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Women in Canada: 50 Years of Change

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February 15, 2017:

Due to weather warnings, we & Aboriginal Women’s Assoc will postpone the start of our study group on Women in Canada to March 2.

Fifty years ago, on February 16, 1967, the historic Royal Commission on the Status of Women was launched. Using this landmark Royal Commission as a starting point, a study group on women in Canada will meet bi-weekly from February to April to consider women’s equality decade by decade, from 1967-2017.

The study group will ask: What was particularly relevant for women during each 10-year period? How has women’s equality advanced in the last 50 years? Which women were left out of consideration and remain underrepresented in decision-making today?

The group will now launch on Thursday, March 2, 2017 (due to weather warnings for Feb 16) from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. and will focus on the years 1967-1977. The sessions will be held at the Confederation Centre Public Library in Charlottetown. February is Black History Month and February 16 is midway through Family Violence Prevention Week. Lots to talk about!

Mark March 16 and 30; and April 13 and 27 for future study group sessions. Hosted by Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI, PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the PEI Public Library Service. For more information, contact 902-368-4510 or info@peistatusofwomen.ca or visit https://peiacsw.wordpress.com.

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Women’s History Month Celebrates Inspiring Forebears

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PEI Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Paula Biggar and Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women Kelly Robinson.

October is Women’s History Month across Canada, and this year the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women and PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat celebrated the month with a gathering to remember inspiring women of the past. More than fifty people took part in the celebration on October 20 at St. Peter’s Cathedral Hall in Charlottetown.

Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Paula Biggar recognized the ways local Prince Edward Island women have contributed to the greater equality women in Canada enjoy today.

Said Minister Biggar, “People’s contributions have made a difference, and some of this work was completed by women who would never have considered themselves leaders. Some of this work was a collective experience, in which no particular person stood out, but was through the efforts of many working together in solidarity.”

A memorial circle at the celebration invited all those present to share a memory or a memento of an inspiring woman who touched their lives and is no longer with us. The ceremony brought to mind participants’ extraordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts, neighbours, and friends, as well as more widely known leaders in the arts, in labour, in sport, or in politics.

Specially remembered and honoured was social worker, counsellor, and advocate Diane Kays, who died in March 2015 while she was serving as the Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

“We will honour their efforts by continuing to work for progress,” said Minister Biggar.

Kelly Robinson, Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, acknowledged the 40th anniversary of the Advisory Council and expressed hope that “In the next 40 years, we will build on the work of our forebears to meet the goals women continue to reach for to attain full equality in all aspects of life.”

Women’s History Month and is celebrated with events in many communities across Canada. This year’s theme was “Her Story, Our Story: Celebrating Canadian Women.” Women’s History Month encompasses October 11, the UN-declared International Day of the Girl, and October 18, Persons Day, which marks the date in 1929 when Canadian women were recognized as “persons” under the law.

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Minister Responsible Biggar and Chairperson Robinson with Doreen Kays, sister of past Chairperson Diane Kays.

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Honouring our Feminist Forebears ~ a Women’s History Month Celebration

feminist-forebearsJoin the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat in celebrating Women’s History Month. We will be remembering women leaders no longer with us, who’s legacy lives on in our lives and work. You are welcome to bring a photo, memento, or memory of one of your feminist forebears for the Memorial Circle.

Casual Reception with a Memorial Circle at 5:00

Tuesday, October 20th, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
St. Peter’s Cathedral Hall (corner of Rochford and Fitzroy)
Charlottetown

Light refreshments provided ~ no admission fee ~ all are welcome!

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National Coalition of Advisory Councils / La Coalition nationale des conseils consultatifs

National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women launches Voter Card during 2015 Election

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Linda Ross, NL, and Jane Ledwell, PEI, with the Voter Card produced by the Coalition.

Halifax, Nova Scotia – The National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women held its annual meeting in Halifax on September 17th and 18th, 2015. It was hosted by the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and was again an opportunity to reinforce the work being done, while also sharing resources and best practices.

“The Coalition is a national voice for women,” said Linda Ross, President/CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Advisory Council and current Chairperson for the Coalition. “Together, we can work to increase equality between women and men, and increase governments’ awareness about women’s issues. While all the Coalition members are effective in their jurisdictions, collectively we can address the national dimensions of the work we do towards advancing gender equality”.

The Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women consists of provincial and territorial advisory bodies from across the country dedicated to advancing women’s issues within their individual regions but who come together in the interest of women on a national level. It was formed after the federal government eliminated the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women in 1995.

During the meeting, the Coalition launched a Voter Card with pertinent questions regarding the status of women that can be used to kick-start conversations when talking to candidates before the 2015 Federal Election. The questions cover issues such as inaccessible housing, uneven availability of affordable child care and the growing economic inequality and income gap between genders.

