Flyer here

      • YWCA & YMCA Canada are coming together to crunch the numbers and unpack what this year;s Federal Budget means for our communities. There will be a panel discussion and Q&A, analyzed through an intersectional feminist and youth equity lens, we'll be hosting a panel discussion to share our analysis, have a panel discussion with civil society leaders and have a Q & A

    • April 21 11:00am-1:00pm (Alberta time) Long Term Care and Elder Care National Study Group Meeting. Register here. Flyer here

    • April 22 CFUW Mediation Implementation Report Town Hall. Register Here. Town Hall will allow members an opportunity to discuss the Mediation Implementation Report and to ask questions. Click here to view the report.

    • Mar 6 8:00am (Alberta time) GWI Webinar Series: Connecting Across Generations - International Women's Day. About this webinar. Register here. (GWI member login required)

    • Mar 8 5:00-6:00pm (Alberta time) 2021 International Women's Day Project - Eight on Eight: A Canadian-Tanzanian Dialogue in Celebration of IWD. About this presentation click here.  More information and register here (note this is a free event during the TEMBO Power and Potential: Women at the Forefront Event)

    • Mar 8 7:00pm (Saskatoon time) CFUW Saskatoon International Women's Day Celebration "Empowering Women in Africa through Agriculture". More details on CFUW Saskatoon website. 

    • Mar 11 5:00pm (Alberta time) CFUW BC Council Presents: The Sustainability of Chocolate. You are invited to join Dr. Sophia Carodenuto Assistant Professor, who holds her PHD in Environment and Natural Resources Science  in the  Department of Geography, University of Victoria for a Zoom presentation brought to you by CFUW BC Council on Thursday March 11th at 4:00 PST. Register now with your Name and Club to for your Zoom link to be sent to you.

    • Mar 12 LUNAFEST Virtual Film Festival. Seven films celebrate the achievements of forward-thinking women and tell stories of perseverance, grit, and determination. Hosted by Soroptimist International York Region and Charitable Trust of CFUW Aurora/Newmarket. Learn more and register here.

    • Mar 15 - 26 UN CSW 65 (United Nations Commission on the Status of Women sixty-fifth session) held VIRTUALLY due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority theme: Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session). Click here for more information

      • More information on CSW 65 click here

      • Watch the official UN proceedings LIVE 

      • CSW 65 Registration Deadline February 22, 2021 Click here for Overview and how to register for this event

        • Registration is strictly limited to GWI National Federation and Association (NFA) and Independent members. 

          • Apply by January 29th to be a CFUW delegate​ - fill out application sent out in CFUW newsletter

          • Apply by February 18th to be a GWI delegate - register for CSW65 and GWI will review and approve the application of delegates

      • Alongside the UN Women CSW65 is the NGO Committee on the Status of Women New York (NGO CSW NY) Forum

        • The Forum functions as the civil society side of CSW65 and holds parallel events. The Forum runs at the same dates as CSW65. This provides civil society, called Advocates, the opportunity to engage in the processes and events of CSW. The Forum and associated parallel events will he held 100% virtual this year. Registration for the Forum is open and is free. Details and how to register here.

        • CFUW parallel event: Mobilizing for Impact on March 2

        • GWI Parallel Events

          • Mock Trial – Women and Girl’s Empowerment through Responsive Quality Education (Date/Time to be confirmed). This parallel event highlighting the need for Quality Responsive Education will be held in the form of a mock trial similar to a judicial system complete, with jury and participants.

          • Women and Corruption (Date/Time to be confirmed). The parallel event will address the GENDERED dimensions of corruption, as women experience corruption in unique and specific ways, and are targeted disproportionately as victims of corruption.

        • Attend the parallel event sponsored by CAMEUS (joint GWI NFA project between CFUW, the Mexican Federation of University Women, & Women-Graduates USA) on Tuesday, March 23 at 4PM ET.​

        • WG-USA CSW65 Parallel Events

          • Empowering Women of the Congo DRC through Education and Training for Equality. After decades of instability, a new movement to provide education and training for women and girls of the Congo DRC shows great promise. The event will be held 18 March 2021, 4:30-6:00pm Eastern Standard Time Click HERE to register

          • A Seat at The Table: Addressing Violence in Sex Trafficking and Prostitution. Survivor leaders and allies will discuss the 2020 Trafficking In Persons Report (TIP) and its recommendations to countries with an emphasis on justice, equality and inclusiveness. This event will be held 19 March 2021, 4:00-5:30pm Eastern Standard Time. Click HERE to register

          • Reclaiming Our Humanity: Urgent Need for Women’s Leadership in Migration Issues. The three North American NFAs - Mexico, USA, Canada (CAMEUS) - are working together by addressing the movement of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants seeking to escape poverty, violence and conflict in their countries. Experts will discuss a framework of women’ s leadership to replace the current devastating policies of the political economy, racism and isolation. This event will be held 23 March 2021, 3:00-5:30pm Eastern Standard Time. Click HERE to register

