International Women of Saskatoon (IWS) is a non-profit, grassroots and an equality-seeking women’s organization dedicated to improving the status of immigrant and refugee women and their families residing in Saskatoon and area by assisting them to become full participating members in all aspects of the Canadian society.
The organization formerly known as Immigrant Women of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon Chapter) was founded in 1985. IWS works both independently and in partnership with other agencies and groups to provide uniquely designed programs and services aimed at providing effective settlement/integration support systems to our clients and members. In 2005 we expanded our mandate to include serving women and their families. In so doing, we have introduced programs that are geared toward supporting the unique needs of men; we also actively seek the perspective of young and adult men in dialogues on issues of domestic violence because we believe that many of them could be agents of positive change vis -à-vis the epidemic of intimate partner violence; we have also introduced empowerment summer programs for our children and young people as leaders of tomorrow.
IWS remains a grassroots women’s organization that is committed to the empowerment and advancement of newcomer, immigrant and refugee women and their families.
What People Are Saying
"You are helping and empowering not only Employment training program students, not only Women, not only families, you are helping and empowering nations, and also It is like you are giving water to a growing tree when it grows up it will have many uses."
— ETP Program Participant
"The program helped my son settle in; last winter my son felt overwhelmed and wanted to go back home. Now, he made new friends; he wakes up very early; gets lunch ready, and is eager to come to camp. It has made him more responsible; throughout the two months, he was very excited."
— Children/Youth Participant Parent
"I see the staff is very well and [I] make confidence. I feel, it is my home. I changed my life to know the new city, new language, new people. Everything. New everything."
— Women's Program Participant