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

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

Since 1991, thousands of organizations around the world have taken part in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign. The campaign starts on November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and ends on December 10, Human Rights Day. The campaign raises awareness about gender-based violence as a human rights issue at the local, national, regional and international levels.

For more information please visit 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

On December 6, 1989, 14 women were killed in a gender-based act of violence at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.

Manitoba Status of Women commemorates this day annually with a Sunrise Memorial, honouring the 14 women killed this day in 1989 and to remember the women in Manitoba who died this year in an act of violence.  For more information please visit National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

This year’s event will take place on Friday, December 4, 2015, at the Manitoba Legislative Building in the Rotunda from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.  This year’s program will also include a panel of young women who will share their perspectives on sexual violence on campus.

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Please RSVP to Manitoba Status of Women by Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at: (204) 945-6281, toll-free at: 1-800-263-0234, or via email at:

We hope you will be able to join us.

Community Networking Grant for Women

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The Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council (MWAC) and the Manitoba Status of Women are 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. 

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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.

For more information or to apply, please see the Factsheet and Application Form. Applications are due by December 11, 2015

Manitoba Status of Women
409-401 York Avenue
Winnipeg MB   R3C 0P8
Fax: (204) 945-6511

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

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 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

Women in Policing

Manitoba Status of Women was pleased to partner with the International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Training Conference organizers and the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) 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 released the discussion document:  Women and Policing in Canada: A Status Brief and Discussion Paper prior to the event.

Manitoba Status of Women, along with FPT Status of Women partners, is now pleased to share the report from the discussion forum:  Advancing Women in Policing at All Levels: Summary Report.

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