Welcome to the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba website 

An organization in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations!

 Are you curious about the local and global issues impacting women and girls? Do you have a passion for women’s human rights? Do you enjoy planning events, advocacy or helping others? Then consider becoming a member of the Institute for International Women’s Rights-Manitoba.

IIWR-MB is open to all individuals, as well as organizations that have an interest in promoting women’s human rights. By becoming a member, you will learn more about local rights-based events and organizations, have the opportunity to attend meetings at the United Nations in New York, network with other like-minded individuals, participate on our Advocacy and Event Planning committees, and be able to promote your human rights events by using the IIWR-MB platform.


WINNIPEG Sign is Orange! November 25, 2018. First day of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. Photo Credit: Mayor Brian Bowman

On our web site, you can find out more about us and the work we do;  check out the NEWS section to get the latest updates about IIWR-MB and community activities. Beginning soon, we will be posting blogs from the IIWR-MB delegates attending the meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. You can get information about our upcoming events and learn about some of the exciting campaigns we’re involved with. Our board and membership is diverse and multi-generational,  full of inspiring women and men, who are all committed to generating education, awareness and action to promote women’s rights. We are always looking for new members and fresh ideas so contact us if you want to get involved!

Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Institute for International Women’s Rights – Manitoba (IIWR-MB) is founded to generate education, awareness, and action to promote women’s human rights, locally and globally. IIWR–MB is provincially incorporated as a not for profit corporation. We had our inaugural meeting in March, 2013. We are a community based organization, with diverse membership, working towards a world with respect for the dignity and lives of women and girls.

In July, 2016, we received the designation of Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Thanks to all who attended the 5th Annual Meeting of IIWR-MB!

We wish to thank the many community members and organizations that have supported IIWR-MB this last year, and we are excited about working together to promote women’s human rights, locally and globally!

Teruni Walaliyadde speaks about the Round Table discussion leading up to the decision to support a Canadian Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security at the AGM on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

IIWRMB Annual Report for 2017 as presented to AGM October 2018

Most recent action: August 9, 2018, Signed on to a joint letter to express support to Canada for its recent position on the detention of women human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia. We joined Canada in urging Saudi Arabia to release women’s rights activists Samar Badawi and Nassima al-Sada, and commend Minister Freeland for her uncompromising stand for human rights, and for her bold leadership in walking the talk on women’s rights globally. Want to get involved on the Advocacy Committee? Send an email to advocacy@iiwrmb.ca!

Thank you Winnipeg!

Local to Global 2018: Women At The Heart of Peace.

A wonderful event with all proceeds going to House of Peace; Make Music Matter; and bursaries for students studying at Global College, University of Winnipeg. $3,500 was donated to each of the 3 organization!

Ketty Nevyabandi with members and supporters of IIWR-MB at Local to Global 2018: Women at the Heart of Peace


The wonderful Burundi Dancers – INYAMBO


Co Chairs, Nancy Cosway and Florence Okwudili


Ketty Nevyabandi speaks to 200 guests at Local to Global 2018: Women at the Heart of Peace

with wonderful Emcee: Marcy Markusa, host of Information Radio

Displays; Refreshments; Raffle; Door prizes; Special Entertainment

See more photos on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstituteInternationalWomensRightsManitoba/


Ketty Nivyabandi was a leader in mobilizing women in protest against her country’s government and this eventually led her to flee from persecution, to Canada. As a refugee, Ketty continues to be a voice for peace and rule of law in her country –Burundi– and she will speak on human rights, refugee issues, the intimate effects of conflict on women’s lives globally and her work as Media Associate for the Nobel Women’s Initiative.


We held a special program for the launch of 16 Days of Advocacy for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th!  From 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The program, Getting Back Up: Resilient Women in the Face of Violence, featured the Voices of Women – local voices, global voices, group voices and a concluding voice. You can check out more photos here. 




By becoming a member, you will experience a community of enthusiastic individuals dedicated to enhancing women’s human rights! The IIWR-MB is a not-for-profit organization, reaching out to diverse individuals and organizations. Based in Winnipeg, IIWR-MB is founded to generate education, awareness, and action to promote women’s human rights.

The Advocacy Committee of IIWR-MB has developed a  “Resources” section of the web site, and we encourage everyone to review it, and see the organizations and resources that are available to promote women’s rights. Recently, IIWR-MB signed on to a letter urging support for women’s participation in the meeting (to be held in Vancouver, January 2018), for peace talks with North and South Korea

You can check out more on upcoming events on the  IIWR-MB calendar. Please add your event to the calendar as well.

Click here to learn more about becoming an IIWR-MB member! We thank you for your interest and support!

Join us in education, awareness and action …