National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women meet with Minister Hajdu in Ottawa

Ottawa, Ontario – The National Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women held its annual meeting in Ottawa on September 26 and 27, 2016. The meetings provided the Coalition with an opportunity to meet with Honourable Patty Hajdu, the Federal Minister of Status of Women, to share and discuss issues related to women’s equality across the country as well as to highlight how the Coalition can advance the interests of women.

“We were very pleased to hear from Minister Hajdu,” said Linda Ross, President/CEO of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Advisory Council and current Chairperson for the Coalition…National Coalition meet with Minister Hajdu in Ottawa

For Immediate Release: Sexual Violence Awareness Week Committee Holds Public Panel to Discuss Sexual Violence & the Justice System

St. John’s, NL- This year’s Sexual Violence Awareness (SVA) Week Committee partners are hosting a panel session to examine the role of the justice system and its impact on survivors of sexual violence. Sponsored by The Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, the event titled “Sexual Violence and the Justice System” will include community representatives and members of the province’s justice system, who will explore ways of increasing support within the justice system for survivors of sexual violence. The event takes place on Monday, September 12th, 7-9pm at St. John’s City Hall’s E.B. Foran Room.

“In the past few years, there has been significant public attention and discussion around sexual assault cases locally, nationally and internationally. Involvement in the legal system can be very traumatic for many survivors of sexual violence, who often report feeling blamed for their actions and re-victimized through the court process. Public Panel to Discuss Sexual Violence and the Justice System 

Nous avons besoin de plus de femmes en politique, mais…

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Toutes celles et ceux qui suivent l’actualité à la télévision ou sur les médias sociaux sont des témoins impuissants des nombreuses attaques personnelles visant les politiciens- hommes et femmes. C’est une chose que d’être en désaccord avec une décision ou une politique, et, admettons-le, nous le sommes tous à un moment ou à un autre, mais le débat sur les enjeux a récemment cédé la place au harcèlement et à l’abus qui sont ainsi devenus la norme en politique. Il ne faut pas se demander pourquoi autant de personnes que nous connaissons capables, compétentes et qualifiées n’ont aucun désir à se lancer en politique !…    Poursuivez la lecture ici

We Need More Women in Politics But… An Opinion Article by Coalition Chair of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women

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Anyone following the news on TV or social media these days can’t help but witness the spectacle of personal abuse being hurled at politicians everywhere – male and female. It’s one thing to disagree with a policy or decision that’s been made, and let’s face it – we all do at points along the way, but challenging issues has of late given way to harassment and abuse becoming the accepted norm in politics. Then we wonder why the many capable, competent, qualified people we know have no desire to run for political office!…Continue reading Women in Politics

Daughters Of The Vote-Take your Seat

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Join Equal Voice in a historic national initiative to mark the 100th anniversary of women’s formal political engagement in 2016 — along with Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.

Equal Voice is inviting young women, ages of 18 to 23, to apply to be one of 338 who will take their seats in Parliament. One young woman will be chosen from every federal riding in Canada to represent their community and to communicate their vision for Canada.

Applications will be accepted from Friday, April 15th to Wednesday, June 15th 2016. For more information please visit: Daughters Of The Vote 

Council Members meet with Government & Community for 145th!

March 14 and 15 marked the 145 meeting of the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women NL where council members had a chance to engage with both government and community to talk about the social and economic security issues women face in our province. The Honourable Cathy Bennett, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and Deputy Minister Donna Ballard joined the Advisory Council meetings where the Minister (took comments and questions from each) and council members discussed pertinent issues such as mental health supports, youth in crisis, and seniors in poverty that council members see in their communities. During day two, Ellie Jones, Director of Programming; Thrive CYN presented to council on the work carried out by their organization, with specific focus on providing trauma-informed services to youth as well as hearing from council about challenges youth face in their specific regions. This two-day knowledge exchange was key to helping highlight priority areas for our 11 council members as we move forward in 2016.



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Back Row (left-right): Carmichael Polonio, Linda Ross, Vanessa McCarthy, Kelly Power, Marina Simon, Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Cathy Bennett, Deputy Minister Donna Ballard, Hilda Whelan, Carolyn Lavers. Front Row: (left-right) Yamuna Kutty, Sandy Kershaw, Melita Collier

PACSW and Partners Ask: “What Can You Do To Help Stop Violence in Newfoundland and Labrador?”

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Started in February, 12 organizations and individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador will carry out interviews with Newfoundlanders and Labradorians about violence. This project was born out of an interest to develop a province-wide initiative that would engage organizations and individuals of different ages, genders and backgrounds to talk about violence, and about what we can do to help stop violence in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Coordinated by the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the project brings together organizations from St. John’s to Labrador West and from St. Anthony to St. Lawrence. Community Youth Networks, Women’s Centres, Regional Coordinating Committees against violence and other community organizations will interview citizens of the province, asking three questions:

  • When you hear the word ‘violence’, what are the three words that come to your mind?
  • What are the two biggest issues of violence in your community?
  • What can YOU do to help stop violence?

The interviews will be edited together into a soundtrack portraying Newfoundlanders’ and Labradorians’ understanding of violence. The partner organizations are:

  • Community Youth Network in Botwood
  • Community Youth Network in Corner Brook
  • Community Youth Network in Harbour Breton
  • Labrador West Status of Women Council
  • Roads to End Violence in Gander
  • Seniors Resource Centre
  • St. John’s Native Friendship Centre
  • The Open Door CYN in Gander
  • The Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women
  • Thrive CYN in St. John’s
  • Violence Prevention South And Central in Grand Falls-Windsor
  • Youth 2000 Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor