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We Urge You, Mr Premier!

2011-04-01

Over 45 organizations signed the following statement asking Premier Alward to reverse his decision to abolish the NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women. The statement was read in a press conference on March 31 and sent to the Premier. Other organizations are still joining their voices to these signatories. A complete list will be sent again to the Premier at a later date. List of signatories.
 
For the maintenance of the New Brunswick
Advisory Council on the Status of Women
Statement
March 31, 2011
Our organizations are united in our resolve to preserve the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women and its independent mandate.
Women, half of the New Brunswick population, still face inequalities and inequities and are still under-represented in several spheres of society.
The Advisory Council was brought into existence by law. In 1974, New Brunswick women organized a provincial conference, which resulted in the creation of an ad hoc committee to lobby for the creation of an Advisory Council on the Status of Women. A law creating an Advisory Council was adopted in 1975 and the first members were appointed in December 1977.
New Brunswick women today still face obstacles to their full participation in all spheres of society. It is clear that there is a continued need for an independent publicly funded body to aid women and groups in advancing the issues, especially given the low representation of women in decision-making positions and the invisibility of women’s concerns on the traditional public agenda.
 
The Advisory Council is effective because it sets its own agenda, brings issues of concern to women to the public’s and the Minister’s attention and provides unbiased research and information. The Council has developed an understanding and expertise on women’s issues. Its independence is central to its success and effectiveness.
 
We call on Premier Alward to honour his commitment that
 
 “Transparency in government is paramount and a new Progressive
Conservative government led by David Alward will actively engage with important stakeholder groups such as the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Council on the Status of Disabled Persons and the First Nations of New Brunswick to enhance the inclusiveness of our government’s decision-making authorities.”

Already too few provincial government resources go towards promoting and implementing women’s equality initiatives. In fiscal year 2010-2011, the New Brunswick government invested 0.05%, that is five one-hundredths of one percent, of its overall budget in women’s equality issues. The abolition of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of women represents a 9% budget cut. This is simply unacceptable.
We call on Premier Alward to reverse the decision to abolish the Advisory Council and to honour his promise to New Brunswick Women and to work more closely with the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women. We are prepared to work with the government to strengthen its mandate.
 
  1. ABPPUM (Faculty Association, U de M, Moncton Campus)
  2. Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne
  3. Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick
  4. Association acadienne et francophone des aînées et aînés du Nouveau-Brunswick
  5. Association des juristes d’expression française du Nouveau-Brunswick
  6. Association des parents francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick
  7. Association francophone des municipalités du N.-B.
  8. Business and Professional Women’s Clubs of New Brunswick
  9. Canadian Association of Social Workers
  10. Canadian Employment and Immigration Union New Brunswick Region
  11. Canadian Federation of Business & Professional Women
  12. Canadian Federation of University Women - Atlantic Regional Council
  13. Canadian Labour Congress
  14. Canadian Union of Postal Workers – Atlantic Region
  15. CAW Canada
  16. CEP
  17. Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada
  18. Coalition for Seniors and Nursing Home Residents’ Rights
  19. Common Front for Social Justice
  20. Crossroads for Women Inc.
  21. CUPE New Brunswick
  22. Equal Voice New Brunswick
  23. Fédération des étudiants et étudiantes du Centre universitaire de Moncton
  24. Fédération des femmes acadiennes et francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick
  25. Fredericton NB Rebelles
  26. International Longshoremen’s Association, local 273
  27. Moncton and District Labour Council
  28. Moncton Regional Learning Council
  29. New Brunswick Association of Social Workers
  30. New Brunswick Chapter of the Catholic Network for Women’s Equality
  31. New Brunswick Child Care Coalition
  32. New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity
  33. New Brunswick Federation of Labour
  34. New Brunswick Federation of Union Retirees
  35. Public Service Alliance of Canada
  36. Regroupement féministe du Nouveau-Brunswick
  37. Religieuses de Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur
  38. Riverview Seniors Club
  39. Société de l'Acadie du Nouveau-Brunswick
  40. Société Femmes Équité Atlantique
  41. South-East New Brunswick Business and Professional Women's Club
  42. Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees Chapter SA-1
  43. Support to Single Parents
  44. UFCW
  45. Urban Core Support Network
  46. Moncton YWCA

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