Matthewson returns from South African conference

Ladner's Beryl Matthewson has returned from South Africa where she was part of a delegation from the Canadian Federation of University

Women to the Graduate Women International conference in Cape Town.

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GWI is a worldwide, non-governmental organization of women graduates that advocates for women's rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality education.

Matthewson is the president of the Canadian Federation of University Women South Delta and regional director of the Western B.C. Council.

Headquartered in Geneva, GWI works with many international organizations to promote the status of women, education and equality. There are over 781 million illiterate adults in the world today and two-thirds of them are women.

"GWI works as the coordinating hub to support projects at a local level and make education a priority," says Matthewson. "When you educate a girl, the future family benefits. When a family is strong, the community prospers."

Canada sent a delegation of 18 to South Africa last month to represent its over 8,000 members from across the country to participate in the conference. The Canadian Federation of University Women works to improve the status of women, and to promote human rights, public education, social justice and peace. For more information about the South Delta club, visit or contact Linda Halls at 604-948-1250 or

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