Dear parents,

The University Women’s Club of  Montreal Inc. (UWCM) is proud to spearhead the first North American competition of Olympes de la Parole right here in Canada.

 The Olympes de la Parole is an academic competition open to secondary school girls. It uses a human-rights approach to reflect on the central theme of gender equality.

If your daughter is a student in Secondary 4 or 5, then she might have been invited to participate in this competition.

The 2017-2018 Olympes de la Parole competition offers participants:

  • A platform to add their voices to the global discussion on gender equality
  • An opportunity to influence gender-responsive policies
  • Another collaborative opportunity to develop and strengthen critical thinking about the roles of technology in education and in the empowerment of Indigenous girls and women in Canada.
  • The possibility to be among three scholarship winners (first prize $2,000, second prize $1,500, and third prize $1,000)
  • The viewing of winning video productions by thousands of CFUW members, shared through UWCM and CFUW social-media sites, and used to promote gender equality
  • A certificate to honour the volunteer hours invested in the competition

Participants in this competition are required to:

  • Work in a team organized by their schools
  • Follow the competition rules
  • Present their results as a written report, an oral presentation, and a video presentation to a review panel
  • Present their work to the public (if they are winners) during the award ceremony in March 2018 where the media, policy-makers, educators and politicians will be invited to attend

About the University Women’s Club of  Montreal Inc.

UWCM was founded in 1927 by university graduate women involved in the promotion of quality education for girls and women in Montreal. The UWCM Foundation raises funds for scholarships to university and college female students in Montreal and to Indigenous girls and women at all academic levels.

UWCM is a member of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), a non-partisan, voluntary, self-funded organization with over 100 clubs and 8,000 members, located in every province across Canada. Since its founding in 1919, CFUW has been working to improve the status of women and girls, to promote human rights, public education, social justice, and peace. CFUW is affiliated with Graduate Women International (GWI), located in Geneva, and holds Consultative Status with the United Nations.

For more information, visit our websites:

Thank you for supporting your daughter’s participation.

Dr. Saôde Savary, Chemist, Ph.D. Public Health, UWCM President