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

Power Up

Manitoba Status of Women is now accepting applications from organizations for our Power Up basic computer course.

Power Up is an introductory computer course for women. The course is intended to promote the importance of technology for women in today’s society/marketplace, to build confidence, and to provide training in a non-threatening environment.

Download the application form for Power Up funding as a fillable form pdf or printable pdf.

Applications are due by August 31, 2016 and may be submitted by fax, email, or mail.

For more information about Power Up funding, please contact Manitoba Status of Women at 204–945-6281 or toll - free at 1 -800-263-0234 or email

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.

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

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