Welcome to our first quarterly newsletter for IIWR-MB members and supporters!

Read on to find out about board news, upcoming events and the rescheduled date for our Local to Global event...


It is truly an exciting time to be an activist.

As our 
communities contemplate ways to combat racial inequity, the possibilities of defunding or abolishing police and increase funding for social services, and whether we can save the environment from impending doom, making progress — on any or all of these fronts — feels within reach. 
Our new board has been keeping busy during the COVID-19 pandemic with virtual meetings via Zoom where we've been getting oriented and getting to know each other. One of our goals is to keep our members more in the loop about what is happening with IIWR-MB. Hence this new newsletter!

We would love to get to know all of you better and learn about your goals, too. So, because we want to reach as many people as possible, we'll be having a Meet the Board Zoom meeting on Monday, June 29th, 7:00 - 8:00 pm.

Please let us know if you can join us on the zoom call by email:

We would love to see and hear from you, whether it's for the full hour or for a few minutes. We will be chatting about our *new normals* and how we can keep pushing for equity for all genders and races during the pandemic. 

Thanks for your time and support, 

Sahla and Teruni, co-chairs, Institute for International Women's Rights - Manitoba
Sahla Mitchell and Teruni Walaliyadde, co-chairs, Institute for International Women's Rights - Manitoba

Advocacy Updates

Photo by Anthony Urso (Instagram: @anthony_urso)
Black Lives Matter 
IIWR-MB stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and communities working for justice in regards to the systemic oppression and violence experienced within our communities. We support those calling for action and encourage all our members to take the time to listen, educate yourself and then act in solidarity alongside those leading these movements. We encourage those who can to contribute money to Black-led organizations and also encourage everyone to share and amplify information, especially from Black voices. The photo above was taken by local photographer, Anthony Urso, at the Justice 4 Black Lives rally in Winnipeg June 5.

Feminist Response to COVID-19
We've launched a new campaign calling on all levels of government to develop intersectional approaches to implementing policy during the pandemic. You might have seen us talking about this in the news: 
CTV Winnipeg interview
CBC Manitoba op-ed 

We are encouraging everyone to write letters to their MLAs pushing for the campaign's calls to action be heeded. The calls to action are: 
  • Immediately apply a Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) to all COVID-19 responses and initiatives.
  • Immediately end cuts to public services, Crown corporations, and not-for-profits.
  • Establish universal child care in Manitoba.
  • Establish a living wage for all Manitobans.
  • Immediately increase EIA by $300.
  • Establish paid sick leave for all workers.
For more on the Feminist Response to COVID-19 campaign, click here.
Happy Pride Month! 
We also want to take a moment to wish everyone a happy Pride Month. Though we'd love to celebrate the rainbow community as we usually do in June 
with a march and in-person festivities — we hope virtual events and gatherings among friends and family can help tide us over until next year. 
Youth Council  
Did you know IIWR-MB has a Youth Council? The Council aims to provide youth with a safe, respectful and inclusive space where they can share their views and opinions.  
To learn more about IIWR-MB Youth Council, click here.
Global Updates
The Generation Equality Forum is a global gathering for gender equality, now planned for 2021.
Updates regarding the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Global Community

IIWR-MB has special status with the United Nations. It received ECOSOC status in 2016, giving members the opportunity to participate in discussions, meetings and events at the UN. There were 28 IIWR-MB members who were ready to attend CSW64 back in March, but COVID-19 changed everything! It was going to be a very special CSW as 2020 is the 25th Anniversary of the historic Beijing Conference and the recognition that women's rights are human rights ⁠— and vice versa. How CSW65 will be organized is yet to be determined, but we will keep you informed.

Unfinished Business 

Canada's Parallel Report (prepared by Canadian NGOs) looks at the status of women's equality 25 years after the fourth World Conference on Women. The report, Unfinished Business, includes a just released chapter on Black Women and Girls.

Generation Equality Forum
The Generation Equality Forum is intended to accelerate momentum towards gender equality, recognizing there is much to be done that requires a visionary agenda, setting out to remove the systemic barriers that hold women back from equal participation in all areas of life, whether in public or private. 

For more on the Gender Equality Forum, click here.

Women, Peace and Security

Did you know Canada has a plan for the implementation of Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security? Each year, the federal government says it intends to do a review of progress made.
To read the latest Progress Report, click here.

On June 12, 2019, Canada appointed Jacqueline O’Neill as Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security. With limited staff, she has reached out to the global community, as well as groups across Canada to advocate for women in war-torn countries and stress the importance of having women in peacekeeping and security roles.

To learn more, join the Diversity Committee!
Other events on our calendar... 

Being an effective ally training

Presented by Immigration Partnership Winnipeg

June 25 from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

read more >>  
10 films to celebrate Indigenous History Month

All available to watch online anytime.
Getting through this together

Presented by Manitoba Women 4 Women South Sudan

June 27 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Local to Global - All Our Relations

Tanya Talaga is our Local to Global keynote speaker for 2020. Photo credit: Richard Lautens/Toronto Star
Due to the pandemic, we had to postpone our biggest fundraiser of the year, Local to Global. But fortunately, we were able to reschedule and make this a virtual event happening Oct. 1!

We will have Toronto-based writer and speaker Tanya Talaga as our featured guest and local leader Sheila North as our emcee. 

The event will take place over Zoom on Oct. 1, 2020, starting at 6:30 p.m. (CST). We will be getting details out shortly about how to access and reserve your ticket. For all those who already bought tickets, we look forward to seeing you there. We are grateful for continued support from donors and the community, who have helped make this event possible. Thank you!

Please invite anyone from around the world who you think might be interested to hear Tanya speak. All money raised, including from sponsors, ticket proceeds and our online silent auction, will go to three excellent non-profits:
Stay tuned for more entertainment and virtual book club news coming soon!
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