In the mid 1980s, women’s shelters in the province of Manitoba beganto work together to provide support, reducethe isolation of shelter directors, and stop the competition between shelters for funding dollars. The organization evolved, and was incorporated in 1991 as The Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters. Membership includes nine provincially funded women’s shelters as well as several affiliate members working on the area of family violence. MAWS was created to provide: support to member shelters; increased negotiating abilities with funders; shared information and resources; increased publicawareness, training of staff and improved services for clients.




  FemFest2014: She’s Got The Power!

This fall, Sarasvàti Productions’FemFest2014—She’s Got The Power will explore, define and reimagine the concept of women’s power. This 12th annual festival of life changing plays by women for everyone is a must-see event. Stories of family feuds, tattoo-covered teens, Immaculate Conception and part-time paranormal seekers will descend upon the U of W Asper Centre for Theatre and Film this September. Whether you see one production or the entire festival lineup, you are sure to leave with a new understanding of power and possibly even a tasty brownie. Please visit our website,, to learn more about the FemFest 2014 lineup and ticket purchasing options.

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2013 Global Data Count

A Day in the Life of Canada's Shelters

The first pan Canadian annual survey gives us insight into a typical day in the life of women's shelters and transitions houses across the country, bringing us the woices of the women on the front lines.  In one day 242 Shelters in Canada helped 4,178 women and 2,490 children.

Click on the following links to learn more about what one day entailed:

Shelter Voices National

Shelter Voices Manitoba




RCMP- sponsoring the 2012 Breakfast with the Guys


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Our Beliefs
& Goals

We are dedicated to the elimination of violence against women and children through a unified voice.

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Who we are

In the mid 1980s, women’s shelters in the province of Manitoba began to work together to provide support, reduce the isolation...


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Publications and Resources

Find a Colouring/Activity Book for children who are entering shelter. 

Download "Learning Through Our Clients Eyes"

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