CFUW Saint John began in 1924 and was the first branch of CFUW to form in Eastern Canada. With such a rich history, we are proud to be celebrating our 90th year and, in honour of the occasion, we hosted the CFUW Atlantic Regional Council on October 17-18, 2014.
CFUW as an organization began in 1919, consisting then of 5 original Clubs. Today, there are close to 9,000 members in 107 Clubs across Canada with a history of corroborating on issues and taking action—both in their own communities and on a national level. Every year the organization presents its annual resolutions and briefs to the Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments. All Clubs have the opportunity to participate in the process.
CFUW holds a special consultative status at the United Nations.
As an organization, we are represented at the Sectorial Committee on Education at the Canadian Sub-Committee for UNESCO. In addition, each year CFUW sends a delegation to attend the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meetings, often holding workshops and making sure our voices are heard. Any member of CFUW may apply to be a delegate.
CFUW is also the largest member federation of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), an international network of women graduates in 61 countries. Their mission is to promote education, foster peace and international cooperation, and advocate for the advancement of the status of women worldwide.