Atlantic ministers discuss women’s issues during forum

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Pictured (from left) are New Brunswick’s Legislative Secretary Pam Lynch, representing Marie-Claude Blais, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, Minister of Justice and Attorney General; Marilyn More, Nova Scotia’s Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, and Minister of Immigration; Charlene Johnson, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services; and Valerie E. Docherty, Prince Edward Island’s Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and Minister of Community Services and Seniors. — Photo by Keith Gosse/The Telegram

Provincial ministers responsible for the status of women in Atlantic Canada met in St. John’s today to discuss regional approaches and co-operation on a number of women’s issues.

Among the issues were: the significance of employment equity planning as a means of advancing women into non-traditional sectors and the emerging industries of the Canadian economy; the importance of the use of gender-based analysis; and working together to advance women into leadership positions.

“This forum provides us with a valuable opportunity to share information and discuss developments in the social and economic advancement of women in Atlantic Canada,” said Newfoundland Minister Charlene Johnson in a news release.

“At today’s meeting issues of importance to women were discussed, including employment equity, women in leadership, gender-based analysis, women with complex needs, and promoting cyber-safety for young girls.”

In addition to Johnson at the meeting were: Marilyn More, Nova Scotia’s Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, and Minister of Immigration; Valerie E. Docherty, Prince Edward Island’s Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and Minister of Community Services and Seniors; and New Brunswick’s Legislative Secretary Pam Lynch, representing Marie-Claude Blais, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues, Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

 The release notes that a presentation on the topic of women with complex needs was made by the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women for Newfoundland and Labrador.

The RNC and the RCMP provided ministers with insight into the situation of child pornography and child luring and the impacts of social media and cyber-violence on young girls.

More coverage in Thursday’s Telegram.

Organizations: Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women for Newfoundland and Labrador, RCMP

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island New Brunswick

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  • beddy
    October 10, 2012 - 20:41

    Great article. Interesting how there is no Advisory Council for the Status of Men. There are plenty of issues which males feel the brunt of and could use assistance with- the same way as money is being invested into the Status of Women Council...equality is a very important facet of a developing, media-savvy generation.