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From November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10th, International Human Rights Day, CFUW will be raising awareness to help put an end to violence against women and girls.

We are thrilled to have the Senior Director for Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan speak at our May meeting. For over 10 years Welland and District Unit members have been holding and attending Breaking Bread luncheons and dinners raising money to support CW4WAfghan to ensure Afghan girls would be educated.

We were motivated to learn at the time that $700. Canadian dollars would provide a teacher for a year. Over the past 10 years we have raised approximately $10,000 for this worthy cause.

CFUW Welland and District sponsored March Break author’s presentation, was a big success, at libraries in Port Colborne and Welland and also at Pelham Meridian Community Centre on Tuesday during March Break.

Rebecca Bender Children’s Author and Illustrator presented to eager audiences at all three locations. She involved participants in the illustrating process as well as introducing them to her stories encouraging new readers, writers and artists in the writing process.

March 8th was International Women's Day (IWD), when The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) joined 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.

Vanessa Szpurko Children's Librarian at the Welland Library accepts the cheque for the Author presentation at the Libraries from Beth Jeffery of CFUW Welland and District.
This is the third year CFUW has sponsored this event as it fulfills a Club goal to support and encourage children's literacy.

Thank you Town of Pelham for responding to our request to light the arches Orange to bring awareness to the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. 

Saturday, November 25th  marks the launch of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence that starts on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on December 10, the International Human Rights Day. The campaign is national and international, and invites everyone to take action to end gender-based violence. CFUW Welland and District Unit invites you to take part in this important campaign. 

The 48th Annual CFUW Book Sale was a great success! Many thanks to our communities who donated their books and then returned on Saturday to buy more. Your generosity and the CFUW members hard work have insured that we will be able to continue to provide scholarships to a female student from each of our 8 Secondary Schools who plan to pursue post-secondary education. As well we will continue to provide monetary support to local initiatives which support women and children.

Wendy Malowany, a Wainfleet artist, presented a children's painting workshop during the Welland Museum's  March Break programming. 

To recognize Canada's 150th Anniversary, CFUW Welland and District Unit are sponsoring the following free Children's programs on Tuesday, March 14th during March Break.

Author and Illustrator, Matthew Forsythe will be presenting at 10:30 AM at the Port Colborne Public Library, 1PM at the Welland Public Library and at 3pm at the Pelham Arena's Upstairs Community room. All children and their caregivers are welcome.

To recognize Canada's 150th Anniversary, CFUW Welland and District Unit are sponsoring  cartoonist and illustrator, Matthew Forsythe who will present at all three libraries during March Break. On Tuesday March 14th, Matthew will begin his day at the Port Colborne library at 10pm speaking to interested children about his career as an illustrator and cartoonist for many children's books such as "My Name is Elizabeth", "Please Open this Book" and "WARNING, Do Not Open this Book".

CFUW Welland and District Unit held their opening reception at the Welland Historical Museum Friday evening to showcase the exhibit to honour their 75 years of operation. The exhibit is running at the museum over the summer months. President Carol Sernasie, incoming President Suzette Taylor and Corresponding Secretary Mary Szabo (also anniversary cake creator) pose for a photo before cutting the cake.

For the past 7 years the Club has hosted potluck dinners in member’s homes to ‘break bread’ together and to support the education of girls in Afghanistan. The goal, of raising funds to finance the hiring of a teacher for girls, has been repeatedly achieved by members and their dinner guests. Since beginning this project, the Club has supported the hiring of 11 teachers ($700 a teacher for six months salary).