Timeline of Provincial Events: 80s

1980   Corner Brook Status of Women Council holds a public meeting to discuss the issue of family violence in response to the high number of calls from abused women to the Women's Centre. At this meeting, a committee is set up to deal with the issue and work on establishing a transition house.
    Labrador West Status of Women Council opens a Women's Centre.
  May 5 Provincial Department of Justice, Federal Department of Justice, and the Newfoundland Status of Women Council sponsor a one-day conference on Violence in the Family with a special focus on wife battering.
  Jul. 1 The Matrimonial Property Act (giving women legal access to matrimonial property) comes into effect in NL.
  Nov. Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women is created.
  Nov. Corner Brook Status of Women Council starts the Women's Employment Counselling Project.
  Nov. The first Executive is put together for the Status of Women Council in Happy Valley-Goose Bay (later known as Mokami Status of Women Council). Maxine Hampton is elected as the first President.
1981 Apr. Newfoundland Status of Women Council members visit striking NAPE Women on the picket line at the College of Trades
  Jun. 15 Transition House opens in St. John's.
  Nov. Newfoundland Status of Women Council runs public showings of Not a Love Story: A Film About Pornography.
  Nov. The MUN (Memorial University of NL) Women's Centre opens.
1982   The Women's Health Education Project, co-sponsored by the Newfoundland Status of Women Council and the Women's Institutes) begins. The end product is a Women's Resource Kit.
  Feb. The Women's Network begins in St. John's with the goal of providing women the opportunity to hear guest speakers, share ideas, make contacts, and provide mutual support.
  July Labrador West Status of Women Council begins its "Safe House Project". This service offers a list of families willing to volunteer their homes as temporary shelter to abused women and their children.
  Oct. Gateway Status of Women Council organizes in Port aux Basques.
1983 Mar. Day-long forum on Women and Fish Plant Labour is held by the Women's Involvement Committee of Upper Trinity Bay South.
  Apr. Immigrant Women Follow-up Committee of NL holds a conference as a follow-up to a national conference held in Ottawa in 1981. Topics include employment, health, language acquisition, social and cultural integration, etc.
  Apr. The Labrador Native Women's Association forms at a conference held in Nain. As part of this, the official opening of the Nain's Women's Centre and Day Care Centre is held on April 29.
  Apr. Mokami Status of Women Council moves into a new building.
  May 5 Fifty-eight women from the Gander area meet at dinner meeting to discuss the formation of the Gander Status of Women's Council.
  Nov. Corner Brook Transition House opens.
  Winter First edition of Women's Speak, the official newsletter of the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women, is published.
  Winter Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women holds a public meeting on daycare in St. John's. Draws more than 100 people and results in the formation of the Citizen's group "Action Daycare".
1984   A Main Brook Women's Group on the Northern Peninsula starts to deal with issues on the status of women. This group is later renamed the Northern Peninsula Status of Women Council.
  Feb. 20 Gateway Status of Women Council officially opens its Women Centre.
1984 Mar. 8 Newfoundland Status of Women Council holds a Women's Festival in St. John's, featuring art, theatre, music, dance, and films by women.
  May 4/5 First provincial conference on daycare is held. It is sponsored by the Daycare Advocates Committee.
  May The Newfoundland Status of Women Council officially changes its name to the St. John's Status of Women Council.
  Nov. 5 Central Newfoundland Status of Women Council officially opens their new Demasduit Women's Centre.
  Nov. 19 A formal lobby of provincial politicans is organized by women groups across NL. This lobby was chaired by Dorothy Inglis. Issues included daycare, employment, education, family law, etc.
  Dec. 24 A crisis shelter, conceived by the Labrador West Status of Women Council (and operated by the communities of Wabush and Labrador City), opens its doors.
1985 Feb. More than 40 women meet in Stephenville and put together a Steering Committee to establish a Status of Women Council (later to be known as the Bay St. George Status of Women Council).
  Feb. 27 The Gander Status of Women Council opens its Women Centre.
  May 17 NL Women's Peace Conference held
  Sep. Women's Policy Office is established within the provincial government to coordinate the development of programs and policies for the benefit of women in the province. Its mandate is "to achieve social and economic equality for all women in Newfoundland and Labrador".
  Oct. First edition of the Bay St. George Status of Women Council Newsletter is published.
1986   Libra House for abused women and their children opens in Happy Valley-Goose Bay due to the efforts of the Mokami Status of Women Council.
  Spring Gander Status of Women Council Women's Centre moves to a new location.
  Apr. The Steering Committee officially becomes the first Executive of the Bay St. George Status of Women Council.
  Aug. The Bay St. George Status of Women Council organizes the first annual “Walk for Peace” in Stephenville. Over 200 people attend.
1987 Mar. The Bay St. George Status of Women Council opens a Women's Centre in Stephenville.
1989 Spring The Bay St. George Status of Women Council organizes a candlelight vigil for imprisoned Innu women.