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  • Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters

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Our Story

The Manitoba Association of Women’s Shelters (MAWS) is dedicated to providing a unified voice for women, children and all those who are affected by violence and abuse.

In the mid-1980s, women’s shelters in Manitoba began to work together to provide support to the sector’s frontline professionals, reduce the 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 Inc. (MAWS is a registered charitable organization – 88078 6892 RR0001.)

Membership includes ten provincially funded women’s shelters, as well as Associate members working on the area of family violence. 

In order to improve services for clients, MAWS was created and works to provide:

(a) leadership and support to member shelters and agencies in the gender-based violence prevention and support sector;

(b) increased negotiating abilities with funders;

(c) shared information and resources, as well as strengthened standard practices;

(d) increased public awareness;

(e) training resources for sector staff.

MAWS Annual Reports: 

MAWS 2019-2020 Annual Report

MAWS 2018-2019 Annual Report

MAWS 2017-2018 Annual Report

MAWS 2016-2017 Annual Report

MAWS 2015-2016 Annual Report

MAWS 2014-2015 Annual Report

MAWS 2013-2014 Annual Report

MAWS 2012-2013 Annual report

MAWS 2011-2012 Annual report

MAWS 2010-2011 Annual report

MAWS 2009-2010 Annual report