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

4 Girls Only!

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's History month

October is Women's History Month in Canada, a time when we recognize and appreciate how women have shaped our history and acknowledge the vital contributions women make to strengthen our economy, our communities and our families.

The theme of this year's celebration hosted by Manitoba Status of Women is women and leadership. It will highlight women's contributions to and achievements in developing and growing our province's business sector. The event will feature Ms. Jodi Moskal - Chair, Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and Co-owner, Moskal Electric - as this year's guest speaker.

The celebration will be held at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with official proceedings beginning at 12:15 p.m. in the Rotunda. A light lunch will be served before the formal program.

Please contact Manitoba Status of Women by Friday, October 24, 2014 at (204) 945-6281, toll-free at 1-800-263-0234, or via email at if you plan to attend.

International Day of the Girl

The United Nations declared October 11, 2012 to be the first International Day of the Girl (IDG) to provide an opportunity to recognize young women around the world as important citizens and powerful voices of change. Canada led the call to raise awareness about the particular challenges girls face around the world and to promote girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
Manitoba Status of Women (MSW) encourages organizations and agencies from across our province to celebrate IDG in a variety of ways - big and small.  Select a theme that is important to girls in your communities and run with it: 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; or simply take some time, either individually or as a group of girls, to learn about the lives of girls in other parts of the world.

Minister Kerri Irvin- Ross will be making an announcement to commemorate the day.  Please stay tuned to our website for more details.   

Community Networking Grants

The Manitoba Women's Advisory Council (Manitoba Status of Women) is now accepting applications from organizations and individuals in the community for our Community Networking Grant for Women.

Women have told us they want opportunities to connect on important issues, build networks for community and create change together. To help meet this need, MWAC introduced the Community Networking Grant for Women in 2011 to assist groups of women from across the province to network together as peers, share resources and information, and take action on issues important to them and their communities. This grant is designed for women in rural, remote and northern communities.

In the past three years, we have provided funds to groups of women for traditional teachings, informal networking opportunities, and workshops on lateral violence, arts and crafts, improving food security and nutritious meal preparation.

Please find attached more information about the Community Networking Grant for Women, as well as the application form. Applications are due by October 17, 2014 and may be submitted by fax, email, or mail.

UN Global Safe Cities Initiative

Please join us on October 25th for updates on the UN Global Safe Cities Initiative.

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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