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

International Day of Girl

As you may know, the United Nations declared October 11, 2012 to be the first International Day of the Girl (IDG) to provide an opportunity to recognize girls around the world as important citizens and powerful voices of change. Celebrations of IDG give us an opportunity to highlight the rights of girls, and to advocate for greater action and investment to enable girls to reach their full potential.

Manitoba Status of Women (MSW) (in partnership with the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba and Brandon University) will be holding a special event to commemorate this internationally observed day.  This event, hosted by the Minister responsible for the Status of Women, will take place on October 16, 2015 and will serve to: encourage girls from our province to explore the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and raise the profile of women working in these areas. 

We are seeking nominations from Superintendants, teachers and school staff for girls in Senior 1 through Senior 4 (average ages 14 to 18) from across the province to join us for a fun day of learning that will feature a range of activities, beginning with a series of interactive research profiles at the Manitoba Legislative Building, presented by some of our province’s top women scientists.

Girls will also have the opportunity to receive guided tours hosted by the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba where they will be paired with current undergraduate and/or graduate student mentors to learn more about these exciting fields of study.

Please distribute the attached Nomination Forms widely in your schools.  We hope that girls from your area will be interested in being nominated for this great opportunity.  There is no cost for girls and their chaperones to attend.

Nomination deadline is September 25, 2015.

If you need more information, please call us at 204-945-6281; toll free at 1-800-263-0234; or by email at

Sexual Violence Knowledge Exchange


Sexual Violence Knowledge Exchange

The event will take place on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Central time.  To view the webcast, please click on this link:

You can run the webcast over any browser.  We find Firefox or Internet Explorer work best, and please ensure they are up to date with all plug-ins.  Participants will be able to view the webcast and email questions to the knowledge exchange organizers on the day the event is live.  The webcast will also be available for viewing for 30 days after the live event.

You can test your system in advance to ensure you will be able to access the webcast when the event goes live on June 17.  To run this test, click on the link above, log-in and go to the video page, and in the bottom right corner you will see a “Test your system” link.  Should you run into difficulties, you can contact your information technology support people to assist you.

Fact Sheet - Addressing Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada (PDF 300KB)

Fact Sheet - The Nature and Extent of Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada (PDF 307KB)

Issue Brief: Sexual Violence Against Women in Canada (PDF 1.14 MB)

Nadia Kidwai, Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council Chairperson

Nadia Kidwai, Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council Chairperson

The Manitoba government is pleased to announce Ms. Nadia Kidwai, of Winnipeg, has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council.  Ms. Kidwai was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales.  After graduating from Oxford University with a B.A. and M.A. in Politics and History, she moved to Winnipeg in 2004.  Ms. Kidwai has extensive background in addressing issues affecting immigrant and newcomer populations.  Ms. Kidwai’s work has included community development and capacity building, working with many diverse grass roots and non-profit organizations including the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM), the Canadian Community Economic Development Network, and the Islamic Social Services Association.  Ms. Kidwai is also a program coordinator for Next Up Winnipeg, a youth leadership program and a Co-Chair of The Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-Manitoba).  She is also the proud mother of 2 young boys.  The Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council looks forward to working with Ms. Kidwai on promoting gender equality; improving the economic, social, legal and health standing of women in Manitoba; and working to end exploitation and violence against women.

January 29, 2015 - Manitoba Government Announces New Appointments to Women’s Advisory Council

UN Safe Cities

Winnipeg has been selected as the first city in Canada to join the UN Global Safe Cities Initiative to reduce sexual violence against women and girls. The Safe Cities Initiative will generate innovative approaches to preventing and reducing harassment and sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces. Manitoba Status of Women is partnering with UN Women, representatives from the Winnipeg Police Board, Winnipeg Police Service and community groups on this initiative. This steering committee will identify which locations in Winnipeg require targeted efforts to address this serious crime.

December 10, 2013 - Winnipeg Joins UN Safe Cities Global Initiative

December 12, 2014 - Manitoba Government Partners with Ka Ni Kanichihk to Provide New Supports for Indigenous Sex Assault Victims

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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