  • ON DEMAND April 2 CFUW Alberta Movie Night. Movie “Rebellion” (2020; 44 min). About: Global temperatures are rising and so are we: millions of young people rise up to demand their right to a livable planet. View trailer hereClick here to view the film

  • ON DEMAND March 5 CFUW Alberta Movie Night. Movie “Margaret Atwood - A Word after a Word after a Word is Power” (2019; 1 hour 18min). View the trailer here ; Click here to view the film

  • ON DEMAND Feb 15 - 21 Breakthrough Festival: A Celebration Of Women In STEM Join Science Friday and 500 Women Scientists for a celebration amplifying the voices of women scientists. Click here to view the films

  • ON DEMAND  Feb 5 CFUW Alberta Movie Night. Movie: “Journey to Justice” (2000; 47 min). Click here to view the film

  • RECORDING Jan 28 & 30 Dialogue Sessions to discuss the GWI Per Capita Dues motion took place on January 28th and 30th. These sessions were recorded and a summary document answering questions related to the session were compiled.

  • RECORDING Jan 13 The Long Term Care & Elder Care National Study Group Meeting invites all CFUW members to their next meeting. View Flyer here. link to recording will be posted if/when available

  • ON DEMAND: Jan 1 - CFUW Alberta Movie Night. Movie: “Conviction” (2019; 1 hour 18 min). About the film: Trailer:  Click here to view the film

  • Dec 9 10-11:30am (Alberta time; via Zoom) "HUMAN RIGHTS vs XXI CENTURY CHALLENGES" international virtual conference held in celebration of the International Human Rights Day. Click here to watch the presentation (Duration: 1 hour 49 minutes)

  • RECORDING Dec 7 The 50th Anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women Report. The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell Lieutenant Governor of Ontario invites you to join her for an important dialogue as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada report and ensuring the unfinished business of equality of women and girls. This webinar can be viewed here

    • RECORDING Elizabeth May Statement on the 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women​ click here

  • Dec 10 To commemorate International Human Rights Day and the close of the 16 Days of Activism campaign, CFUW hosted an exclusive film screening of "WOMAN" (2019). This award-winning documentary gives a voice to 2000 women from 50 different countries and sheds light on the injustices, and opportunities, experienced by women around the world. This event was a virtual screening followed by a post-film discussion. This was a limited time screening - learn more about the film here

  • RECORDING: CFUW Nanaimo partnered with Vancouver Island University Faculty Association Status of Women Committee on a multi-prong strategy to raise awareness in the community about the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence - the Bastion & VIU Art Galley were lit in orange, banners were hung, the Mayor issued a renewed proclamation, and created a playlist of 1-minute videos where community members expressed support for victims of gender-based violence.​

  • RECORDING: Dec 6 ​CFUW's Advocacy Coordinator had a virtual vigil, streamed live from the CFUW Facebook page. Click here to view the vigil

  • ON DEMAND:  Dec 4 CFUW Alberta Movie Night. Movie followed by discussion among participants. Movie: “The War At Home ” (2016; 44 min). Description: Canada’s failure to help women flee partner violence. Canada’s troubling responses to domestic violence are exposed in a new documentary and how the judicial system fails when charging in cases of gender-based violence. Directed by: Shelley Saywell. Click here to watch movie

  • Nov 30 The Impacts Of Covid On International Education And International Students. Member of Parliament Iqra Khalid in a discussion about the impact of the pandemic on international education, students and universities and its effects on research in Canada link to recording will be posted if/when available

  • Nov 26 CFUW national “A National Kitchen Table Talk for Community and Well Being” Registration is requested to attend, register for this meeting by contacting  Let’s get together to talk about what we have in common, our work towards our community and wellbeing  goals and how we can help each other by learning from each other some strategies, tactics or generating ideas for common events and tool  link to recording will be posted when available

  • Nov 24 & Nov 25​ CFUW Communications Committee invites CFUW members to a conversation (information exchange and open discussion) on the CFUW Mediation Report of June 2020. Nov 24 & Nov 25 meetings had the same questions. This was via Zoom. Information about this meeting - click here. Register to attend Nov 24 here link to recording will be posted if/when available

  • Nov 24 2pm (Alberta Time) UN Beijing+25 and Generation Equality Advisory Working Group meetings (open to all, once a month on last Tuesday of the month)Details and registration information here link to recording will be posted if/when available

  • RECORDING: Nov 23 NGO CSW/NY November Monthly Meeting on COVID-19 and Ending Violence Against WomenClick here to watch

