What are resolutions?

Resolutions are issues of concern which are identified and investigated in order to take a position that will influence positively the conditions of women and girls in a given context. These topics can stem from local, national or international domains and conform to CFUW’s mission and interest.

Resolutions are often proposed by CFUW Clubs. They are reviewed nationally by all sisters’ Clubs before being amended and proposed for adoption. Those proposing a Resolution are called «Proposers».

Resolutions proposed and amended are not necessarily adopted. Adoption is voted at the CFUW national AGM.

Resolutions and policy

Adopted resolutions are translated into policies that serve as catalysts to fuel advocacy and actions.

The CFUW – FCFDU Policy Book 1964-2015 is structured around 10 concepts articulated in 47 policy domains: Aboriginal (1), Children (2), Safety (3), Culture (4), Social Problems (5), International (6), Education (7), Environment (8), Health (9) and Laws and regulations (10). Several policies are assigned to each domain.

This 280 pages book includes all resolutions that were adopted by CFUW including UWCM Resolution on Women Financial literacy. It is available online for members at:


Before its adoption, a Resolution must undergo a multistep process that involves: problem identification, validation, formulation, consultation/discussion, solution and implementation. This process is summarized in 15 activities as described below.

Process synopsis in 2016-2017

  1. Identify an issue of concern.
  2. Validate in the Policy Book that the issue has not been the subject of a policy.
  3. Decide with the Resolution Committee of your Club on proposing a Resolution.
  4. Complete Intent to submit a Resolution Formand send it to the National Resolution Committee at resolutions@cfuw.org.
  5. Investigate about the issue and set the scope of the Resolution to be proposed: data collection and analysis, challenges, objectives, jurisdictions, implications, impacts and outcomes anticipated. This information is used to build a Draft Resolution.
  6. Submit the Draft Resolution to the National Resolution Committee for review.
  7. National Resolution Committee provides feedback and sends Proposed Draft Resolution Package to the proposing Club.
  8. Resubmission of Draft resolution based on feedback.
  9. Online distribution of proposed Resolutions to sisters ‘Clubs for comments, discussion and amendments.
  10. Study and validation of comments and amendments to be accepted or rejected in the final draft resolution.
  11. Amended Draft Resolution is sent to all Clubs before the AGM.
  12. Presentation of the final Draft Resolution by a representative of the proposing Club at CFUW annual AGM.
  13. Adoption or rejection of the Resolution.
  14. The adopted Resolution becomes new policy and is incorporated in CFUW Policy Book.
  15. Proposing Club works with National Resolution Committee for the implementation of the new policy locally and nationally.

Deadlines associated with the Resolution Process

  • November – Complete the Intent to Submit a Resolution form for next year national AGM.
  • January – Submission of completed draft proposed resolution.
  • February – Final draft resolution sent out to National Office.
  • February- Period when all Clubs are consulted on the proposed resolutions and suggest amendments/comments.
  • April – May- Study of amendments.
  • After May – Amended Draft Resolutions sent to all Clubs.
  • June – Presentation of Draft resolution for adoption during CFUW national AGM.