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UNCSW62 – Written Statement on the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls

In the preparation leading up to the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW62), CFUW prepared a statement on the challenges for women and girls living in rural and remote areas in accessing services.

The statement ties in with this year’s priority theme: Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Submitted on October 20th, it was proudly sponsored by the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, Graduate Women International, International Alliance of Women, The MATCH International Women’s Fund and National Council of Women of Canada. Read the statement here.

CFUW will be sending a delegation to attend this high-level meeting next March 2018 to connect with our international partners and promote commitments from United Nations Member states to empower rural women and girls.


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International Day of the Girl Child - October 11, 2017

On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child, CFUW’s International Committee highlights the interconnections between SDGs for achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls.

Read here what was put together to commemorate this day.

Consult UN Women’s website here for more information on this year’s theme “Girls Progress = Goals’ Progress: A Global Girl Data Movement”.


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CFUW Denounces the Violence against the Rohingya People in Myanmar

On September 26, 2017, CFUW joined 29 civil society organizations (CSO) to denounce the ongoing human rights violations of the Rohingya people in Myanmar. In a joint statement the group of CSO calls on the Canadian Government to press Myanmar officials to protect the human rights of the Rohingya peoples and stop the ongoing violence causing more than 410,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee their native Myanmar and seek refuge in Bangladesh. Notably, we urge the Government of Canada to “push for humanitarian access and ensure relief assistance in Rakhine State.”

Rohingya women and girls are most vulnerable to this violence as evidenced by reports of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on killings of children and women as well as massive and systematic rape and sexual violence. OHCHR identified the level of violence as “unprecedented” and “a total disdain for the right to live of Rohingyas.”

We urge the government to continue all diplomatic efforts to protect and support the Rohingya population.

See the joint statement here.


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