Immigrant Women Advisory Committee

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The Immigrant Women’s Advisory Committee (IWAC) is a diverse group of women who work together to create system changes and advocate for the inclusion of immigrant women’s perspectives and voices in systems and policies that impact their lives. We take small but meaningful actions that help close service gaps and break down barriers for immigrant and refugee women to thrive in Canada.

Why join

PIRS Immigrant Women Advisory Committee is designed to help you:

  • Use your voice and expertise to initiate change in the systems and policies that impact immigrant and refugee women
  • Develop and implement advocacy and social innovation projects that benefit immigrant and refugee women
  • Be a part of a community of like-minded people and build a network of support

Program history

Please check out the amazing project outcomes of IWAC 2021 – 2022 groups: 

The IWAC model has been replicated in our new project: Building A Child Care System That Works for Immigrant and Refugee Women.

Currently, a Steering Committee consisting of two former IWAC members and PIRS staff, is working on a plan to revive a more sustainable IWAC program in the near future. Updates of the committee’s plan will be posted in due time.

Who it’s for

This program is best suited for immigrant and refugee women with higher Intermediate level English (CLB 6-7) and an interest in using their voice and experience to initiate change in the systems and policies that impact immigrant and refugee women.

The program has no immigration status restrictions and is open to women with any status (for example, temporary visitor, refugee claimant, permanent resident, citizen).

How to apply

For any questions about the IWAC program, please contact us:

Email: womenleadership@pirs.bc.caPhone: 604-298-5888Or use the form below.

Immigrant Women Advisory Committee Inquiry Form

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