“As a supporter of the #UpForDebate Campaign, the Coalition is extremely disappointed with the cancellation of the federal debate on women’s rights and gender equality issues. This voter card is our way of stating that the issues are still out there and they need to be discussed,” said Linda Ross.

To view or download the Voter Card, please visit your local Advisory Council website or follow @CPTACW on Twitter.


La Coalition nationale des conseils consultatifs provinciaux et territoriaux sur le statut de la femme lance un outil pour les électrices en vue de l’élection fédérale 2015

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Quelques membres du Coalition, Septembre 2015.

Halifax, Nouvelle-Écosse – La Coalition nationale des conseils consultatifs provinciaux et territoriaux sur le statut de la femme a tenu sa réunion annuelle à Halifax les 17 et 18 septembre 2015. La Coalition a été accueillie par le Conseil consultatif sur le statut de la femme de la Nouvelle-Écosse. La réunion annuelle a été à nouveau une occasion de souligner le travail accompli, tout en partageant les expériences et les meilleures pratiques.

« La Coalition est une voix nationale pour les femmes », a déclaré Linda Ross, présidente et pdg du Conseil de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, et présidente de la Coalition. « Ensemble, nous pouvons travailler à accroître l’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes, et à sensibiliser les gouvernements aux questions touchant les femmes. Alors que tous les membres de la Coalition travaillent sur des enjeux spécifiques dans leurs provinces et territoires, nous pouvons collectivement aborder les dimensions nationales des questions préoccupantes afin de faire progresser l’égalité des sexes ».

La Coalition nationale des conseils consultatifs provinciaux et territoriaux sur le statut de la femme est composée d’organismes consultatifs provinciaux et territoriaux à travers le pays, voués à la promotion des questions relatives aux femmes au sein de leurs régions respectives mais qui se réunissent dans l’intérêt des femmes à l’échelle nationale. La Coalition s’est formée lorsque le gouvernement fédéral a éliminé le Conseil consultatif canadien sur la situation de la femme en 1995.

Lors de sa récente réunion, la Coalition a lancé un outil pour les électrices et les électeurs comportant des questions pertinentes sur les enjeux féminins. Ces fiches peuvent être utilisées pour amorcer des conversations avec des candidates et des candidats avant le scrutin. Les questions portent sur des sujets tels que le le coût élevé du logement, l’accès inégal à des services de garde abordables, l’inégalité économique croissante et les différences de revenus entre les femmes et les hommes.

« En tant que partisane de la campagne #Placeaudébat
(#UpforDebate), la Coalition est extrêmement déçue de l’annulation du débat fédéral sur les droits des femmes et les questions d’égalité entre les femmes et les hommes. Cet outil pour les électrices est notre façon de dire que les problèmes sont toujours là et qu’ils doivent faire l’objet d’une discussion », a déclaré Linda Ross.

Pour afficher ou télécharger les fiches pour les électrices , visiter le site Web de votre Conseil consultatif local ou suivre @CPTACW sur Twitter.

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Bienvenue Yvonne!

L-R: PEI Status of Women Executive Director Jane Ledwell, Council member Yvonne Deagle, and Program Coordinator, Michelle Jay, in Summerside recently.

L-R: PEI Status of Women Executive Director Jane Ledwell, Council member Yvonne Deagle, and Program Coordinator Michelle Jay, in Summerside recently.

Le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard est heureux d’accueillir un nouveau membre du conseil!

Yvonne Deagle de Miminegash a été nommé par le gouvernement pour siéger au Conseil pour les prochaines années. Yvonne est le vice-présidente d’Actions Femmes. Elle vit avec son mari et elle a deux enfants adultes et cinq petits-enfants. Elle possède une expérience en tant que conseillère municipale et administratrice municipale et elle a travaillé en comptabilité. Actuellement, Yvonne travaille pour la Commission scolaire français et est un bénévole actif de nombreux d’organismes communautaires acadiens et francophones. Elle a beaucoup d’énergie et un vif sens de l’humour. Nous ne pouvons pas attendre de travailler avec Yvonne sur les questions qui sont importantes pour les femmes de l’île et leurs familles.

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The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women is delighted to welcome a new Council member!

Yvonne Deagle of Miminegash was appointed by government to serve on the Council for the next several years. Yvonne is the the vice-chairperson of Actions Femmes. She is the mother of two grown children and grandmother of five. She has a background as a municipal councillor and municipal administrator and has also worked in accounting. Yvonne works for the French School Board and is an active volunteer on numerous boards of Acadian and Francophone community organizations. Yvonne has great energy and a sense of humour. We can’t wait to have her work with us on issues that matter to Island women and their families.

