FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHARLOTTETOWN — The PEI Status of Women is pleased that the provincial government has passed a motion to set up a committee on gender-based analysis. “We applaud government’s step towards systematically considering gender in PEI policy-making,” says Isabelle Christian, Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.
“Gender-based analysis is used around the world to help decision-makers develop policy that responds better to the everyday needs of both female and male citizens,” says Christian. “We look forward to the Province establishing a committee to learn more about this tool. We are sure they will discover, as we have, that it is a helpful way to get a deeper understanding of what parts of society are doing well and what parts are struggling, and how to more equitably benefit all groups.”
Christian continues, “When a particular law or policy fails to work well for women or men in the community — when it creates a barrier for them, or when it fails to recognize the challenges of their everyday lives — they often call agencies like ours to explain how it impacts their lives. Over the years, we have heard from citizens across PEI, both women and men, about negative impacts of policies that with just a little more planning could have had a positive impact.”
Christian concludes, “We know that Islanders benefit in direct, every-day ways from responsive policy-making. We applaud Valerie Docherty, the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, for commitment to finding ways to respond to the different needs of Island women and men. We look forward to seeing what comes out of the committee on gender-based analysis.”
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