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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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2015 Equality Report Card

PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women Equality Report Card 2015

FINAL-2015-report-card-wordle-with-gradeMedia and the public are invited to attend the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women Equality Report Card Release.

When: 10:30am on Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Where: Cornwall Townhall, 39 Lowther Drive, Cornwall

Hear how the PEI government has fared in advancing women’s equality and diversity for Islanders over the past two years. All are welcome to the launch. For more information:


The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women Equality Report Card for PEI is a process to assess our Province’s progress towards women’s equality goals. The PEI Status of Women’s goal is to work collaboratively with government to help the Province to achieve high grades by responding to priority recommendations from women.

In 2007, the Advisory Council on the Status of Women introduced the report card process for following up on its past recommendations to government on key issues that affect the lives of Prince Edward Island girls, women, and their families. Council released its first Equality for PEI Report Card on June 17, 2008. The second ever Equality Report Card was released in June 2009. In June 2010, the Advisory Council published an Interim Trends Report to less formally indicate trends at the mid-way point between formal assessments. Full Equality Report Cards were published in June 2011 and in June 2013.


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International Women’s Day 2015 Gallery

A big thank you to all who came together to celebrate International Women’s Day!!
Sifting through the many great photos of performers, organizers, supporters and audience members…a beautiful tapestry.

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Canada World Youth Survey: Safety in Charlottetown

How safe do you feel in Charlottetown? How do your gender and identity affect your sense of safety?

Canada World Youth volunteers Jane-Joan Mensah and Sean MacLean have collaborated with the Advisory Council on the Status of Women to develop a safety audit survey for Charlottetown residents. The purpose of this survey is to gain perspective on the views of safety in Charlottetown from Charlottetown residents and make connections to issues of gender-based violence. The responses will be collected until the closing date on December 1st, 2014.


The final results will be presented to the Mayor of Charlottetown at Charlottetown City Hall in December. The final results can also be retrieved through the Advisory Council on the Status of Women blog later in December on this blog post.

Thank you in advance on behalf of Canada World Youth and the Advisory Council on the Status of Women for your participation.


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Soumettez votre candidature! Apply now!

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[English follows the French]

À la mi-juin, une place au sein du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard va se libérer, et le gouvernement sera donc à la recherche d’une femme forte pour qui la lutte pour l’égalité des sexes est importante. J’espère que vous allez envisager de vous porter candidates.

Les membres du Conseil consultatif sont nommées par le Conseil exécutif du gouvernement et sont sélectionnées parmi les personnes ayant soumis leur candidature par l’entremise d’Au service de l’Î.-P.-É. La date limite pour soumettre sa candidature pour la place qui va se libérer est le 13 avril 2014.

D’autres renseignements sur Au service de l’Î.-P.-É. sont offerts au
Le formulaire de mise en candidature peut être téléchargé au
N’hésitez pas à communiquer avec nous si vous avez besoin d’aide pour remplir le formulaire :

Nous voulons que le gouvernement ait la chance de choisir la nouvelle membre parmi plusieurs bonnes candidates. Si vous voulez en savoir plus au sujet du Conseil, si vous connaissez une personne qui serait une excellente candidate ou si vous avez besoin d’aide pour soumettre votre candidature, veuillez communiquer avec nous; nous vous aiderons avec plaisir.

Note importante : Pour des raisons de protection de la confidentialité, les mises en candidature ne passent que par Au service de l’Î.-P.-É. Le Conseil consultatif ne voit pas les formulaires de mise en candidature et ne participe pas au processus de sélection des membres. Nous ne pouvons donc pas savoir qui a soumis sa candidature et tout suivi que peut recevoir une personne s’étant porté candidate provient directement d’Au service de l’Î.-P.-É.

Note additionnelle : Si d’autres organismes, conseils ou commissions dont les membres sont nommés par le gouvernement vous intéressent, nous vous recommandons fortement de les nommer sur votre formulaire de mise en candidature. Le gouvernement fait des efforts pour atteindre une parité hommes-femmes au sein des nominations aux conseils, et nous savons que vous pourriez apporter une importante contribution aux autres conseils également.

Une fiche d’information bilingue d’une page au sujet du Conseil consultatif sur la situation de la femme est annexée : WEB-ACSW-one-pager-4column Bonne chance dans votre mise en candidature par l’entremise d’Au service Î.-P.-É.!

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In mid-June, there will be one vacancy on the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, and government will be looking to appoint strong women with a commitment to women’s equality. We hope you will consider applying.

The Advisory Council is appointed by the Executive Council of government from among people who apply to Participate PEI, so people have to nominate themselves. The deadline to apply for the upcoming vacancy is April 13, 2014.

More information about Participate PEI is available here:

and the application forms are downloadable here:

We’re happy to help anyone with their application form :

We want government to have great names to choose from when they select a Council member to join our Council. If you are interested in finding out more about the Council, if you know someone who would be an amazing Council member, or if you or one of your friends would like help to apply, please let us know. We would be happy to help.

One important note: To protect your confidentiality, applications go only to Participate PEI. We do not see them at the Advisory Council office at any time. We will not know you applied, and we are not involved in deciding on who gets appointed. Any follow-up you receive will come from Participate PEI directly.

One additional note: If there are other government-appointed agencies, boards, and commissions that interest you in addition to the Advisory Council, we strongly urge you to list them on your application. Government is working towards gender parity in appointments to councils across the board, and we know you would have much to contribute to other councils in addition to ours.

A bilingual one-page brochure about the Advisory Council on the Status of Women is attached, for your information. WEB-ACSW-one-pager-4column Good luck with your application to Participate PEI!


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