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Funding for the RWICS Project, “Empowering Rural Women’s Voices”, came to an end on March 31, 2009.

At the Davidson workshop “Leaders for Tomorrow: Rural Women Creating Change”, there was much lively discussion about what the word “rural” meant. Did it include farms, ranches, and small towns? Did it include people living on acreages? What are the real differences in concerns and lifestyle amongst so-called “rural” and “urban” women? In the end, rather than forming an ongoing rural women’s group, the group decided to explore the possibilities of setting up an organization that linked rural and urban women. A committee was set up and the name of Saskatchewan Women’s Network was chosen. The idea of the organization at this time is to be a neutral ground, a meeting place where women and women’s organizations can exchange ideas and information, identify common issues, and perhaps link together to take action on issues of common interest. For further information contact: Amber Fletcher, Acting Chairperson, Saskatchewan Women’s Network, Telephone (306) 584-1512. E-mail Fletcher

There are many ideas for future work relating to rural women. You are encouraged to take advantage of these and other funding opportunities – ensure that rural women and Saskatchewan women benefit from their fair share of these programs!

The Saskatchewan Status of Women Office (SWO) offers International Women’s Day grants, usually advertised in late Fall with applications due around the end of December. SWO has also revised the publication Funding Sources for Saskatchewan Women and Families. Contact: Status of Women Office, 400 - 1870 Albert Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 4W1, (306) 787-7401, Fax: (306) 787-2058,

Status of Women Canada (SWC) announced on June 29, 2009 that it will be providing funding under the Women’s Community Fund. Deadline is September 30, 2009. SWC will focus its support on projects that address its 2009 priorities:

  • Ending violence against women and girls
  • Improving women's and girls' economic security and prosperity
  • Encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making roles

For the West, Northwest Territories and Yukon contact: Status of Women Canada, Suite 1001, Highfield Place,10010 - 106 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J 3L8, Toll free: 1-866-966-3640, Local: 780-495-3839, Fax: 780-495-2315, Toll free fax: 1-866-967-3640, Email

In 2009 Prairie Women's Health Centre of Excellence experienced significant organizational changes. Funding was changed from program to project funding. Many PWHCE staff positions have been redefined with a different focus. Joanne Havelock, who provided staff support to RWICS, will be moving on to other opportunities. As a result of these changes, PWHCE will no longer be able to provide the support it has given to the RWICS project. However, PWHCE will continue to retain a strong interest in the health of rural women.

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