Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, March 21, 2019

New listings this week:

1) International Women’s Day Photo Gallery and Thanks
2) Watch: The Basic Income Path to a Healthier, Happier, More Secure Life for All
3) PEI Business Women’s Association Activities
4) Vigil to Honor the Victims of New Zealand Mosque Attack
5) Poster-Making for New Zealand Vigil
6) Family Law Parent Education Free Workshop
7) We have the cause. You have the effect. Volunteer with Diabetes Canada
8) Clearing the Air – Poster Launch
9) Self Care Expo – March 30th, 2019 at PEI Brewing Company

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International Women’s Day Gallery 2019

International Women’s Day 2019 was another happy celebration of women’s progress and a call for better worldwide.

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate and to keeping pushing for equality: Hon. Sean Casey MP, Hon. Paula Biggar Status of Women Minister, Hannah Bell MLA, ACSW Chairperson Yvonne Deagle; speakers Jenna MacNeill, Jan Devine, and Paola Flores; performers Samantha Lewis (Indigenous Round Dance), Cynthia Dennis (yoga), Helen Gough-Conboy (Irish Set Dance caller), Tuli Porcher (fiddle) and Jessie Periard (guitar). Thank you to Kate Dempsey for leading in singing the Bread and Roses anthem.

Financial and time resources were contributed by local unions, women’s, and social justice organizations (see complete sponsor list at the end of the photo gallery). Jane, Becky, and Dawn were invaluable as always.

A special thank you to the women of the IWD Organizing Committee who set up and arranged the participatory activities and excellent presentations on March 8th:

  • Amy and Olive Clerk
  • Megan Dorrell (a rockstar at the Kids Station!)
  • Paxton Caseley
  • Paola Flores
  • Donna Dingwell
  • Rinku Upadhyaya
  • and Mistress of Ceremonies Farahnaz Rezaei.
(You can view the photos by scrolling down on this page or click on the first photo and flip through the photo carousel that displays, using the arrows).

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, March 14, 2019

New listings this week:

1) Starts Today – U Sports Women’s Hockey Championships
2) Tomorrow: Community Forum on Immigration, Mobility and Economy
3) PEI Business Women’s Association Activities
4) Public Appointment Applications for Community and Advisory Boards – City of Charlottetown
5) Anderson House Needs List for March
6) “The Texture Of Healing” by Emily Howard, Art Show @ The Guild
7) Just Ask!
8) UPEI Creative Writing Master Class Reading

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, March 7, 2019

New listings this week:

1) Tomorrow – Celebrate International Women’s Day 2019 ~ #BalanceforBetter
2) PEI Status of Women Commentary / Commentaire for IWD 2019
3) PEI Business Women’s Association Activities
4) 2019 Seniors’ Secretariat Community Grants – Call for Applications
5) Community Fireside Stories and Singalong
6) New Documentary on Domestic Homicide within an Immigrant Community
7) BASIC INCOME GUARANTEE: Evidence from Research – Q&A with Dr. Evelyn Forget – March 12
8) Lecture by Dr. Evelyn Forget – March 13
9) Author Reading
10) World Theatre Day
11) Save the Date! Launch of New Poetry Book by Jane Ledwell

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International Women’s Day 2019 – #BalanceforBetter / Journée internationale des femmes 2019 – #BalanceforBetter

International Women’s Day 2019 – #BalanceforBetter

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We come together again this year to celebrate International Women’s Day with the theme of “Better the Balance, Better the World.” This is a call-to-action for a gender-balanced world. Women in many countries have come a long way, yet there is still a lot of work to be done in Canada and around the world.

Gender imbalance is not just a challenge for women, it’s a business and economic issue. The PEI Coalition for Women in Government reports, “National and international research on corporate boards confirms it: increased gender balance and diversity on boards results in better financial performance.” The Coalition summarizes studies that clearly show, “When a board achieves gender parity, women and men tend to work more collaboratively, generate more creative ideas, draw from multiple perspectives, and devise robust solutions to problems.” We need gender balance in our boardrooms, our governments, in media, in sports, and many other sectors. Gender balance is essential for communities and economies to grow.

Economic effects are also personal. Earnings and income levels affect equality, and women’s incomes remain unfairly out of balance. The Canadian Women’s Foundation tells us that as of 2016, more than 1.9 million women lived on a low income. Shockingly, a third of women in the workforce make less than $15 per hour. Women are more likely than men to experience poverty. A 2018 study by Angus Reid indicated that 16% of Canadians could be categorized as “struggling” economically. This means that they face ongoing difficulty covering expenses for basics including food, utilities, winter clothing, housing, and dental care, and may have to use services including “pay day loans” and food banks to get by. Of Canadians in the “struggling” category, 60% are women. And women who are Indigenous, disabled, racialized, new immigrants, and gender and sexuality minorities are additionally disadvantaged.

Another area in need of balance is caregiving. Women still carry most of the load of caregiving to children, seniors, and people with disabilities, and a lot of the work is unpaid. A more gender-balanced world would better support caregivers, to help women with the burden of care for families and communities, and also support men to take a larger role.

In order to reach gender balance, we must learn to work together to bring about the changes that are needed, not only on a world-based platform but right here in our own little province. That means keeping gender on the radar, challenging stereotypes, and recognizing that gender identities and roles can be fluid. It also means equality for all women in all places. We are responsible to achieve the highest level of equality we can in our province and our country, and to contribute to the empowerment of all women worldwide.

A more gender-balanced future is possible. Together we can build a gender-balanced world. As we enter an exciting period of history where everyone expects equal access and participation, we notice its absence and celebrate its presence. Today, on International Women’s Day, let us celebrate our successes as women, and let us also use our power to raise the voices of those around us to become aware of the importance of a gender-balanced world for everyone. And work for better.

