Advocacy Organizations

Graduate Women International (GWI)

GWI advocates for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality secondary and tertiary education, and training up to the highest levels. The vision is 100 per cent of girls and women in the world achieving education beyond primary school. GWI has national affiliates in 60 countries and individual members in more than 40 others.

GWI provides a global voice for women graduates, working for the adoption and implementation of international agreements that will protect and benefit all women and girls. GWI is an active advocate with the United Nations and other international agencies. These agencies play an important role in supporting country governments to develop and implement policies.

Canadian federation of University Women (CFUW)

CFUW’s vision is of a strong national organization working to ensure that all girls and women have equal opportunities and equal access to quality education within a peaceful and secure environment where their human rights are respected. The vision includes a world where poverty is reduced, discrimination eliminated, where there are equal opportunities for leadership, employment, income, education, careers and the ability to maximize potential.

CFUW – Ontario Council

Ontario Council’s mandate is to enhance the status of women and girls, promote education and encourage the participation of members in their communities. Ontario Council Standing Committees in Legislation, Education, and Status of Women and Human Rights were developed to keep members aware of current issues in Ontario.

Toronto Caucus is not a layer of CFUW but a caucus organized in response to issues of concern to all the Toronto Clubs. The caucus explores and studies current issues that affect women as well as social justice issues with a view to advocacy. The caucus was started in 1998 when Toronto was amalgamated. The two issues that members are focussing on at present are an annual fundraiser to support a national scholarship in memory of the women murdered at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in 1989 and promoting Universal Early Learning and Child Care in Canada.