Treasurer Lynn is the Vice-President of the Canadian Federation of University Women Aurora Newmarket (CFUWAN). She was thrilled to be invited to join the Canadian delegation of 17 attending the 63rd Conference of the Status of Women (CSW63) at the UN in New York. The priority theme for CSW63 was social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable development, and the empowerment of women and girls.
CFUW is an organization of over 8000 women in Canada that are committed to the pursuit of knowledge, promotion of education, improvement of the status of women and human rights, and active participation in public affairs in a spirit of cooperation and friendship. CFUW holds special consultative status with the United Nations (ECOSOC) and belongs to the Education Committee of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.
As a delegate to the UN Lynn met many women showing leadership in addressing issues such as the need for inheritance rights of widows in India, the elimination of child marriages in Yemen and female genital mutilation in Kenya. Of particular interest to Lynn was a presentation on the role Canadian families in giving girls the confidence to pursue a career in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The highlight for Lynn was the opportunity to meet Canada’s Minister of the Status of Women and International Development, Maryam Monsef. Members of the CFUW delegation met with Minister Monsef to discuss the need for a National Child Care Program.