Yvonne Deagle is the Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.  

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Journée internationale des femmes 2019 – #BalanceforBetter

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Comme tous les ans, nous nous rassemblons pour célébrer la Journée internationale des femmes, cette fois sous le thème Better the Balance, Better the World / Juste équilibre, juste monde. C’est un appel à l’action pour créer un monde où il y a un juste équilibre entre les sexes. Les femmes ont fait d’énormes progrès dans de nombreux pays, mais il reste encore beaucoup à faire au Canada et dans le reste du monde.

Non seulement un défi pour les femmes, le déséquilibre des sexes est un problème économique et commercial. Comme le rapporte la PEI Coalition for Women in Government, « Les recherches nationales et internationales sur les conseils d’administration le confirment : l’accroissement de la diversité et de l’équilibre entre les sexes au sein des conseils d’administration donne lieu à un meilleur rendement financier. » Selon la Coalition, ces études démontrent clairement que « lorsqu’un conseil réalise la parité des sexes, les femmes et les hommes ont tendance à mieux travailler ensemble, à générer des idées plus créatives, à tenir compte de multiples perspectives et à trouver des solutions robustes aux problèmes. » Si nous voulons faire croître l’économie et nos communautés, nous devons atteindre l’équilibre entre les sexes dans nos salles de réunions, nos gouvernements, les médias, les sports et de nombreux autres secteurs.

Les répercussions économiques se font également sentir sur le plan personnel. L’égalité dépend aussi des revenus, et ceux des femmes restent injustement déséquilibrés. Selon la Fondation canadienne des femmes, plus de 1,9 million de femmes vivaient d’un faible revenu en 2016. Plus frappant encore : un tiers des femmes au travail gagnent moins de 15 $ l’heure. Les femmes sont plus susceptibles de vivre dans la pauvreté que les hommes. En 2018, une étude menée par Angus Reid révélait que 16 % de la population canadienne était aux prises avec des difficultés économiques. Ces gens ont des difficultés continues à couvrir les dépenses engendrées par les besoins de base, comme la nourriture, les services publics, les vêtements d’hiver, le logement et les soins dentaires. Ils doivent parfois faire appel aux banques alimentaires ou à des services de prêt sur salaire. Selon l’étude, les femmes composent 60 % de cette catégorie. Soulignons aussi le fait que les femmes autochtones, handicapées, immigrantes ou faisant partie d’une minorité de race, de genre ou de sexualité sont encore plus démunies.

L’équilibre doit aussi être établi dans la prestation de soins. Les femmes font toujours le gros du boulot pour prendre soin des enfants, des aînés et des personnes handicapées, tâche qui est souvent non rémunérée. Un monde équilibré saurait mieux appuyer les personnes soignantes, alléger le poids familial et communautaire qui pèse sur les femmes et aider les hommes à jouer un rôle plus important dans ce domaine.

Afin de parvenir à l’équilibre entre les sexes, nous devons d’abord apprendre à travailler ensemble pour mettre en œuvre les changements qui s’imposent, non seulement à l’échelle du monde mais aussi ici, dans notre petite province. Pour ce faire, les sexes doivent rester d’actualité; il faut renverser les stéréotypes et reconnaître que les identités et les rôles liés au genre ne sont pas figés. Par « équilibre », on entend l’égalité de toutes les femmes dans toutes les régions. Nous avons la responsabilité de viser le plus haut niveau d’égalité qui soit, dans notre province et dans notre pays, et de contribuer à l’émancipation des femmes dans le monde entier.

Ensemble, il est tout à fait possible de fonder un avenir sur l’équilibre entre hommes et femmes. Nous avançons dans une période passionnante de l’histoire où nous privilégions tous et toutes l’égalité d’accès et de participation. Tâchons de remarquer son absence et de célébrer sa présence. Aujourd’hui, en cette Journée internationale des femmes, célébrons les succès des femmes et utilisons notre pouvoir pour faire valoir les voix de celles qui nous entourent pour sensibiliser le monde à l’importance de l’équilibre entre les sexes. Travaillons envers un juste équilibre et envers un juste monde.

Yvonne Deagle est la présidente du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Î.-P.-É.

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, February 28, 2019

New listings this week:

1) PEI Status of Women Annual Report
2) PEI Business Women’s Association Activities
3) Here We Go Barn Dance
4) New tenant support worker will assist Island renters
5) Free Documentary – To Educate A Girl: Empowering Women and Girls in the Developing World
6) Music PEI Celebrates International Women’s Day
7) PEI School Food Project Student Logo Design Contest
8) March Break FUNzone!
9) Annual Benefit hosted by Tara Maclean
10) Save the Date! Families in Canada Conference 2019
11) Spring Book Sale
12) Self Care Expo 2019
13) Introducing CBCN’s newest digital resource: FinancialNavigator
14) New PEI Web Resource: Engaging Men and Boys in Family Violence Prevention
15) PEI 2019 Family Violence Prevention Week Photo Gallery

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Community Notices

Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, February 21, 2019

New listings this week:

1) Mark Your Calendars! International Women’s Day 2019 Celebration
2) Bonshaw Ceilidh This Sunday
3) After the Last River
4) Reminder Submission Deadline – Island Literary Awards
5) OHS Advisory Council Looking for Feedback
6) Free Budgeting Seminar with Sharon Rollins
7) Community Sector Network Looking for Board Members
8) Grandmas’ Circle Fabric and Yarn Sale Welcomes Donations
9) Programs and Services for Seniors

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