ABout Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre
The Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre (NWOWC) is a non-profit, community-based feminist organization based out of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Our mission is to create and advocate for safe and supportive environments so that self–identified women can fully engage in their lives and communities. NWOWC works with women to increase their access to knowledge, skills and resources so they can make informed and strategic choices.
The NWOWC assists and advocates for women around a variety of issues: poverty, family, child welfare and criminal law, immigration, sexual harassment, human rights and more. We also work to increase understanding and awareness of issues that affect women such as violence, poverty, sexism, racism, sexual orientation, access to justice and human rights through presentations and information clinics.
We are also active in advocating for systemic change in public policies that negatively impact women in our community.
Two current projects include the Analysis to Action on Gender-Based Violence Project and the High Risk Navigation Project. NWOWC also hosts and runs the Good Food Box Program, which combats poverty and food insecurity by allowing community members to access fresh fruits and vegetables at a low cost.
Our Legal Clinics provide public workshops and information sessions for women about family law, legal issues and safety for women who have experienced violence, as we believe that education is essential to self-empowerment.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of volunteers, donors, and the Investing in Women’s Future Program of the Ontario Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services.