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Three New Members Welcomed at Recent PEI Status of Women Meeting

After being stormed out earlier in the month, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women met on March 21, 2018, in Cornwall, PEI. This was Yvonne Deagle’s first full Council meeting as Chairperson, and she had the pleasure of welcoming three newly appointed members – Chris MacPhail, Cathy Rose, and Susan Sun – who all contributed a great deal to their first meeting. Yvonne also welcomed three guest speakers from community organizations we value as partners and friends. Jaime Griffin from Women’s Network PEI, Eliza MacLauchlan from Community Legal Information Association (CLIA PEI), and Dawn Wilson from the PEI Coalition for Women in Government all briefly described the ways our organizations work together and rely on each other to support improvements in the status of PEI women.

(L -R): New Council members: Chris MacPhail, Cathy Rose, and Susan Sun.


Guest speakers were welcomed by Yvonne Deagle, PEI Status of Women Chairperson. ( L-R): Eliza MacLauchlan, Jaime Griffin, Yvonne, and Dawn Wilson.




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International Women’s Day 2018 #HerToo / Journée internationale des femmes 2018 #ElleAussi

International Women’s Day 2018 #HerToo

As we come together to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 (March 8), let us be reminded of the many achievements that women have accomplished as we strive to meet our full potential. We recognize the many ways women contribute to creativity and success in our global community, yet IWD is a day that slips by with little acknowledgement in Canada.

The year 2017 brought forward the #MeToo movement, which brought solidarity with women who have been sexually harassed and assaulted. The #MeToo movement was initiated by American activist Tarana Burke more than a decade ago, and has gathered strength from celebrities speaking out about sexual harassment in their lives. All over the world women and men are refusing to be shamed and silenced any longer. The time has come for gender equality in homes and workplaces. The time has come for women to be who they are and love whom they choose. The time has come for women to be free from violence and harassment.

We know that violence does not discriminate. We also know that just being a woman means overcoming countless obstacles daily. We live in sexist societies, but living in poverty, or with racism, or without access to basic human rights expands the likelihood of abuse and mistreatment. So today, especially, we say #HerToo. We take a broader look around the world at the realities women face and know that we have a long way to go to achieving true equality.

From the Global Citizen Website, here are some facts that show why we need to think about #HerToo – why we need greater equality now:

  1. In 2015, there were only 21 female heads of state in the entire world.
  2. Over 150 countries have at least one actively sexist law.
  3. Each minute, 28 girls are married before they are ready.
  4. At least 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.
  5. In most countries, women only earn between 60% and 75% of men’s wages, for the same work.
  6. There are approximately 781 million adults worldwide lacking literacy – and two-thirds of them are women.
  7. Around the world, 63 million girls still need to go to school.



Today, on International Women’s Day, let us celebrate our successes as women, and let us also use our power to raise up the voices of women around the world fighting to be safe, free and thriving citizens.


Yvonne Deagle is the newly appointed Chairperson of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women.



Journée internationale des femmes 2018 #ElleAussi

Fre-IWDAlors que nous nous rassemblons pour célébrer la Journée internationale des femmes 2018 en ce 8 mars, souvenons-nous des nombreuses réalisations que les femmes ont accomplies tout en nous employant à réaliser notre plein potentiel. Nous reconnaissons les nombreuses façons que les femmes contribuent à la créativité et au succès de notre collectivité mondiale, pourtant la Journée internationale des femmes est une journée qui passe presque inaperçue au Canada.

Le mouvement #MoiAussi (#MeToo en anglais) a vu le jour en 2017, créant une vague de solidarité pour les femmes qui ont été harcelées ou agressées sexuellement. Le mouvement avait été lancé par l’activiste américaine Tarana Burke il y a plus d’une décennie, mais il a été renforcé par les célébrités qui ont dénoncé le harcèlement sexuel dans leurs vies. Des femmes et des hommes de partout au monde refusent dorénavant de se taire ou d’avoir honte. Il est grand temps qu’il y ait égalité des sexes au foyer comme au bureau. Il est grand temps que les femmes soient fières d’être qui elles sont et d’aimer la personne de leur choix. Il est grand temps que les femmes vivent sans violence et harcèlement.

Nous savons que la violence n’est pas discriminatoire. Et nous savons également que le simple fait d’être une femme signifie qu’il y aura d’innombrables obstacles à surmonter chaque jour. Nous vivons dans des sociétés sexistes, mais le fait de vivre dans la pauvreté, d’être confrontée au racisme ou de ne pas avoir accès aux droits fondamentaux de la personne augmente la probabilité de sévices et de mauvais traitements. Alors aujourd’hui, surtout, nous disons #ElleAussi (#HerToo en anglais). Nous examinons de plus près les réalités auxquelles les femmes de partout au monde se heurtent, et nous constatons qu’il reste encore beaucoup à faire pour atteindre une véritable égalité.

Voici quelques faits, tirés du site Web Global Citizen, qui montrent pourquoi nous devons réfléchir à #ElleAussi – pourquoi nous avons besoin d’une plus grande égalité : [Traduction]

  1. En 2015, on comptait seulement 21 femmes chefs d’État dans le monde entier.
  2. Plus de 150 pays disposent d’au moins une loi sexiste.
  3. Chaque minute, 28 filles sont mariées avant qu’elles soient prêtes.
  4. Au moins une femme sur trois dans le monde a subi de la violence physique ou sexuelle à un moment donné de sa vie.
  5. Dans la plupart des pays, les femmes gagnent seulement entre 60 % et 75 % du salaire des hommes, pour le même travail.
  6. Environ 781 millions d’adultes dans le monde sont analphabètes – et les deux tiers d’entre eux sont des femmes.
  7. Autour du monde, 63 millions de filles doivent continuer d’aller à l’école.

