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The CWHN was created in 1993 as a voluntary national organization to improve the health and lives of girls and women in Canada and the world by collecting, producing, distributing and sharing knowledge, ideas, education, information, resources, strategies and inspirations.

We are a far-reaching web of researchers and activists, mothers, daughters, caregivers, and family members, people working in community clinics and on hospital floors, at the university, in provincial and federal health ministries, and in women’s organizations, all dedicated to bettering women’s health and equality.

We are guided by a woman-centred vision of health and wellness and believe that in order to improve the health status of women we must address social and economic conditions such as education, housing, environment and gender which all impact on health.

We recognize and respect the diverse needs and realities of women’s lives, and take an active stance to prevent discrimination based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, language and geographic region.

We function in English and French, and endeavor to provide access to materials in other languages and alternative formats.


Our website is one of Canada’s top bilingual sites for women’s health information with over nine million hits per year. It is updated regularly to give you easy access to valuable information and resources on women’s health, including breaking news, feature articles, an on-line database and links to other useful sites.


Network Magazine
Our bilingual magazine is the Canadian front-runner for the latest on health issues that affect women, as well as topical debates, national and international health news and reliable resources. Available in print and electronic formats.

Brigit’s Notes
Our free monthly bilingual e-mail bulletin keeps you up-to-date on hot issues related to women’s health.

Women’s Health Information Centre:
Our comprehensive and always-expanding bilingual collection of women’s health publications and resources from across Canada and the world is catalogued on our website. This gives you—free of charge—access to some 10,000 documents, reviews, projects and organizations covering a wide range of information on women’s health and women’s lives. Aiding searches in the database is CWHN’s unique bilingual and Canadian women’s health thesaurus. A list of over 4000 key words and terms allows quick and easy access to topics related to women’s health. We also answer requests to help find health information through our national toll-free numbers (including TTY) or our website.

E-mail Discussion List:
CDN-WOMEN is a moderated discussion list that joins together and strengthens links among organizations, individuals and groups across Canada involved in women’s health.

Community Outreach and Networking:
Our network is a trusted source of women’s health information for individuals, organizations, the media, policy makers and key health planning groups across Canada.

We participate in regional and national conferences, consultations, events and workshops and distribute credible women’s health information materials. We also help people come together for action on women’s health by supporting and building networks, coalitions and joint projects.

Media Relations:
Our comprehensive bilingual communications, media and public relations program has resulted in the CWHN being an important choice for journalists seeking information on women’s health issues in Canada.


Canadian Women’s Health Network
203-419 Graham Avenue
Winnipeg MB R3C 0M3
Tel: (204) 942-5500
Fax: (204) 989-2355
Toll-free: 1-888-818-9172
TTY: (204) 942-2806 or 1-866-694-6367
E-mail: cwhn@cwhn.ca
Website: www.cwhn.ca