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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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Happy International Women’s Day 2019

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Mark Your Calendars!

Friday, March 8th, 2019
from 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Trinity United Church Hall
(*wheelchair accessible)

220 Richmond Street
Charlottetown

All are welcome to attend.

On Friday, March 8, 2019, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women and allies invite everyone to join in recognizing women worldwide.

The IWD committee is preparing an afternoon that balances celebrating progress for women’s equality and a call to do better, in Canada and worldwide. Minister Paula Biggar will bring greetings from the provincial Status of Women, and ACSW Chairperson Yvonne Deagle will share her editorial reflecting on the significance of IWD in 2019. Samantha Lewis will lead an Indigenous Round Dance at the beginning of the program, as a beautiful way to connect peoples and cultures. There will be an opportunity to participate in some simple balancing yoga exercises led by Cynthia Dennis. Throughout the event we will hear from various women about how they have overcome challenges in their lives. There will also be a chance to kick up your heels with some traditional

Irish country dancing, called by Helen Gough-Conboy with Tuli Porcher on fiddle. To end, Kate Dempsey will lead in singing the anthem “Bread & Roses.” Please note that children are encouraged to attend and enjoy the children’s activity area.

Admission is free. All ages and genders are welcome.

Organizers:
Cooper Institute
Canadian Union of Public Sector Employees
Family Violence Prevention Services
Women’s Network PEI
PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat

For further information:
Michelle Jay, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
(902) 368-4510 / info@peistatusofwomen.ca

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Make It Your Business Lunch and Learn for Family Violence Prevention Week

RESCHEDULED TO STORM DATE

Friday, February 15
12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Access PEI O’Leary
45 East Drive
O’Leary

Join the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women and PEI Family Violence Prevention Services (FVPS) for a video viewing and facilitated conversation using FVPS’s video series Make It Your Business. The event will take place in the boardroom at Access PEI, O’Leary at 45 East Drive.

The Make It Your Business videos were created by PEI Family Violence Prevention Services and partners to help people recognize signs of family violence and to learn safe and effective actions to take when you see violence in your workplace or in public settings.

You are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. We’ll provide coffee, tea, juice, and snacks.

All are welcome. Free admission.

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Stepping Up Against Gender Violence – Paxton Caseley Memorial Service Address

DSC_0265If I ask you to think about an example of gender-based violence, it’s likely that for most of us, some of the first things that come to mind are the tragedies and more explosive events that leave their mark on individuals, families, and at times their communities. But the sad reality is that violence begins much earlier. It is something that grows and like everything that grows, it starts somewhere small. The beginnings of gender-based violence are all around us in our everyday lives. It’s the demeaning or sexist joke that someone might have said in passing. It’s ways in which women are objectified and over-sexualized in our media. It’s the constricting gender-roles and expectations that are forced upon women from the time they are born. The list goes on and on.

When we idly stand by, don’t speak up, or don’t question these things, we are giving permission for violence to occur. We are enabling the sexist remarks and reinforcing the superior attitudes of the person who make these demeaning jokes. We are allowing women to be erased, diminished, and minimized by forcing them to fit into gender roles that demand their silence and obedience. And it also means that we are telling women that their intelligence and tenacity are not as valuable as it is to be palatable. Talking about and treating women as though we are less are the beginnings of violence. When women and female-identifying individuals are viewed as being second-class, it can quickly descend into dangerous thinking and actions. Not only does it mean that our voices, opinions, and concerns do not hold as much merit or importance; but it also means that when we do speak up about inequality or our right to feel safe and be free of harassment, abuse, and violence that we are not being taken seriously, we are dismissed, we are subjected to gas-lighting, we are asked what were we wearing, and we are told that it probably wasn’t as bad as we thought.

And so, these seemingly small acts of violence all add up to perpetuate, or even allow violence to continue.

