Status of Women

You Are Not Alone: An Online Resource on Sexual Violence

Manitoba Status of Women is pleased to announce the launch of the website, You are not alone, for those experiencing or who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives.  We aim to ensure that every woman and girl in our province has the opportunity to reach her full potential and lead a happy and fulfilling life free from violence and discrimination.  We hope this website increases your knowledge and awareness about sexual violence and that you find these resources useful.

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Winnipeg Safe City

In December 2013, Winnipeg was the first city in North America to join the UN Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Initiative, a global campaign which seeks to end harassment and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces.

Currently, there are two intervention sites: one in downtown Winnipeg and the other at The University of Winnipeg.

This work, co-led by Manitoba Status of Women and the City of Winnipeg, includes partnerships with The University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Police Service, Klinic Community Health, Ka Ni Kanichihk and SANE Nurses/Health Sciences Centre Winnipeg.

For more information, please see:

Winnipeg Safe City: Working for a City Free From Violence Against Women and Girls

UN Women’s Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Initiative

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

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

January 2016 Marks 100 Year Anniversary of Voting Milestone for Women

January 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of some women getting in Manitoba the right to vote and hold office. Although this is a historical achievement and one deserving of acknowledgement, many women (and men), continued to be denied this basic human right for decades longer on the basis of race, disability, employment or religion – often amid much resistance and controversy. 

To honour this important step in the ongoing journey toward women’s full participation in politics, Manitoba is proclaiming January as Women’s Equality Month and has planned several initiatives and events, including:

  • A new History of the Vote online resource, highlighting the long and complex journey for voting and political rights and equality for women in Manitoba – one that extended far beyond 1916

  • Special banners that will be on display on the Legislative Grounds throughout the year to mark the 100th anniversary

  • A special image commemorating electoral progress, to be on display on the external dome of the Manitoba Legislature in January

  • Presenting Because it’s 2015 at the Union Centre on January 13, 2016, a presentation on Manitoba’s voting patterns and other issues related to women in politics, with Dr. Andrea Rounce, Associate Professor with the University of Manitoba’s department of Political Studies. (RSVP required.  Contact MSW at or 945-6281 for details.)

Break the Silence on Violence Against Women

The Manitoba government and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are working together to help end violence against women. Everyone has role to play to speak out about violence against women and work together to create a culture where violence is unacceptable. Visit the Stop the Violence webpage for more information and to help Break the Silence on Violence Against Women.

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International Day of the Girl

The United Nations declared October 11, 2012 to be the first “International Day of the Girl”.  The day was embraced globally as a moment to celebrate girls and to call for greater action to protect their rights, dignity and enable them to fulfil their potential.

Manitoba Status of Women will once again be holding a special event to celebrate this important occasion. We have selected 30 girls from across the province to join us for a fun and interactive day that will focus on encouraging girls to discover the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and raising the profile of women working in these fields.

Although nominations for this event have closed, we encourage organizations and agencies from across our province to hold events of their own.  Here are just a few ideas you can do in your community:

  • Plan a luncheon, a walk, a lecture at your school or in your community.
  • Get a group of girls together to participate in a service project in your community.

  • Take some time, either individually or as a group of girls, to learn about the lives of girls in other parts of the world, especially those that don’t have the same opportunities.

Make sure October 11th is just the beginning.  We encourage you to support girls, to speak out and take the lead in creating the world we want for girls, and for all of us!

Nadia Kidwai, Manitoba Womenís Advisory Council Chairperson

Nadia Kidwai, Manitoba Womenís 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

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 2014ís 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

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