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.

On our web site, you can find out more about us and the work we do,  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.



We are excited about plans for

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

May 1st

Visount Gort Hotel

6:30 Doors open   7:00 Program begins

Speaker: Ketty Nivyabandi – Peace Activist, Refugee from Burundi

Emcee: Marcy Markusa

Displays; Refreshments; Raffle; Door prizes; Special Entertainment

Tickets only $35.00, $20 for students

See more on facebook

And tickets available on Eventbrite

All are welcome!

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!

You can see more about the recent activities of IIWR-MB in the most recent Annual Report.


Join us in education, awareness and action …