This year’s theme is about taking action to prevent violence against women and we all have a role to play. When I’ve taught bystander intervention courses, I always like to remind people that bystander intervention doesn’t have to look like a dramatic scene from a soap opera. You don’t need to be a hero. It’s truly as simple as voicing your discomfort if you hear someone make degrading comment. It de-escalates the situation and creates a pause in whatever momentum they may have had, and hopefully following that pause there will be some internal reflection.

This past year, I had the opportunity to work with students and various organizations across Canada as we worked to address the issue of sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. I heard from many survivors and victims of their personal experiences, and no matter where they were from or which province they studied in, I kept hearing time and time again of the damage and hurt that occurs when school administrators, police officers, friends, or even family refuse to believe them. Because rather than receive the support and justice that they rightfully deserve, they are often found at a standstill and are unable to move forward. In the context of post-secondary institutions, all too often we saw that student survivors were being punished for coming forward, and if they were not placed under gag order, forced to see their perpetrator on campus and in classes, or being revictimized by investigators, they were dropping out and unable to continue their education without the needed and deserved safety and support. When you find yourself in a situation where something horrific and traumatic has happened to you, that fear does not leave you for a very long time, or perhaps it never does. It takes tremendous courage to speak up and tell someone, especially as there is often a significant risk involved in disclosing your experience. This is why it is crucial for there to be institutional accountability in the form of provincial legislation and regulations because despite what we would like to believe, institutions do not always have the best interests of student survivors in mind.

So not only do we need to learn to recognize violent behaviours, but we also need to believe the survivors and victims of violence. We all have an important role to play in the prevention of gender-based violence. We can choose to take action or remain inactive, but no matter your choice, remember that both have their consequences. And so I ask you to listen and believe survivors, speak up when something doesn’t seem right, intervene and de-escalate the situation, but above all.. be the change that you want to see.

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2018 Memorial Service Gallery

The selection of photos below are from the December 6, 2018 Memorial Service for Victims of Violence held at the Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor). Thanks to everyone who attended the service and participated in the 2018 Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence.

We remember 1989
29 Years Since the Montreal Massacre

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Food Awareness Act Input

In October 2018, the Government of Prince Edward Island opened a process of consultation on a Food Awareness Act for PEI and sought advice on legislation and policy. Members of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women engaged in an email consultation to answer the questions posed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and submitted responses in November 2018.

The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women’s responses are available in this document: Input into the Food Awareness Act, November 20, 2018

For more information about the proposed act, visit https://www.princeedwardisland.ca/en/information/agriculture-and-fisheries/food-awareness-act-prince-edward-island

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Memorial Services for Victims of Violence

Time to step up. Be ready to prevent violence against women.

The Purple Ribbon Campaign Against Violence (Campagne du ruban violet contre la violence) was initiated by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1991 to remember the 14 women who were murdered at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal in December 1989, and to raise awareness about violence against women.

Charlottetown Memorial Service

CHARLOTTETOWN
12:00 noon, Thursday, December 6

Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts (venue sponsor)
Richmond Street
Charlottetown

29 years after the horrific murder of 14 women at L’École Polytechnique in Montreal, we gather to remember, to mourn, and to work for change. We will be commemorating the young women who died in Montreal and the 10 Island women who have been killed by partners or someone who knew them since 1989. And we will recommit to ending violence against women everywhere.

The special service will include an address by Paxton Caseley of Our Turn; poetry by Lily Lévesque; Mi’kmaw opening prayer with Elder Julie Pellissier-Lush; music by the O Beautiful Gaia singers; and Dylan Menzie accompanying on piano. Family members, dignitaries, and community activists will light candles in remembrance of those whose lives were cut short because they were women. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Contact Michelle at 902-368-4510 / info@peistatusofwomen.ca

– 2018 Purple Ribbon Campaign, blog and website

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Summerside Memorial Service

SUMMERSIDE
12:00 noon, Thursday, December 6
Trinity United Church
90 Spring Street
Guest Speaker: Hon. Tina Mundy
More info: 902-436-9856
East Prince Women’s Information Centre

First mourn, then work for change
We remember 1989

29 Years Since the Montreal Massacre

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