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


For Immediate Release: New Survey Closing in on the Impact of Domestic Violence in the Workplace

St. John’s, NL – The St. John’s Status of Women Council has partnered with the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children at the University of Western Ontario to launch a critically important survey on the impact of Domestic Violence on workers and workplaces in Newfoundland and Labrador. A national survey […]

For Immediate Release: March On St. John’s announces Solidarity Rally

Rally to End Family Separation June 30, 2018 – 1 p.m. In the spirit of equality, diversity, and inclusivity, Canadians across the country will rally in protest of the Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance and Family Separation policy in the United States – and to demand a strong response from our government here in Canada. Despite […]

PANSOW calls for changes to justice system following the death of two women at the NL Correctional Centre for Women

The Provincial Action Network on the Status of Women (PANSOW) stands in solidarity with families of incarcerated women. We join them in calling on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to initiate long overdue changes within our provincial justice system. The 2008 report, Decades of Darkness: Moving Towards the Light – A review of the […]

PANSOW seeks clarification regarding mandatory counselling for Mifegymiso

The following letter was sent to the Hon. Dr. John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services via email at the end of May 2018. PANSOW requested clarification on his comments regarding the need for women to receive counselling before being prescribed the abortion pill, Mifegymiso. To date, no response has been received from his […]

Doing Politics Differently: Drawing on Inuit Tradition and Winning Elections in Hopedale, Labrador

Rachel Saunders, newly elected Ordinary Member of the Nunatsiavut Assembly representing Hopedale, talks about her motivation, process, and winning strategy. Rachel Saunders is making waves along the North Coast of Labrador for doing politics differently. We (Maggie Burton and Caitlin Urquhart) spent some time in May traveling the Coast and working with Nunatsiavut Status of […]

For Immediate Release: PANSOW statement on MHA attendance at celebration of Eddie Joyce

Everyone loves a celebration. However, the Provincial Action Network of the Status of Women (PANSOW) must question the timing of the recent celebration of MHA Eddie Joyce’s 25 years of public service in politics. Mr. Joyce is currently under investigation by the Commissioner for Legislative Standards amid allegations of harassment and bullying. Mr. Joyce, while […]

SHOP releases campaign targeting stigma against sex workers

It’s time we turned the tide on how we talk about sex workers. The right words can make a huge difference. They can help enforce self-worth, respect, and humanity — especially when it comes to the lives of sex workers. Words count. The Safe Harbour Outreach Project (SHOP) exists to advocate for the human rights […]

Statement in response to NLCCW’s women’s letter

We are in awe of the strength of women in the Newfoundland and Labrador Correctional Centre for Women (NLCCW) in Clarenville, who have written a letter addressing their grief and distress following the recent death of two women they were incarcerated with. As advocates for women across our province, we know the importance of amplifying […]

Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability Report on Femicides in Canada

Posted on behalf of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability Jenny Wright, Executive Director of the St. John’s Status of Women Council is a member of the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability’s (CFOJA) Expert Advisory Panel. The following report was prepared by the CFOJA and captures data from the first four […]

Statement on the tragic death of an incarcerated woman in Clarenville

With the recent news of the death of a woman who was incarcerated in the Newfoundland and Labrador Correctional Centre for Women in Clarenville, our immediate thoughts went to her family and loved ones, and all the women who remain in the Clarenville prison. We mourn and remember her. For the last five years, staff […]