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April 24, 2019 - You Too? Resource Cards

Recognizing that many people have experienced sexual violence and may not know what local services are available to help, in partnership with the Winnipeg Committee for Safety, the Winnipeg Safe City Initiative is releasing You Too? resource cards. The front of these 3.5 x 2 inch cards ask You Too? in acknowledgement of the global MeToo movement that has highlighted the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault. The backs of the cards include contact information for crisis and non-crisis services available in Winnipeg, MB.

 “All Winnipeggers deserve to feel safe and welcome in our community,” said Mayor Brian Bowman. “Creating awareness about the many resources that are available is a way we can assist in moving forward. With these resources available, survivors of sexual violence can choose if, when and who they reach out to for help.”

“Whether a survivor chooses to access Indigenous-led services like Heart Medicine Lodge (Ka Ni Kanichihk) or trauma-informed resources like Klinic Community Health Centre, we want survivors to know that appropriate supports are here to assist them” - Councillor Cindy Gilroy, Winnipeg Safe City Initiative Co-Chair.

Pdfs of these cards and the poster version are available for download below. Hard copies are currently available, upon request. Please contact or for more information.

November 25, 2018 - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The 16 Days of Activism runs from November 25th to December 10th. This international campaign rallies activists, government leaders, students, academia and the private sector in many countries around the world to demand an end to gender-based violence.

The campaign begins on November 25, which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. It ends on December 10, which is Human Rights Day

To commemorate the 16 Days of Activism, Manitoba Status of Women, in partnership with the Winnipeg Safe City initiative, is releasing two posters to raise awareness of consent and victim blaming.

Manitobans can follow the international conversation with the hashtag #HearMeToo.

Download copies of the posters here or contact the MSW office to request printed copies.

September 18, 2018 - Sexual Assault Resource Team - You Are Not Alone

Winnipeg's Sexual Assault Resource Team (SART) releases new video that de-mystifies the process of reporting a sexual assault in Winnipeg. The SART team is a partnership between the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (Health Sciences Center), Klinic Community Health Center and Winnipeg Police Service - Sex Crimes Unit. The victim-centered approach adopted by SART gives victims control and choice at each step of the process in a safe, caring and gender-inclusive environment.

Other victim-centered and supportive community resources for reporting sexual assault include:

Heart Medicine Lodge (Ka Ni Kanichihk)
455 McDermot Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3A 0B5
Tel. (204) 953-5820
Fax (204) 953-5824

Sage House (Mount Carmel Clinic)
886 Main Street
Monday – Friday | 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tel. (204) 943-6379

Klinic Community Health Center
870 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3G 0P1
Phone: (204) 784-4090
Admin Fax: (204) 772-7998
Medical Fax: (204) 784-4013

Sexual Assault Crisis Line (Klinic Community Health Center)
In Winnipeg: (204) 786-8631
Toll Free in Manitoba: 1-888-292-7565
TTY: (204) 784-4097
For in person counselling, call Sexual Assault Intake: (204) 784-4059

November 23, 2017 - 16 Days of Activism - 2017

April 7, 2017 - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

February 27, 2017 - Honourable Rochelle Squires, Manitoba's Minister responsible for the Status of Women and Mayor Bowman of the City of Winnipeg commit to providing ongoing support to Winnipeg Safe City as part of UN Women's Global Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Initiative during the Global Meeting of Mayors on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment held on February 25, 2017 in Mexico City.

Province, City announce new initiatives to support safer public spaces for women and girls
September 30, 2016 - A Manitoba government and City of Winnipeg partnership is launching a number of new initiatives to support safer public spaces for women, Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Rochelle Squires, minister responsible for the status of women, and Cindy Gilroy, city councillor for Daniel McIntyre, announced today…

Edmonton joins UN's safe cities initiative to prevent sexual violence
September 7, 2016 - Edmonton is the second city to join a United Nations initiative to make cities safer for women…

United Nations Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative
September, 2016 - The City of Edmonton is the second Canadian city to become a partner city for the United Nations Women Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Initiative. Through partnership with the Government of Alberta, Edmonton will learn from cities around the globe to support the development of innovative local strategies to address and prevent sexual violence…

Manitoba Government Partners with Ka Ni Kanichihk to Provide New Supports for Indigenous Sex Assault Victims
December 12, 2014 - The Manitoba government is partnering with Ka Ni Kanichihk to provide culturally appropriate counselling and supports for Indigenous sex assault victims in Winnipeg, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for the status of women, said today…

Winnipeg Joins UN Safe Cities Global Initiative
December 10, 2013 - Winnipeg has been selected as the first city in Canada to join the UN Global Safe Cities Initiative to reduce sexual violence against women and girls, Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for the status of women, and city councillor Scott Fielding announced today…

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