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

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

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For more information, please contact MSW at

Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council:

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence is an annual international campaign designed to raise awareness and direct action towards ending gender-based violence. The campaign runs each year from November 25 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10 - International Human Rights Day, emphasizing that violence against women is a Human rights issue.

Institutions, organizations and individuals can participate in the ‘16 Days Campaign’ in numerous ways, including: community mobilization, information and resource sharing, designing media and art, and policy advocacy.

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.

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