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

Sexual Assault Awareness Month April 2017

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Manitoba. Our goal during Sexual Assault Awareness Month is to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault, share information about available resources, and foster a greater understanding of consent.

Sexual violence is a serious issue across Canada, but especially in Manitoba. According to a Statistics Canada’s Uniform Crime Reporting Survey, in 2015 there were 1,356 police-reported sexual assaults in Manitoba. This is a rate of more than 104 sexual violence victims for every 100,000 people. This is almost two times the national rate, which is more than 59 victims per 100,000 population.

These are alarming statistics – but even more alarming is that research shows 95 per cent of sexual assaults aren’t reported to the police.

We invite Manitobans to join in a dialogue and help raise awareness of sexual assault, by attending one of the following Sexual Assault Awareness Month events:

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault – What You Need to Know

April 7, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata, 445 King Street (Event Hall)

Join Minister Rochelle Squires and experts from Ka Ni Kanichihk, Klinic, Manitoba Victim Services, Manitoba Prosecution Service, the RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service. Learn about services that are available immediately after someone experiences a sexual assault, and subsequent steps survivors can take. This session will be of particular interest to people who have been affected or have a loved one who has been affected by sexual violence.

RSVP by April 5, 2017
204-945-6281, 1-800-263-0234 or msw@gov.mb.ca

This session will also be available via webinar. Register for the Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault webinar.

Creating a Culture of Consent – Experiences from Working with Kids, Youth and Adults

April 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Brandon University (Louis Riel Room)

This panel discussion will highlight different approaches to fostering a consent culture. Panel guests include: Brandon Pride, Brandon University, the Sexuality Education Resource Centre–Brandon, and The Women's Resource Centre. Panelists will speak about their work as it pertains to consent. They will share successful practices, talk about challenges, and comment on how the conversation about consent has changed over time. Panelists will also talk about the prevalence of rape culture in our society, and about the important work being done to cultivate a culture of consent.

RSVP by April 24, 2017
204-945-6281, 1-800-263-0234 or msw@gov.mb.ca

This session will also be available via webinar. Register for the Creating a Culture of Consent webinar.

  • Visit You Are Not Alone. This website contains information on available supports, health information, police information and information on consent.
  • Participate in discussions, share information or follow social media conversations with #Consent, #SAAM2017, #EndSV, #SupportSurvivors, #ConsentCulture, #YouAreNotAlone

Please contact the Manitoba Status of Women Secretariat for more information or to request any accommodation for the events. Please note – ASL interpretation requests are required two weeks prior to event dates to secure a booking.

Unlocking the Toolkit Girls Forums

In November 2016, Manitoba Status of Women partnered with Manitoba Women in Construction, Skills Canada Manitoba, Manitoba Construction Sector Council, WISE Kid-Netic Energy, Workplace Education Manitoba, University College of the North, four school divisions and others to hold three successful “Unlocking the Toolkit Girls Forums” in Winnipeg, Beausejour and The Pas.

The Girls Forum is a one-day event to expose girls in grades 5 and 6 to non-traditional trades and STEM (science/technology/engineering/math) careers through engagement in activities and group mentorship from trades and STEM women and female students in non-traditional trades and careers. Girls learn about the importance of developing ‘essential skills’ in their school years so that they will be able to use these skills throughout their future careers. At each activity station, the essential skills used in that trade or STEM career are highlighted.

Manitoba is experiencing a shortage in the number of available skilled tradespeople; a national trend that requires a targeted multi-pronged approach by various levels of government and community stakeholders, working in partnership. Across Canada, various governments are exploring strategies for introducing girls and women to non-traditional occupations.

Women continue to be underrepresented in non-traditional occupations, specifically the skilled trades and STEM sectors (science, technology, engineering and math) in our province. Girls continue to be underrepresented in non-traditional trades training and enrollment in science, technology, engineering and math university and college programs.

More Girls Forums are being planned for 2017.

Photo of girls using bricks and mortar to build a wall.
Masonry: building
a wall with bricks
Photo of girls controlling robots.
Dash robot programming
Photo of a girl standing in front of an overturned boat. She is wearing a protective suit, eye googles, and a face mask.
Suiting up for
boat repair work
Photo of girls filling miniature sandbags and placing them around little houses in a container. The container will be flooded with water to see if the sandbags hold.
Flood proofing
with sandbags

New Release

For more information, please contact MSW at msw@gov.mb.ca.

Winnipeg Safe City

Safe City logo

A Partner in UN Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative

In 2013, Winnipeg was selected as the first city in Canada to join UN Women's Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative to reduce sexual violence against women and girls.

The Safe Cities Initiative supports innovative approaches to preventing and reducing harassment and sexual violence against women and girls in public spaces.

Manitoba Status of Women and the City of Winnipeg are partnering with UN Women, representatives from the Winnipeg Police Service and community groups on this initiative. After signing onto the initiative, Manitoba Status of Women, the City of Winnipeg and community and government representatives established the Winnipeg Safe City Steering Committee. The Winnipeg Safe City steering committee identified a five neighbourhood site to target efforts to address this serious crime.

New Releases

For more information, please visit the Winnipeg Safe City website, which contains updated information about Winnipeg Safe City initiatives and links to publications and resources.