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



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 […]

PANSOW wants Baby Box for every child born in the province

Baby boxes first designed in Finland to ensure that every child born receives necessities (clothes, blankets and the box to sleep in) is a vital and preventative pre-and postnatal care policy.  They support healthy infant development, maternal health and knowledge and they can serve to level poverty. The educational information within the boxes is critical […]

PANSOW stands in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington – St. John’s

Provincial Action Network on the Status of Women (PANSOW) fully supports the Women’s March on Washington – St John’s. This rally joins marches globally in support of the Women’s March on Washington.  Women’s rights are human rights. From safety to pay equity, access to health care and reproductive rights we must remain vigilant so that […]

PANSOW launches #LiftHerUpNL Campaign in Response to Online Harassment of Women

For Immediate Release December 15, 2016 PANSOW Launches #LiftHerUpNL in Response to Online Harassment of Women St. John’s, NL – While online harassment of women has long been a reality, the recent proliferation of social media platforms has created seemingly unending forums for gender based cyberbullying, threats, and abuse. In response, the Provincial Action Network on […]