- CFUW advocates for women’s equality in Canada and abroad, and is concerned with a wide range of other public policy issues important to women, including: aboriginal affairs, education, the environment, peace, justice and human rights, among others.
- CFUW advocacy is guided by the policies voted on by CFUW members every year at our Annual General Meeting.
- These policies come from the grassroots of our organization and are the result of extensive research, debate, and consultation.
- At the national level, we monitor federal legislation and policies and stay in contact with the Government of Canada and other government officials to communicate our members’ views.
- See the list of recent Advocacy Activities.
Recordings of these events are available by clicking on the following links:
- Rebecca Prince-Ruiz on reducing single-use plastics
- Diana Beresford-Kroeger in conversation with Bill Steer on the key role of trees
- Seth Klein on mobilizing Canada for the climate crisis, introducing Sabah Ibrahims
SINGLE-USE PLASTICS AND PLASTIC PACKAGING: CFUW Nepean Resolution 2021
RESOLVED, That the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) urge the Government of Canada, and the Provincial, Territorial, and Municipal Governments to expedite the ban on single-use plastics (plastic checkout bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery, and food ware made from hard-to-recycle plastics) and to expand the ban to include all problematic and unnecessary non-recyclable plastics including plastic wrapping, plastic tampon applicators, disposable plastic beverage cups, plastic bottle caps, lids and plastic labels on containers;
RESOLVED, That CFUW urge the Government of Canada to implement Canada’s Plastic Science Agenda (CaPSA) and, with the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment, to provide funding for, as well as following up on and fully implementing, a Canada wide strategy on zero plastic waste;
RESOLVED, That CFUW urge the Government of Canada, and the Provincial, Territorial, and Municipal Governments to fully fund and promote programs to educate the public about the dangers caused to habitat, the environment (including fisheries and oceans) and to human health by discarded plastic waste;
RESOLVED, That CFUW urge the Government of Canada and the Provincial, Territorial and Municipal Governments to use incentives including start-up funding to create alternative uses for discarded plastics, biodegradable alternatives to single-use plastic packaging and to work with academics and industry to support the creation of alternative uses for discarded plastics;