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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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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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