Ottawa Resident Acclaimed Vice-President of the International Federation of University Women

susan_russell(OTTAWA – September 6, 2013) – The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is proud to announce that Susan Russell, an Ottawa resident, has been acclaimed one of four Vice-Presidents of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) at their 31st Triennial Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

IFUW is a leading girls’ and women’s global organization run by and for women, advocating for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education and training up to the highest levels, of which CFUW is a national affiliate. The IFUW Triennial Conference in Istanbul this past August attracted nearly 500 members from over 60 national federations and associations around the world who gathered to discuss women’s role in achieving a sustainable future.

Susan Russell currently serves on the Board and Projects Committee of the Virginia Gildersleeve International Fund, on the Trust of the National Association of Women and the Law, and Chairs the CFUW Resolutions Committee. She is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin University.

Ms. Russell is also a former Executive Director of CFUW and a national Life Member of CFUW. In 2000, she received a Millennium Award for her contributions as a volunteer and the National Capital Femmy Award for her contributions to women’s equality in 2011. Susan is a lifelong advocate for women’s equality with experiences that include: representing IFUW at the UN World Conference on Education for All at Jomtien Thailand; representing CFUW at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, Education Committee for nine years; serving on the National Advisory Committee to the Government of Canada (Department of Foreign Affairs) prior to the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo 1994) (ICPD); participating in the preparatory meetings for the World Summit on Social Development (Copenhagen 1995); and in the run up to the World Conference on Women, Take Action for Equality, Development and Peace (1995). She also co-authored the Girl Child section of the Canadian Plain Language follow-up document.

CFUW is a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 CFUW Clubs, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women, and to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. CFUW is the largest of the 61 affiliates of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW).

For further information contact:
Robin Jackson, Executive Director, Canadian Federation of University Women
613-234-8252 ext. 102 or


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