Member of the National Council of Women of Canada since 1893
Membre du conseil national des femmes du Canada depuis 1893


March 7, 2016

Montreal wants more streets and parks named after prominent women who contributed to the city's history.

The City of Montreal is pushing to make its streets and landmarks a more equal place for women. Women’s names only make up 6% of the 6 000 place names in Montreal where men’s names represent more than 50 %. The administration is asking the citizens’ help to come up with a list of prominent women who deserve a road or a park named in their honour.

To do so, the City has created a web page Toponym' Elles where people can nominate candidates. The goal is to have 375 names by the city's 375th anniversary in 2017.

Click here to submit your suggestions (in French only).

December 8, 2015

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence:
November 25 - December 10

Justice Minister, Jody Raybould-Wilson, outlined the first phase of a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women at a news conference in Ottawa today. “It is a national tragedy that requires an urgent national response,” said the Justice Minister. “Addressing violence against indigenous women and girls is a priority for this government” said status of women minister Patricia Hajdu. The actual inquiry will take place in 2016.

This announcement is particularly welcomed by MCW who have been working toward this aim.

November 23, 2015

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence:
November 25 - December 10


November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, kicking off 16 days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence through to 10 December, Human Rights Day. Locally, this also encompasses the December 6 National Day of Commemoration of the Polytechnique Tragedy, and MCW's Woman of the Year award lunch on December 4 to honour a woman who has made an outstanding contribution towards the prevention of violence against women.

Violence against women is not inevitable. With a combination of specialized programmes, holistic policy, and a mobilized global movement, we can prevent violence against women and girls before it happens.

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October 7, 2015

UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015
September 25-27, 2015, New York

September 27 was a turning point in the journey towards gender equality worldwide. As 80+ Heads of State and Government gathered at UN Headquarters to make solid commitments to women's empowerment, they began a new chapter for both women and men everywhere.To quote UN Women's Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, "I hope this starts the beginning of the end of gender inequality."

For more details on the Summit, please click here to access the UN Women site and "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality".

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September 8, 2016

Penny Rankin, Co-Chair of  Refugee Support Program at the St. Matthias’ and St. Mark’s Anglican Churches will speak to the MCW membership about Sorrows, Stories, Statistic and Strategies:  A Crisis Unfolding.

For more information, click here

May 19, 2016

We would like to thank all the members who attended our Annual General Meeting on May 19, 2016 and who partook in our Silent Auction. Altogether we raised $ 525.75 which will be donated to the National Council of Women of Canada Development Organisation (NCWCDO).

Established in 1985, the NCWCDO is dedicated to the support of projects in Canada and developing countries directed to educational and social welfare programs to improve the quality of life for women and their families.

Thank you for your generosity and your support.

The Montreal Council of Women, 120 years and counting ...
A retrospective
2015 MCW Book cover

The MCW launched their 120th anniversary book on December 4, 2015 on the occasion of the 2015 Women of the Year awards luncheon. The book is a a history of the various groups, organisations and individuals who are part of the Montreal Council of Women.

Copies can be obtained at a cost of $20.00 each by contacting B. Destounis (, S. Gyles ( or

Order your copy today and don't miss out on having a record of the history and contributions of the women of Montreal!