The Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women (The Advisory Council) was established in 1980 by the Provincial Government and received legislative standing with the introduction of the Status of Women Advisory Council Act. We report to the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. Our mandate is to:
- advise the minister on those matters relating to the status of women that the minister refers to the advisory council for consideration;
- advise the minister on those matters relating to the status of women that the advisory council feels appropriate;
- bring before the government and the public matters of interest and concern to women; and
- establish the general policies that will govern the organization, administration and operation of the advisory council.
This means our task is to provide advice on issues affecting the women in the province. These can be referred to us by the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, or they can be brought forward by the Council members. Through our many community partnerships, we raise awareness on issues of concern to women. We are not a front-line service provider however we are fortunate to have a multitude of organizations in the province doing this valuable work. Instead, we try to make the voice of women and equality heard to government and the public. The Advisory Council staff work closely with the Office for the Status of Women, a branch of Executive Council, women’s groups, community and other equality-seeking organizations which share an agenda to advance women’s equality.
Our current focus areas, which are specified in our Business Plan 2017-2020 , are related to the economic and social security of women. Poverty and economic instability are systemic barriers for many women throughout our province and efforts to address these issues are key components in advancing the status of women. Social security is the cornerstone to living in positive and safe communities. Justice services, housing, safety, leadership at all levels, healthy relationships, youth development, social media, healthcare, cultural and environmental sustainability are all critical social security elements that help reduce violence and contribute to women’s equality.