OTTAWA, March 9, 2011 – Susan Russell, who served as the Executive Director for CFUW’s National Office for over 11 years, was honoured with a “Femmy” award for her years of feminist activism. Russell received her “Femmy” last night at Ottawa’s annual International Women’s Day celebration.
Russell has been a tireless advocate for the rights of women in Canada and abroad. During her term as Executive Director, she leveraged the collective power of the Canadian Federation of University Women to lobby for a Canadian foreign policy that recognized the distinct situation of women in situations of conflict and disaster. As a member of the Ad Hoc Coalition, she contributed her expertise and her time to ensuring that women’s voices were part of democratic debate in Canada.
A special mention was made for Russell’s commitment to mentoring younger women – her friendship, advice and support is always given with selfless generosity. Women of all ages, from different backgrounds and experiences have all found encouragement, camaraderie and a mentor in Russell.
The event, celebrating 100 years of International Women’s Day, was the perfect venue to honour Russell’s dedication and fierce passion for gender equality and human rights.