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Popular Booklet in a New Edition/Lancement d’une nouvelle édition d’un livret populaire

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January 9, 2014

Charlottetown – When you leave a relationship, what should you expect for child support and spousal support? What questions should you ask if you meet with a lawyer? What documents should you be sure to pack before you leave? What steps can you take to protect your privacy and safety? These are the kinds of questions answered in Moving On: A Practical Guide for Women Leaving a Relationship, published by the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

Moving On is our most-requested resource,” says Advisory Council Chairperson Diane Kays. “Over the years, this booklet has helped hundreds of people looking for practical help at a difficult time. When relationships break down, gender inequalities are sometimes more obvious and deeply experienced.

Kays continues, “We have had this guide in print for more than a dozen years, with updates every few years. The new edition is the most readable, useable, and comprehensive guide yet.”

The Advisory Council on the Status of Women turned to Vice-Chairperson Kelly Robinson, an expert on public legal education with the Community Legal Information Association, to update the guide in 2013. For the first time, Moving On includes sections for Aboriginal women and for newcomers to Canada and has tips for Internet privacy and safety. Like past editions, this new version of Moving On features original drawings by artist Karen Gallant.

Also new to this edition is a French version of the guide. “We are very pleased as a Council to provide this guide in French as well as English for the first time,” says Kays. The French version of the guide, entitled Aller de l’avant : Guide pratique à l’intention des femmes qui décident de mettre fin à une relation is also available from the Advisory Council on the Status of Women.

Copies of Moving On/Aller de l’avant are free of charge and are available as PDF downloads from the Advisory Council on the Status of Women website at http://www.gov.pe.ca/acsw. Printing partners Kwik Kopy donated additional copies of the guide at no cost, and while supplies last, hard copies are available by request from the Council office at 902-368-4510 or info@peistatusofwomen.ca

Moving On: A Practical Guide for Women Leaving a Relationship, 2013 edition (pdf)

Photo:  Left-Right: Michelle Jay, Program Coordinator and Diane Kays, Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women review Moving On/Aller de l’avant, the revised and updated 2013 edition of the Council publication.

Photo: Left-Right: Michelle Jay, Program Coordinator and Diane Kays, Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women review Moving On/Aller de l’avant, the revised and updated 2013 edition of the Council publication.

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Lancement d’une nouvelle édition d’un livret populaire

Charlottetown – Si vous décidez de mettre fin à une relation, savez-vous à quoi vous attendre en matière de prestation alimentaire pour enfant ou de prestation alimentaire matrimoniale? Quelles questions devriez-vous poser à votre avocat? Quels documents importants devez-vous apporter? Quelles mesures pouvez-vous prendre pour protéger votre vie privée et votre sécurité? Les réponses à ces questions et à bien d’autres sont expliquées dans Aller de l’avant : Guide pratique à l’intention des femmes qui décident de mettre fin à une relation, un livret produit par le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Î.-P.-É.

« Ce guide pratique est la ressource la plus populaire offerte par le Conseil, explique Diane Kays, présidente du Conseil consultatif. Au fil des ans, ce livret a aidé des centaines de personnes qui vivent des situations difficiles. Lorsqu’une relation prend fin, les inégalités entre les sexes peuvent parfois avoir des répercussions encore plus profondes. »

Madame Kay ajoute : « Nous avons produit quelques mises à jour du guide, qui a vu le jour il y a plus de douze ans. Avec son nouveau contenu, la dernière édition se lit encore mieux et servira davantage à ses lectrices. »

Le Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme a fait appel à sa vice-présidente, Kelly Robinson, pour effectuer une mise à jour du guide en 2013. Madame Robinson est une experte en matière de formation juridique du public auprès de la Community Legal Information Association. Pour la première fois, le guide comporte des sections à l’intention des femmes autochtones et des nouvelles arrivantes au Canada, ainsi que des mesures de sécurité à suivre sur le Web. Comme par le passé, le nouveau guide présente des illustrations originales produites par l’artiste Karen Gallant.

C’est également la première fois que le guide est produit en français. Selon madame Kays, le Conseil est très fier de pouvoir offrir le guide dans les deux langues. Les deux versions du guide – Moving On: A Practical Guide for Women Leaving a Relationship et Aller de l’avant : Guide pratique à l’intention des femmes qui décident de mettre fin à une relation – sont maintenant disponibles.

On peut se procurer le guide dans l’une ou l’autre des langues en téléchargeant gratuitement le document PDF sur le site Web du Conseil consultatif à http://www.gov.pe.ca/acsw. En outre, Kwik Kopy a imprimé des exemplaires gratis du livret à titre de partenaire d’imprimerie. On peut se procurer une copie papier tant qu’il y en aura en téléphonant au 902-368-4510 ou en faisant parvenir un courriel à info@peistatusofwomen.ca.

Aller de l’avant : Guide pratique à l’intention des femmes qui décident de mettre fin à une relation (pdf)

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EI & PEI Brochure

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Employment Insurance: The Prince Edward Island Story
This 6-page publication was created by the PEI Working Group for a Livable Income and published in April 2011.

For hard copies, call 894-4573.

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