  • Nov 19 GWI Webinar: Education and COVID 19: What are teaching and schools to be like going forward? View recording here (password: GWI*member2020)

  • Nov 18 CFUW Guelph is co-sponsoring a webinar (with Council of Canadians Guelph, and Guelph-based Imagining a Different Future Group) featuring 4 guest speakers on Basic Income. Contact CFUW Guelph for more details. link to recording will be posted if/when available

  • RECORDINGS: Oct 22 - Nov 12 GWI international advocacy webinar series “Raising women’s voices through strategic advocacy planning in a changing world of advocacy” 22 October - 12 November 2020. This 4 part webinar series explains GWI International advocacy and demonstrates how GWI members can create strategic advocacy plans of their own. 

    • RECORDING: Oct 22 GWI Advocacy 101 and the United Nations Webinar. View recording here (password: GWI*member2020)

    • October 29, 2020 “How to Become a Practicing GWI Advocate” View recording here (password: GWI*member2020)

    • November 5, 2020 “GWI Advocacy and Action: How to Create a Strategic Advocacy Plan For Today’s Distance Learning Challenges” View recording here (password: GWI*member2020)

    • November 12, 2020 “GWI Advocacy and Action: How to Create a Strategic Advocacy Plan For Gender Based Violence" View recording here (password: GWI*member2020)

  • MOVIE Nov 6 CFUW Alberta Movie Night (online via Zoom). Movie was followed by an optional discussion among participants. Movie: "Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada" (2012; 87 min). Click here to watch movie

    • Description: A National Film Board of Canada Production, written and directed by Karen Cho. Description: Feminism has shaped the society we live in. But just how far has it brought us, and how relevant is it today? This feature documentary zeroes in on key concerns such as violence against women, access to abortion, and universal childcare, asking how much progress we have truly made on these issues. Watch trailer here

  • RECORDING: Nov 4 Webinar: CFUW Advocacy Town Hall Discussion on how you can bring about change as a member of CFUW , current CFUW priorities, and a Q&A session. "Who Does What?" CFUW Advocacy Guidelines - click here. LINK TO RECORDING COMING SOON​

  • Nov 4 Webinar Panel Discussion: Universal Basic Income. Hosted by United Way Perth-Huron, CFUW Stratford Advocacy Committee is working to promote this webinar. More information on this webinar here. link to recording will be posted if/when available

  • RECORDING: Nov 2 CFUW Webinar "Women and the Arts during COVID Webinar". link to recording will be posted if/when available

  • RECORDING: Oct 30 UN Beijing+25 and Generation Equality Webinar. How the Beijing Women’s Conference Speaks to Us Today: PEACE “20 Years of UN Security Council Resolution 1325: The Link Between Peace and Gender Equity". View recording here 

  • RECORDING: Oct 21 CFUW Calgary and CFUW Calgary North (via Zoom) hosted a joint event: “Is it Time for a Basic Income in Canada?” presented by Elizabeth McLennan, leader of CACG Basic Income team, and Brian Dodd, co-founder of Basic Income Calgary. Watch the recording of this event by clicking here

  • SUMMARY: Oct 27 UN Beijing+25 and Generation Equality Webinar: "Mobilizing Action for Impact: The Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact". Webinar Summary here

  • RECORDING: Oct 22 SCR1235 TURNS 20: Time to Accelerate Action (NGO CSW/NY October Monthly Meeting). Meeting Program here, YouTube Recording here.

  • RECORDING: Oct 20 Gun violence advocates from across Canada and the United States had a video event put on by the Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns titled "A Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence". ​YouTube Recording here.

  • RECORDING: Oct 3 GWI Young Member Townhall. This town hall provided discussion space for young members to examine their GWI targets for the remainder of this triennial, with a keen focus on how global communities are fighting to emerge from the current COVID-19 crisis. Recording available to members here (password: GWI*member2020)

  • RECORDING: GWI 2019 Marjorie Shaw Fellowship winner, Mireille Widmer, presents her work in Nepal (Video). Widmer produced an insightful video summary of her ongoing work, click here

  • COURSE: Take a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), free on a large variety of subjects given by universities and organizations around the world - browse here 

    • University of Alberta MOOCs that you may be interested in:

      • Course: Indigenous Canada (University of Alberta free online course). More details click here

      • Course: In Science Literacy (University of Alberta free online course). More details click here

      • Course: Introduction to the Arctic - Climate (University of Alberta free online course). More details click here

  • COURSE in CLIMATE CHANGE: December 12th was the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Parties to this UN agreement commit to limiting global temperature increases to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. But action so far is not promising for us to achieve this goal. Check out this “Climate Change Crash Course​”  for a refresher on the causes of climate change, the urgent need for government action and climate justice, carbon budgets, feedback loops & more!

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