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The Yukon Status of Women Council is a territorial, feminist organization striving to achieve women’s equity through research, education, and advocacy. 


Our feminist organization envisions a world of equal opportunity and access where...

  • gender equity exists in all spheres of life,

  • all women have the opportunity to explore their own potential,

  • all women are safe and their lives are valued equally, and

  • there is respect for women’s opinions, needs, and actions.



We arrive at decisions through a collaborative, non-adversarial process that respects and includes each person’s contributions.


​We support women’s right to choices in all areas of their lives: in employment, legally, physically, culturally, socially, and in their families. We support women’s right to live out their choices.


We believe all women have a right to a clear and equal voice in decisions that affect their lives. The Yukon Status of Women Council promotes and recommends actions that bring about equality and inclusion for women.​


We commit to building upon women’s successes along the road to equality and commit to learning from our challenges and complex history, including our relationships with Indigenous peoples and the land. Since our inception, YSWC has been working on, and benefitting from, the territories of all Yukon First Nations, specifically the Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwächän Council's territories where our office is located. We commit to doing our part in Reconciliation to dismantle systems of oppression.


Our basic feminist principle is that all women are equal. We acknowledge how women’s differences, including but not limited to those based on race, religion, abilities, Indigeneity, age, sexual orientation, class, culture, education, image, or geography, impact their experiences. Inclusion of all women and their differences leads to equality. We believe feminist principles should be included in all services, legislation, policies, and programs.


Since 1972, the Yukon Status of Women Council has been working towards women's equity at the systems level, amplifying women’s voices, and mobilizing knowledge on the issues that most impact them.


Our work focuses on research, education, and systems advocacy and is grounded in relationships, responsiveness, relevance, and reciprocity.


Through conducting community-based, participatory action research, we address the issues and concerns of Yukon women and mobilize knowledge into action for social change.



We educate and raise awareness at all levels of the system by publishing research findings, conducting training, events, and workshops, and sharing media coverage which brings women's issues to the forefront.



We analyse policy and advocate for change at the systems level. Systems advocacy helps ensure intention meets impact when it comes to public policy. 



We regularly work with other organizations on a local, territorial and national scale. Relationships are at the core of all our work. We strive to foster stronger, broader connections and enhance collective capacity where we can to improve the lives of women.

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