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Labrador West Status of Women Council



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WELCOME!

Welcome to the Labrador West Women's Centre website!

The Labrador West Status of Women Council believes in supporting women while they empower themselves to take control of their lives and make healthy choices.

The Labrador West Status of Women Council was incorporated in 1977 by a group of teachers and social workers in response to the 1967 Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada and in response to the hiring practices of the local mining companies.

A volunteer Board of Directors is elected annually to provide leadership and direction to staff on policy and activism issues on a community and provincial level.



Are you a part of the Newfoundland and Labrador feminist coalition?

Last year in May a number of feminist women from Newfoundland and Labrador came together in Port Blandford to talk about the state of women's equality across our province. Women recognized the need to find a way to stay connected in efforts to move ahead a women's equality agenda. At that time a steering committee was set up to form an independent organization known as the Feminist Coalition of Nfld and Lab.

Women in Newfoundland and Labrador often feel disconnected due to geography and heavy workloads. Women's organizations are swamped with responding to immediate needs on insufficient budgets. The government wants the public to believe that " all is well" and women are doing fine in this province, but that is not our lived reality! We need to work together to politicize our demands and take actions that will improve day-to-day life for women, their families, their communities. 

The Feminist Coalition is open to any woman or women's equality-seeking organization in agreement with our mandate. To get involved to find out more, please e-mail: femcoalnl@yahoo.ca 


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What We Offer:

Services offered in a " Women-Friendly" Drop in Environment

  • Individual and group short and long term supportive counseling
  • Supportive Counseling and referral for women in crisis, single mothers, senior women, women's health issues, child care, sexual harassment/assault, family dating violence and discrimination.
  • Out reach-general information sessions, Education-Knowing your rights.
  • Entitlements to property during separation, Savings and Investments and Pensions etc...
  • Referrals to other agencies-e.g..Legal Aid, Social Service Supports, Mental Health, Employment Services, NL Housing and Court Systems, Service Canada and Family Justice
  • Mediation Services
  • Information Library and Films
  • Space and Support for Self-Help Groups
  • Advocacy and Lobbying to promote the Status of Women
  • Liaise with other Community Agencies
  • Hope Haven, Local Food Bank, Family Resource Center
  • Sharing in Government Information
  • Direct Services, Exchange of Furniture 



MISSION STATEMENT:

We are a diverse, welcoming, friendly, safe, equality-seeking organization which seeks to help women empower themselves.

To create positive change by incorporating awareness of who we are and what we offer to the benefit of our community.


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Our Goals:

  • To educate, inform and improve and if necessary change the attitudes of the general public towards women. 
  • To provide equal employment opportunities and equal financial remuneration for women. 
  • To eliminate discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation and marital status. 
  • To educate and inform women of thier rights. 
  • To advocate to improve the status of women in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and particulary in Labrador West.



Past Successes:

  • In 2000, we received the Maritime Centre of Excellence for Women's Health Award for our work on women's health issues in Labrador West.

Recognized the need for a Women's Shelter in Labrador West and worked with other agencies to form the Labrador West Family Crisis Shelter, recently renamed Hope Haven.

  • Initiated the Well Women's Clinic.
  • Initiated Mammography Services for all of Labrador by lobbying government to set up services here.  Labrador West and Happy Valley-Goose Bay communities raised funds for the mammography machines.
  • Initiated the Alzheimer's Support Group for caregivers.
  • Initiated the Active Parenting Program and Support Group.
  • Initiated the Entrepreneurial Training Program for Women.
  • Initiated several Young Women's Conferences.
  • Initiated Breast Cancer Project and Hope Network Support Group for Women.
  • Part of the Labrador Literacy and Action Network.
  • Initiated The Women's Trade Show.
  • Initiated the Breastfeeding room in the Labrador Mall.
  • The Family Resource Centre.
  • The Effects of Mining on Women's Health in Labrador West.


 

 

Key Dates for the Labrador West Status of Women's Center

The Labrador West Status of Women Council remembers 'Key' dates throughout the year which have meaning for women and thier children.

September 8th is International Literacy Day. This day was established by UNESCO to focus public attention on literacy and to encourage action by governments, NGO's and the general public to eliminate the problems of illiteracy worldwide.

Third Friday in September is when the Take Back the Night walk takes place. This is an evening when women take to the streets to protest the violence that is happening to women and children around the world (violence usually happens at night).

October is Women's History month. During the month of October, celebrations take place to celebrate women's contributions to Canada's development past and present. October was chosen because of the historical significance fo the Person's Case.

October 18th is Person's Day. October 18th, 1929, the British Privy Council decided that women were "persons" under Canadian law and therefore eligible for appointment to the Senate. This decision came about after a lengthy legal and political struggle, for women to be recognized as persons in their own right. Up to that point women were treated like children and were said to belong to their fathers and husbands.

November 25th to December 10th starts 16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence. November 25, the International Day to end Violence Against Women was declared by women in Latin America and the Caribbean in 1981.  The day commemorates the death of the Mirabel sisters who aere brutally murdered in the Dominican Republic in 1960. Sixteen days has been set aside for 'activism' against gender violence.

December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day was established by the parliament of Canada in 1991 to recognize violence against women. The day commemorates the murder of 14 engineering female students at the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989. Also known as the Montreal Masacre.  

 

 

  

 


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