CFUW Awarded Recognition Award for International Women's Day Project
In May of 2020, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Guelph Chapter was awarded with the Ontario Council of CFUW Recognition Award. This award acknowledges significant projects or activities undertaken by CFUW Ontario clubs that support the advancement of women, human rights and the common good locally, nationally, and internationally. This award recognized their work to highlight International Women’s Day alongside Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, Zonta Guelph, and the University of Guelph. The 2020 iteration of this long-standing partnership was designed to highlight the feminist movement in Canada by showcasing significant achievements in women’s rights in Canada over the past 100 years.
After reviewing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals around Gender Equality, CESI's Research Shop students researched significant policy achievements, political events, and political groups that have impacted women’s rights in Canada over the last 100 years. They also considered the various resolutions that CFUW has developed over its 100 years of operation. This research was summarized in a series of fourteen posters entitled “Celebrating Women.” Each poster provides a brief overview of the milestone, outlining the nature of the fight, noting the impact on Canadians and describing what the achievement looks like today. These posters were displayed at the 2020 International Women’s Day event held in Guelph. This project will continue to contribute to the community via a display at the Guelph Public Library during October's Women's History Month, as well as opportunities through Women in Crisis and Zonta Guelph activities online and in person.