Commission on the Status of Women


IIWR-MB delegation the largest ever – 31 IIWR-MB members attending CSW63!

Thanks to National Council of Women of Canada, and the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace for including IIWR-MB members in their delegation, as each accredited NGO can only register a maximum of 20 delegates.



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IIWR-MB announces award of seven Citizenship Bursaries!

IIWR-MB is pleased to announce the award of 7 Citizenship Bursaries for students attending Global College, University of Winnipeg.

Mia Ryder, Shayne Bloomfield-Wong, Micaela Crighton, Darci Todoruk, Caitlin Thomas,Noelle Sagher, and Darryl Zuend all received bursaries, totaling $3,200 to cover some of the costs associated with attending the meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Dr. Jan Stewart, Director, Global College, and Nancy Cosway, CoChair IIWR-MB presented the cheques, along with Teruni Walalayadde, Lead for the IIWR-MB delegation. Darryl was unable to attend the presentation.



There will be regular postings by the delegates, using the NEWS feature of this website, and FaceBook live – so stay tuned!

IIWR-MB sponsors a Parallel Event at the United Nations!

With the support of the community, IIWR-MB is pleased to announce the panel presentation –

Youth Speak Out: Canada’s Social Protection Systems.

March 12th, 12:30 pm – 2:00

Blue Room at 4W 43rd St.

New York

with Moderator, Crystal Leach (Ma Mawi)



Youth Chief Ashley Daniels (SCO); Jenny Lay (MKO); Brittany McIntosh (NorWest Coop); and Jamilah Naso (Operation Ezra)

Note: There will be a video shown too, capturing other youth’s voices from Manitoba and Treaty 3 Territory.


Download the poster.

Attending the CSW is really an opportunity of a lifetime – to be able to attend the sessions, to share with others, and to learn about the challenges for women and girls in all parts of the globe.

For the last 2 years, IIWR-MB, because we have ECOSOC status, has led a delegation to the UN. We have sponsored panels as part of the parallel events, as a Non Government Organization (NGO). In March this year for example, the panel presented on the Mass Incarceration of Indigenous Women in Canada. The parallel events are on the themes as identified for that year’s CSW. This year the themes are:

Priority theme:    Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;

 Review theme:     Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development.

It is an amazing experience, our delegations have been diverse and full of enthusiasm.

Read more here:

Draft of the Agreed Conclusions

Backgound, including agenda





CSW62 (2018)

All are welcome to come hear

Report Back to the Community: Sharing Experiences from the United Nations!

Monday, June 18th, 6:00 pm

Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, 445 King St.


The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018.

Press Release!

Check out the CSW62 Event page on Facebook!

Themes for the meetings:
Priority theme:
Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls;
Review theme:
Participation in and access of women to the media, and information and communications technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women (agreed conclusions of the forty-seventh session);

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are welcome to attend the session. As of February 7, there are 5,400 registered!

IIWR-Mb sponsored an event with support from Senator Marilou McPhedran!


IIWR-MB Members attending the meetings of the CSW

Note: 8 members will be part of the World Federalist Movement delegation, and 2 will join the National Council of Women of Canada delegation, Grand Chief Jerry Daniels will be part of the Canadian Delegation, and Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Obashkaandagaang First Nation will also be attending, representing Treaty 3.

  • Katrina LeClerc
  • Alexandria Kazmerik
  • Erika Vas
  • Jordyn Sheldon
  • Shayne Bloomfield-Wong
  • Noelle Sagher
  • Micaela Crighton
  • Rachael Howgate
  • Fiona Favell
  • Darci Todoruk
  • Haley Hickey
  • Megan Johnson
  • Tyler Andrade
  • Mereret Alem Kahsay
  • Patricia Nosal
  • Cassie Kupfer
  • GC Sheila North
  • Hilda Anderson-Pyrz
  • Renata Meconse
  • Chantell Barker
  • Debbie Lipscombe
  • Annetta Armstrong
  • Mary Scott
  • Terrance Delaronde
  • Nicole Meged
  • Arianna Montanino
  • Dr. Julie Pelletier
  • Florence Okwudili
  • Elizabeth Aluk
  • Grand Chief Jerry Daniels
  • Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Obashkaandagaang First Nation
  • Chief Karen Batson
  • Chief Vera Mitchell

Background and Resources

  • Outline of the Student Process for application to be part of the IIWR-MB delegation. 
  • Suggested topic for a panel presentation as part of the parallel events – “The Mass Incarceration of Rural and Indigenous Women in Canada”
  • Would you like to design a possible cover for the Handbook, widely used and distributed at the CSW? January 16 is the deadline. Here are the details. 
  • Statement signed on to by IIWR-MB, prepared by Soroptimist International, regarding Rural Women. It is expected the statement will be read into the proceedings of the CSW.
  • IIWR-MB does not support the costs for any of the delegation, however there are bursaries for students attending Global College. For further information, click here.
  • There are to be a series of short videos, explaining the process, and what to expect at the meetings of the CSW, as well as practical tips for surviving in New York. The first one is here. 
  • A lot of information about the NGO Forum, and registration! 


Citizenship Scholarships given to 6 students studying human rights at Global College – include Micaela Crighton, Haley Hickey, Rachael Howgate, Alexandria Kazmerik, Shayne Bloomfield-Wong and Noelle Sagher. The $500 bursary makes it possible for these students to attend.

Members of the IIWR-MB Delegation, 2017

Micaela Crighton

Alexandria Kazmerik

Katrina LeClerc

Christine Williams

Brittany McIntosh

Chief Janice Henderson

Deborah Lipscombe

Tammy Christensen

Sedonia Deng

Grand Chief Sheila North – Wilson

Renata Meconse

Teruni Walaliyadde

Angeline Rivard

Margaret MacKinnon

Mary Scott