PCWM strives to empower women to improve the quality of life for themselves, their families and society. It is a volunteer organization consisting of a federation of organizations and individual members whose purpose is to improve social conditions by influencing political decision-making and public attitudes. This common purpose draws support from people from all political parties, and members from a variety of social, economic, religious and ethnic backgrounds.
To influence political decision-making and public attitudes, PCWM mainly works by a resolution process. Resolutions are researched and written by individuals and federates (member organizations) working with the PCWM Resolutions Committee, and then debated and voted on at one of PCWM’s general council meetings. Resolutions passed by a majority of votes become PCWM policy, meaning that PCWM can speak publicly on the issue on behalf of its federates and members. Policies are presented to the government in a Brief or in letters to the provincial government.
The PCWM continues its advocacy through educational events, networking between federates and individual members, and promoting recognition of extraordinary women. If you are interested in becoming a part of this influential organization please see our Get Involved page.
The Golden Glimpses:
A History of the First 50 Years of PCWM
The Provincial Council of Women of Manitoba, Inc., (PCWM), resulted from the foresight of three local councils, Portage la Prairie, Dauphin and Winnipeg in 1949. The purpose was “to unite all provincial women’s organizations and Local Councils of Women (federates) enabling them to be a definite force to work through the government for better standards of living in the community.” The key was working in harmony with other Councils and Provincial organizations (Federates) toward the objectives of education and advocacy. Provincial councils are responsible for issues under provincial jurisdiction. We prepare an annual Brief to the Provincial Government, and Opposition Parties, based on our Resolutions.
Through the Years
Some of the issues that we have worked on over the years:
- 1949 Fair division of marital property
- 1951 Women to serve on juries
- 1956 Establishing the Elizabeth Fry Society
- 1958 Safe storage of hazardous materials
1961 Licensing of driving schools
- 1962 Teacher training at the University of Manitoba
- 1963 Parks to preserve native flora and fauna
- 1968 Implementation of maintenance orders
- 1970 Raising age of eligibility of children for family maintenance
- 1972 Employment training programs and dollars for women, including non-traditional trades
- 1973 Non-taxation of estates
- 1977 Facilities to support elderly persons
- 1980 Control of heavy metals in the environment
- 1983 Native language promotion of breast feeding
- 1983 Removal of abortion from the criminal code
- 1986 Midwifery education and licensing
- 1990 Access to resources to reduce elder abuse
- 1992 Water and Free Trade
- 1993 Integrated decision-making in land use planning, environmental management and protection
- 1996 Canadian History as a compulsory subject in senior 3 (grade 11)