On this page:
- Advocacy 101: the first steps for involvement at the Club level
- The CFUW Advocacy Toolbox
- CFUW Advocacy Town Hall
- Government Resources
Advocacy has been important to CFUW since its formation in 1919. The first six clubs that eventually came together to form CFUW had advocacy as a primary pillar in their community work.
Advocacy 101 for Clubs: the first steps for involvement in advocacy at the Club level
For CFUW, the first steps into advocacy can involve working with the community, studying and evaluating the annual resolutions, starting an Issues group, Following up on requests for action from both National and provincial Councils:
Working with the community:
- CFUW and the Community (pdf): For CFUW, advocacy includes community and social action. This gives ideas on how to become more involved with the community, creating partnerships.
Studying and evaluating the annual resolutions:
- Resolutions, both Proposed and Adopted: National and provincial resolutions become the foundation of CFUW public policy
Starting an Issues group:
- Starting and Energizing an Issues Group (pdf): The core within the clubs, having fun discussing issues of importance to you
Following up on requests for action from both National and provincial Councils:
- CFUW Advocacy Guidelines: The guidelines for advocacy action for CFUW for all levels of CFUW and individual members
- Who Does What in CFUW: An explanation of which level of CFUW (Club, provincial Council and National) advocates to whom
- National Initiatives: CFUW currently has five National Initiatives for Club action: Violence against Women, Early Learning and Child Care, Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, Climate Change and the Environment, and Long-Term Care.
CFUW Advocacy Toolbox
CFUW clubs work with their local politicians – this is how we expand our influence. CFUW Advocacy Toolbox is an ever-evolving collection of handouts, guides, and power points to help you, both as a member of CFUW and as an individual, to tackle issues that concern you.
- What is Advocacy? (pdf): Some definitions as well as CFUW highlights
- CFUW Advocacy Handbook: A general CFUW advocacy guide
- National Advocacy Campaigns: From CFUW policy to national action
- Act On It – Locally (pdf): This general overview of local action
- Take Action: Requests for advocacy action from National, including adopted resolutions
- Connecting with local politicians and partners (pdf): The guide to the different levels and types of government, how to meet with and write to the local politicians
- Creating Local CFUW Policy (pdf): A one-pager giving Clubs guidance on developing their own policy when necessary
- Working with Local Media (pdf): Covering the various forms of media available to local Clubs
- Organizing an All-Candidates Meeting (pdf): A detailed how-to on a CFUW favourite
- Writing Powerful Letters (pdf):Still one of the most important forms of advocacy
CFUW Advocacy Town Hall
CFUW encourages its members to use their passion and expertise to bring about change. There are innumerable social issues impacting women and girls right now that require awareness and action!
On November 4, 2020 the National President, VP Advocacy and the Advocacy Coordinator, along with 50 CFUW members, came together for town hall discussion on how to bring about change as a member of CFUW, the current CFUW priorities, the CFUW advocacy structure, and a Q&A session.
- Watch the recorded presentation on our YouTube channel
- Review the Advocacy Town Hall PowerPoint slide deck
- Review the updated “Who Does What” document