↗ A grade of “B –” means government has taken some important, concrete steps towards women’s equality goals since 2009, when government’s overall grade was a “C.” We congratulate government for this progress and look forward to continued progress in the future.
↗ Among the highlights of government’s work, the Advisory Council particularly notes landmark investments in early childhood care and education; the continuing prominent role of women in the public service; encouraging support for the use of woman abuse protocols; and the publication of an up-to-date statistical profile of PEI women.
↗ There has been substantial new or renewed focus on affordable housing, home care for seniors, employment standards legislation, and targeted initiatives for family violence prevention.
→ In most other areas the Advisory Council has identified as important for women’s equality, there have been small and medium-sized steps. In a few other areas, there has been little or no change since 2009. In particular need of attention are initiatives to examine MLAs’ roles and reduce barriers to women in elected office, to provide gender-sensitive mental health and addiction services, and to improve access to legal aid for family matters.
This is an excerpt from the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women 2011 Equality Report Card for PEI, released in June 2011 and based on information updated to May 30, 2011. The Advisory Council is republishing one area of assessment each week on this blog. For more information, visit the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website.