Aujourd’hui, en cette Journée internationale des femmes, célébrons les succès des femmes et utilisons notre pouvoir pour faire valoir les voix des femmes de partout dans leur combat pour la liberté, la sécurité et la prospérité.

Yvonne Deagle est la nouvelle présidente du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Î.-P.-É.

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Happy International Women’s Day 2018

Mark Your Calendars!

Thursday, March 8th, 2018
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Trinity United Church Hall
220 Richmond Street

All are welcome to attend.

Come join us to celebrate International Women’s Day! We will be singing, sharing experiences, and of course DANCING! There will be a kids station and lots of opportunity for everyone to be playful. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity worldwide.

Refreshments provided. This is a FREE event – open to every age and gender.

For details contact Michelle at or 902-368-4510.

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As of March 7, 2018

Getting excited for our International Women’s Day event!

A few treats we have in store:
* Singing the “new” revised Canadian anthem with MP Sean Casey (who brought the motion to the House of Parliament)
* Greetings from the province by Minister Paula Biggar
* ACSW Chairperson Yvonne Deagle’s IWD message
* 4 women’s perspectives on IWD
* Bollywood dance steps with Garima Mishra and Rinku Upadhyaya
* Bboyizm dance demo by Jordan Legere
* Indigenous Round Dance led by Samantha Lewis and Barbara Bernard
* Kate Dempsey leading us in singing Bread and Roses

The afternoon will be MC’d by the wonderful Farahnaz Rezaei. There will be a kids corner, refreshments, and lots of opportunity to get to know one another.

This is a FREE event, open to all genders. The Trinity Hall is accessible. Women, men, and children are all welcome.


  • PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada
  • Cooper Institute
  • Canadian Union of Public Sector Employees
  • Women’s Network PEI
  • PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women
  • PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat

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PEI Status of Women Announces Recent 2017 Bursary Winners

L-R: Mari Basiletti, PEI Status of Women Chairperson with Stephanie Ashaolu, winner of the Inge Blackett Memorial Bursary.

Congratulations to Holland College student Stephanie Ashaolu (Legal Administration Program), the recipient of the $500 Inge Blackett Memorial Bursary for a woman-identified student who entered Canada as a refugee and is pursuing education or training. The bursary remembers past Council Vice-Chairperson Inge Blackett, who when she died was the last Holocaust survivor on PEI.


L-R: Mari Basiletti, PEI Status of Women Chairperson with Rebecca Mullen, winner of the Diane Kays Memorial Bursary.

Congratulations to UPEI student Rebecca Mullen (Diversity and Social Justice Studies Program), the recipient of the Diane Kays Memorial Bursary. The $500 bursary is for a woman-identified student in a post-secondary program at UPEI, Holland College, or Collége de l’île (formerly called Collège de l’Acadie) who is pursuing a field where women are under-represented or who is an active advocate for women’s equality.


The deadline to apply for these bursaries in 2018 is October 15.
More info:  Bursary webpage / En français

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2017 Purple Ribbon Pinning Bee

It’s the season of purple! Our 2017-18 Campaign theme focuses on the power of bystanders: Don’t stand by. Stand with. Everyone has a part to play in ending violence against women. 

Be a part of the solution by speaking up and taking action when you see violence occurring or have concerns that someone may be harmed. Be a part of the solution by wearing a purple ribbon to show your support for women and girls and your commitment to ending gender-based violence. Be a part of the solution by joining others to pin ribbons which will be distributed to schools, community groups and individuals across PEI.

The annual pinning bee will be held Thursday, November 9, at 6:30 – 8:00pm at the Confederation Centre Public Library, 145 Richmond Street, Charlottetown.

For more information contact the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women at or 902-368-4510.

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Women’s History Month Celebration

It was a wonderful evening sharing stories of women heros and influencers! First Hand is a terrific resource highlighting women’s culture, arts and crafts. Now available online in both French and English.




Friday, October 27, 2017
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Robertson Library
University of Prince Edward Island

Casual Reception with Memory sharing at 4:00

Light refreshments
Free admission
All welcome

Join Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Paula Biggar, the PEI Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, and the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women to celebrate women’s contributions to Prince Edward Island history. You are welcome to bring a photo, artifact, or memory to share.

Expect a special announcement about the 2001 women’s history project First Hand: Arts, Crafts, and Culture of the 20th Century.

For more information: or 902-368-4510.

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PEI Status of Women Council Holds Meeting in Wood Islands

The PEI Status of Women Council held its June meeting in eastern PEI at the Wood Islands Welcome Centre (formerly known as the Plough the Waves Centre). Council members and staff met for the day in a lovely accessible space on the second floor.


Council members were welcomed to the Centre by Audrey Shillabeer.  Left-Right: Mari Basiletti, Chairperson and Audrey Shillabeer, Site Administrator.




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Members of the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women – Back Row L-R: Diana Lariviere, Yvonne Deagle – Vice Chairperson, Melissa Mullen – Treasurer,  and Debbie Langston. Front Row L-R: Patti Wheatley, Lalana Paul, Pam Schurman-Montgomery, Mari Basiletti – Chairperson, and Madison Blanchard.

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