CED Profile: UNPAC Manitoba

The Canadian CED Network

Year: 2011

This is one of the Canadian CED Network’s CED in Manitoba Profiles Project produced 50 stories of Manitoba communities working to build fairer and stronger local economies, reduce poverty, and revitalize neighbourhoods.

United Nations Platform for Action Committee Manitoba is an association committed to the empowerment and equality of women in Manitoba. UNPAC’s mandate and focus are articulated in the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, which is where UNPAC has its roots.

UNPAC’s current work focuses on promoting women’s economic equality through popular education and empowerment projects. Creating a full awareness of the social and economic systems and policies that impact communities and individuals is an important educational aspect of Community Economic Development. Developing a greater awareness of our social, political, and economic systems is critical to creating stronger and healthier local economies, reducing poverty and homelessness, and building more sustainable communities and a people-centred economy. There is also a need to understand how our current cash economy and labour market intersect with the realities, concepts, and valuation of unpaid work — something that women are usually over-represented in.