Manitoba Family Services

Status of Women

Our objectives are:

  • Promote gender equality and the equal participation of all women in society
  • Improve the economic, legal, social and health status of women
  • Contribute to ending exploitation and violence against women

We work to:

  • identify the needs and concerns of Manitoba women
  • raise awareness of issues affecting women
  • partner with community organizations and other government departments to promote gender equality
  • bring the concerns and aspirations of women to the provincial government and ensure they are integrated into government programs, policies and legislation

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Since 1991, thousands of organizations around the world have taken part in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The campaign starts on November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day. The campaign raises awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels.

National Day of Remembrance and Action of Violence Against Women

December 6 is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and falls within these dates. It provides the opportunity to raise awareness about the larger issue of violence against women to the public and is a day marked by vigils, discussions and other reflections.

This year's National Day of Remembrance and Action of Violence Against Women sunrise memorial will take place on Friday, December 5, 2014. Please see poster for more details.

4 Girls Only!

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October 11th of each year is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the rights of girls in Manitoba and across the globe.  To mark 2014’s United Nations International Day of the Girl, Manitoba Status of Women is launching a new edition of its educational resource for girls, 4 Girls Only!

4 Girls Only! is a colourful, fun, and fact-filled guide for girls across Manitoba in grades 6 to 8 that explores real-life issues that Manitoba girls have told us are important to them.  Topics included in this revised guide include empowerment, healthy relationships, education, community engagement and the celebration of diversity.  This new and refreshed guide also includes a directory of resources that girls can access for assistance with their particular needs. 

We hope that this new version of 4 Girls Only! will be useful in your work.  Please consider ordering of copies of the guide, free of charge, to share with young women in your community.  Please note that we may limit the number of copies ordered per organization/school. 

If you have any questions or would like to order hard copies, please contact the Manitoba Status of Women office at (204) 945-6281 or 1-800-263-0234, or by e-mail at

Women in Policing

Manitoba Status of Women was pleased to partner with the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Training Conference organisers and the Federal-Provincial-Territorial Status of Women Forum to support “Advancing Women in Policing at All Levels: A Discussion Forum.” As part of the 52nd annual IAWP Training Conference, this dynamic forum brought together leading minds currently working to support and advance the participation of women in policing. Panelists discussed best practices and strategies for engaging women in policing occupations at all levels.

Manitoba Status of Women is pleased to release the discussion document:  Women and Policing in Canada: A Status Brief and Discussion Paper.

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