Category Goals: To increase women’s participation in the highest levels of decision-making, we expect the provincial government to actively encourage women’s advancement and break down barriers to women’s leadership.
Conclusions: The Advisory Council on the Status of Women looks forward to a time when women are fairly represented among government’s elected officials, appointed advisors, and hired staff. Overall, there have been small steps towards achieving balance. The biggest steps have been led by the public service, where policies support gender and diversity balance; smaller but important steps have followed in appointments to ABCs, where policies are being enhanced to improve gender and diversity balance. There is a lag in policy to support better representation of women in elected office. The lack of the Special Committee on the Role of the MLA is just one missed opportunity to discuss ways to reduce barriers to women in politics.
WOMEN IN DECISION-MAKING: C
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.