The St. John's Status of Women Council/Women's Centre envisions equality and justice for all.


The St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre 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.


Guiding Principles

The work of the St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre is guided by our beliefs and commitment to:

  1. Feminism – We are committed to providing accessible services to all women irrespective of race, ancestry, age, sexual orientation and inclusive of aboriginal women, women of colour, trans women, sex workers, and women with disabilities.
  2. Community – We are committed to community building and community collaboration. We hold ourselves accountable to the broad community and to the women we serve.
  3. Harm Reduction – Our work is focused on keeping women safe, minimizing risk and working alongside them in achieving their identified goals.
  4. Trauma Informed Holistic Support and Programs – We strive to provide services that are welcoming, respectful, compassionate, supportive and appropriate to the needs of women affected by trauma.
  5. Knowledge and Understanding – We are invested in building and applying our best knowledge in the service of positive change. We consider the women we serve to be the experts on their own lives and we seek understanding.
  6. Nonpartisan – We are not influenced by or affiliated with a specific political party.


The St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre carries out its mission through the following activities:

  1. The creation of a healthy work environment for staff, volunteers, students and board members;
  2. The provision of public education and awareness on the status of women in the St. John’s area through political activism, written reports, the media and public events;
  3. The creation and maintenance of safe and supportive housing for women;
  4. The provision of responsive individual advocacy and support and group programming for women;
  5. The operation of a pro sex work(er) advocacy program;
  6. The mentoring of community agencies sharing a common vision regarding such things as governance, structure, writing support letters, event planning, and shared fund raising and proposal writing activities.

If you’re interested in our work over the past year, please access our AGM Report Here:

2018-2019 AGM Report

See a list of other regional Status of Women’s Councils in NL


Audit Reports

St. John’s Status of Women’s Council

2014-2015 SJSOWC Audit (PDF)

2015-2016 SJSOWC Audit (PDF)


St. John’s Women’s Centre

2014-2015 SJWC Audit (PDF)

2015-2016 SJWC Audit (PDF)

Our Team

Board of Directors

  • Caitlin Urquhart


  • Mary Shortall


  • Amanda Eid


  • Barbara Barker


  • Dawn Dalley


  • Dwan Street


  • Amanda Bittner


  • Amy Rebecca Hartery


  • Yvonne Thorne


  • Michelle Keep