This International Women’s Day, we celebrate the successes of our clients – immigrant women, who have made great strides to reestablish themselves and their families in a new country. We also acknowledge that settlement hasn’t been easy for many women in the past two years and that countless women and children are currently afflicted by war.

International Women’s Day 

  • Act Now: Support the Women and Children of Ukraine
    CIWA stands in solidarity with the alliance of Ukrainian women in Calgary, who have rallied to gather resources to help the women and children of Ukraine. Join the efforts today: click here.
  • Take a Step Forward: Help tackle the shadow pandemic
    Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we experienced a 50% increase in the number of clients dealing with family violence issues. To learn more about gender-based violence and how to support those who are impacted, click here.
  • Donate to CIWA: Help us sustain supports for those in need
    Your donations will help immigrant women who are struggling to make ends meet, fleeing from abuse, or unable to access services due to certain barriers. Click here to donate.
  • Access CIWA Food Drive: Ongoing from March 8 – 11 in various locations
    To support food security for immigrant women and their families, CIWA is hosting food drives at this week. To learn how to access, click here or contact This food drive is sponsored by Mawer Investment.
  • Watch the Siebens Jeam International Women’s Day Scholarship Awards
    The inauguration of Siebens Jeam International Women’s Day Scholarship will be held online on March 8 at 3 pm. The event will feature presentations hosted by the Civic Engagement Program. To learn more, contact


Take part of CIWA's #IWD2022 initiatives
Take part of CIWA's #IWD2022 initiatives


Together We Rise

Women’s Legal Forum Gala & Fundraiser has kicked off the International Women’s Day celebration for CIWA! We are immensely grateful for the Alberta Civil Trial Lawyers Association and this year’s Women’s Legal Forum Gala Committee for selecting CIWA as this year’s recipient. ACTLA’s fundraising campaign generated almost $60k of donations to help us provide services to immigrant women, who are not eligible to access government funded programs. 

We also thank our former client, Stella Chukwurah, for representing CIWA at the event and for being a shining example of perseverance and resilience of immigrant women. Stella is a professionally trained immigrant woman and a mom of three kids. Upon completing Links to Success Program at CIWA, she received a practicum placement and employment at a renowned Alberta law firm. In 2020, Stella was called to the Alberta Bar and started working as a Legal Counsel at a midstream energy company.