Institute for International Women's Rights

Director: Dr. Julie Pelletier (Acting)

About the Institute
About the Director

About the Institute

The Institute for International Women's Rights provides opportunities for research, learning, dialogue, and action on Women's Rights in collaboration with groups and organizations within the university, such as the Institute for Women's and Gender Studies, and in the larger community, such as the Winnipeg branch of UNIFEM.

About the Director

Dr. Julie Pelletier
Dr. Julie Pelletier (Acting)
P: 204.988.7106

Dr. Julie Pelletier began her appointment as Acting Director of the Institute for International Women's Rights - Global College following Professor McPhedran's appointment to the Senate. She is acting in the role of director until a new director is appointed.

Dr. Pelletier is Associate Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Winnipeg is a descendant of the Wesget Sipu Fish River Tribe of northern Maine. She earned her Ph.D. and MA in Cultural Anthropology at Michigan State University and was the first graduate student at MSU whose doctoral research was funded by a tribe, the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

She has conducted fieldwork in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with the Anishinaabeg and in Aotearoa/New Zealand with the Maori. Her research interests include decolonization, identity issues, representation and ritualization. Most recently her research has focused on American Indian casino gaming as site of contestation. She was a founder and coordinator of the American Indian Studies program at the University of Minnesota-Morris, where she was an associate professor of Anthropology and American Indian Studies.

Youth Speak Out

Side event at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York


Students of Global College attended the Commission on the Status of Women's 60th session in March 2016, the IIWR-GC hosted Youth Speak Out side event featuring two Global College students, Katrina Leclerc and Breanne Lavalee-Heckert.


UNPAC (United Nations Platform for Action Committee) came into being in 1996 after 45 Manitoba women attended Beijing for the UN Fourth World Conference on Women, most on their own dime, participating in both the UN conference and the parallel NGO Conference in 1995. They returned with a commitment to see the recommendations in the Platform for Action  - the roadmap for equality that was agreed to in Beijing by Canada and 188 other nations - implemented.

The Platform for Action identifies 12 Critical Areas of Concern regarding the main obstacles to women's advancement. The areas are: poverty, education and training, health, violence, armed conflict, decision-making, institutional mechanisms, human rights, media, environment, the girl child and the economy.

Through the years, UNPAC found creative, interactive ways to encourage Manitobans and their elected officials to implement the recommendations of the Platform for Action here at home.

In June 2014, UNPAC closed its doors after almost twenty years of innovative projects supporting women's equality and empowerment through community action and education.

Through the services of Internet Archive, the content of the former domain name has been archived for future access. The link can be found below:


Girl Ambassadors for Peace

Girl Ambassadors for Peace is a program by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders which was piloted in the Democratic Republic of Congo in August 2014 and is now implemented in South Sudan. Part of the curriculum for the program was co-authored by two students, Janna Barkman and Jazmin Papadopoulos. Two other students, Claire Paetkau and Katrina Leclerc, translated the materials into French for launch in the DRC. This video was presented at the Canadian Mission in New York City in March 2015 as a side-event of the Commission on the Status of Women's 59th session.