“We must open the doors and we must see to it they remain open, so that others can pass through."
Rosemary Brown, politician, activist


“They feel heard. They feel relief. They feel hope.”

As a counsellor, it is staggering sometimes to see the “before and after” of a counselling session. Many women have shared with us that it’s difficult to get in the door but once they do it is unlike any other counselling experience they have had. They feel heard. They feel relief. They feel hope. But […]

Maggie Burton on running for St. John’s city council and why she wants your help

I remember being shocked. It was 2013, and we had just elected a council of eleven men and zero women. Zero. * * * Although we’re a majority of the population, women usually only expect an equal voice. 50%. We’ve never got there, not on St. John’s City Council. Apparently the United Nations says that […]

For Immediate Release: Amelia Curran named Honorary Chair of the SJSWC

For Immediate Release April 19th, 2017 St. John’s, NL  Amelia Curran named Honorary Chair of the St. John’s Status of Women Council Naming an Honorary Chair allows the St. John’s Status of Women Council (SJSOWC) to highlight the work and passion of a strong woman from St. John’s. Award-winning musician, activist and feminist Amelia Curran […]


RELIEF HOUSING SUPPORT WORKER  The St. John’s Status of Women Council (SJSWC) is a feminist organization that since 1972 is continually working to achieve equality and justice through political activism, community collaboration and the creation of a safe and inclusive space for all women in the St. John’s area. The SJSWC operates the St. John’s […]

Thank you, from the creator of the Thank You Project

To our community, A young woman in our community has gone up against one of the most powerful systems in our province, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, and in doing so she stood up to a rape culture that permeates and tries to defeat us.  We do not know the identity of this woman, or if […]

Call for members to join a committee to create a forum on community safety

The St. John’s Status of Women Council will facilitate alongside community members the planning of a public forum on advancing community safety. It is our hope that  we can work towards a forum where we can bring broad members of our community together – the police, taxi companies, government, students, business and advocates and survivors, so that we can […]

PANSOW calls on Minister of Justice to implement program offering free legal advice to victims of sexual assault.

February 27, 2017   Honourable Andrew Parsons, Minister for Justice & Public Safety Cc: Honourable Cathy Bennett, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women  Re: Free legal advice for sexual assault victims We were pleased to hear last year that you were considering implementing a program which offered 3 free hours of legal advice to […]

For Immediate Release: The voices of sex workers displayed at City Hall

For Immediate Release Feb. 24, 2017 St. John’s, NL Sex Workers Speak Out: The voices of sex workers displayed at City Hall Safe Harbour Outreach Project (SHOP) and the City of St. John’s have collaborated to host a unique advocacy display, titled “Sex Workers Speak Out: Coast to Coast Perspectives About Canada’s Harmful Laws” in honour of International Sex Workers Rights […]

We’re Hiring! Program Coordinator: Marguerite’s Place

Program Coordinator – Marguerite’s Place Supportive Housing Program (Social Worker Position) Marguerite’s Place Marguerite’s Place was opened by the St. John’s Status of Women Council in 2011, to provide safe, affordable housing and supports to women over the age of thirty.  Women are invited to stay in our accessible, fully furnished bachelorette suites for up […]


A condensed version was published in the St John’s Telegram As professionals in communications, law and advocacy, we are constantly forced to recognise the power of words. When contributing to public discourse, we ask ourselves, “does my language ‘create hurdles we have to overcome before we can begin to deal effectively with complex realities?’” This […]