Monthly Archives: March 2018

The University Women’s Club of Montreal is Proud to Announce the winners of the 1st les Olympes de la Parole Competition in Canada.

Submitted by Saode Savary, UWCM President

Press Release

Montreal, March 12, 2018 – Today, The University Women’s Club of Montreal (UWCM) is proud to announce the winners of its first North American school competition called Olympes de la Parole. This year’s theme was: How access to information technology can help empower indigenous girls and women in Canada. The following three Montreal high schools; The Study, the Sacred Heart of Montreal and Villa Maria College, agreed to participate. Their projects were evaluated by a review panel of seven members.

The first prize is awarded to Villa Maria Collège for the project on Using Raspberry Pi Technology to Disseminate Mental Health Information Amongst Nunavummiut Girls and Women.

The second prize is awarded ex-aequo to The Sacred Heart School of Montreal for the project on Aboriginal women and empowerment via technology and to The Study for the project on Université du Nord.

The third prize is awarded to The Study for the project on The Importance of Education for Ikaluit Youth.

Ms. Deidre Kahwinehtha Diome, Chairperson for Kahnawake Combined School Committee (KCSC), and panel member commented: “When I hear what these young girls have to propose, I see a model of how to reconcile relationships between Canadians and the original people of this land.”

The UWCM launched the first edition of this competition on November 15, 2107, by highlighting the relationships between the competition and the themes that will be debated at the Sixty-Second Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York from March 12-23, 2018. This competition offers a unique opportunity for Montreal secondary school girls to engage in the global conversation on gender equality and learn how to influence policies that foster a gender-equal society.

Come celebrate our winners at a Scholarship Award Ceremony on April 6, 2018, starting at 7:15 pm, at the Atwater Library located at 1200 Atwater Ave., Westmount. Light snacks will be served.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S CLUB OF MONTREAL    Founded in 1927, in Montreal, by women university graduates involved in the promotion of quality education of girls and women, the UWCM grants annual scholarships to deserving candidates. UWCM is a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 Clubs and 8,400 members across Canada. The CFUW holds special consultative status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council and serves on the Education Committee of the Canadian Sub Commission to UNESCO.

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University Women’s Club of Montreal


Telephone: 514-561-9481


CFUW Celebrates International Women’s Day








March 8th is International Women’s Day (IWD), when The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) joins others in celebrating the many women who have pushed and continue to push to break the social, economic, political and cultural barriers to gender equality. It is a day also to reflect on the progress still ahead.

“In the context of the federal budget released last week, this reflection is of significance, as it contains positive initiatives like the introduction of a ‘use it or lose it’ parental leave, increased funding for rape crisis centres, a 5-day paid leave for survivors of domestic violence,  pay equity legislation, and increased funding for skills and job training. However, the budget falls short on the policies that would be most effective in ending gender inequalities, for which our clubs have advocated: a high quality, universally accessible, national child care program, universal pharmacare and a national action plan on gender-based violence” said Grace Hollett, CFUW National President.

This IWD, members across Canada come together to participate in many exciting events, including conferences, rallies, film screenings, plays and more. CFUW National Office is also partnering with a large coalition of Canadian and international organizations, including Amnesty International Canada, Inter Pares, Planned Parenthood Ottawa and Women’s Shelters Canada, in organizing “Hashtags and Beyond: 10 years of Honouring Local Feminists”. This year’s event takes place at the Horticulture Building in Lansdowne at 6:00 PM on March 8th and features the Femmy Awards ceremony honouring local feminist change-makers, an activist fair, powerful arts performances, great food and drink, and free child care.

CFUW clubs and members are proud to make a difference, showing “The Power of Women Working Together” by supporting women’s grassroots organizations abroad through the MATCH International Women’s Fund, our official partner for the 2018 IWD fundraising project. Through this partnership, CFUW highlights the importance of activists and women’s grassroots organizations in generating change and advancing gender equality.

We are also preparing to celebrate in 2019 CFUW’s 100th anniversary as one of Canada’s historic  women’s organizations advocating for gender equality, public education, human rights, social justice, and peace, at the local, national, and international levels. Every year, CFUW and its Clubs collectively award over $1 million to exceptional and inspiring women to help them pursue post-secondary studies.

To find out more about our events, advocacy priorities, awards, as well as to find the Club closest to you, go to or email New members are always welcome.

About CFUW
Founded in 1919, the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a self-funded, non-partisan, non-profit, voluntary organization.  Close to 8400 CFUW women from across Canada promote women’s equality, human rights, justice and peace. CFUW is active in public affairs, working to raise the social, economic and legal status of women and girls and to contribute to education, the environment, peace, justice and human rights.  CFUW has special consultative status at the United Nations (ECOSOC) and serves on the Education Committee of the Canadian Sub-Commission to UNESCO.

For more information please contact:
Grace Hollett                                             Robin Jackson
President, CFUW – FCFDU                      Executive Director, CFUW – FCFDU                                 613-234-8252 or