Member of the National Council of Women of Canada since 1893
Membre du conseil national des femmes du Canada depuis 1893


August 5, 2019

Pulitzer award winning author Toni Morrison (1931 – 2019) became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. She will be remembered for her incisive works and will remain a source of inspiration.

“I tell my students, 'When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.”

- Toni Morrison -

March 11 - 22, 2019

UN Commission on the Status of Women - 63rd Session 

United Nations entities, representatives from 45 member states and ECOSOC accredited NGOs attended the UN CSW 63 sessions and parallel events. NCWC and ICW were among the accredited NGOs who attended these meetings. Penny Rankin from the Board of MCW also participated in some of the meetings.

The priority theme for CSW 63 was “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and empowerment of women and girls”.

The review theme for CSW 63 was “women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development” from CSW 60.

The following are links for more information and related documents:

March 8, 2019

International Women's Day

The Montreal Council of Women  is proud to share with you the announcement made by Mayor Valérie Plante, Ville de Montreal, on International Women's Day, March 8, 2019, that the City of Montreal has joined the UN Global Initiative "Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Women and Girls".

Please see attached the Press Release in English and in French.

March 8, 2018

International Women's Day

Doctor Dolly Dastor

The Montreal Council of Women wishes everybody a special International Women's Day and celebrates and encourages all those who have made, and continue to make, an impact on improving conditions for women and girls around the world.

Our own Dr. Dolly Dastoor has written a piece published in Parsi Khabar on the history of International Women's Day established in 1977 by the United Nations.

To read her article, please click here

August 23, 2017
Hannah Taylor

Hannah Taylor, who spoke to MCW at the September 2015 General Meeting, will receive the Muhammed Ali Humanitarian Award in Louisville, Kentucky for her work with Canada's homeless people. She is one of six recipients under 30 years of age from around the world being honoured with this award.

Hannah Taylor has been working to improve the lot of the homeless since she was first inspired at the tender age of 5 years. She started the Ladybug Foundation by the age of 8 years and has raised well over 4.2 million dollars for the homeless. Currently, the very inspiring 21-year-old Hannah is pursuing a political science degree at McGill University.

To read the complete article in the McGill Reporter click here

January 30, 2017
Cheryl Braganza
February 25, 1945 - December 16, 2016

Cheryl Braganza, Montreal Council of Women "Woman of the Year" 2008 for Excellence in the Integration of Women Immigrants through the Arts and so much more... painter, writer, poet, pianist, and cancer survivor, passed away peacefully after a 12-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer.

Her painting of the Famous Five adorns the cover of the Montreal Council of Women 120 year Retrospective.

  • To read Cheryl's very inspiring story written by her son, click here.

  • For information about the creative memorial to be held on her birthday, February 25, to confirm your attendance or to make a donation to the Cheryl Braganza Memorial Fund, click here.

  • To visit Cheryl's website, see her paintings and read her inspiring words, click here.

To consult past News items, please visit our NEWS ARCHIVE


August 11, 2019

MCW Strategic Planning: Honouring the Past & Designing the Future

On Sunday, August 11 the MCW community will have the unique opportunity to gather together to reflect on and celebrate the Montreal Council of Women. This all-day planning session is an important step forward into the next decade. The day promises to be filled with stories of our past, an appraisal of our present and a discussion of ideas that will shape our future.

Registration is mandatory to enable us to determine numbers for planning and catering. A donation of $10 is requested to help defray the cost of the lunch and the coffee break.

To see the invitation and to register, please click here

May 16, 2019
Howard Shapiro

Annual General Meeting

Howard Shapiro, Montreal educator, spoke about the Namuwongo Literacy Project, Uganda, founded by Judy Labow and Howard Shapiro and supported by the NCWC.



Woman of the Year
May 5, 2019

MCW is pleased to honour Chantal Hébert, journalist and author, as the 2019 Woman of the Year for her incisive political analysis and commentary.

Chantal Hébert

The Woman of the Year luncheon will beheld at the Mount Stephen Hotel, 1440 Drummond Street, Montreal. For further information please click here.

For tickets please click here, and to support this event please click here.


The May 2019 Bulletin is now available.
The deadline for members to submit articles or announcements for publication in the Bulletin is the 10th day of each month.

MCW Annual Reports and NCWC Newsletters are also available on the Bulletin page.

The Montreal Council of Women, 120 years and counting ...
A retrospective
2015 MCW Book cover

The MCW launched their 120th anniversary book on December 4, 2015 on the occasion of the 2015 Women of the Year awards luncheon. The book is a a history of the various groups, organisations and individuals who are part of the Montreal Council of Women.

Copies can be obtained at a cost of $20.00 each by contacting B. Destounis (, S. Gyles ( or

Order your copy today and don't miss out on having a record of the history and contributions of the women of Montreal!