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News Release – Gender-based analysis implemented in government decision-making   


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In the News:
    - Top 2015 Women's Equality Moments
    - Missing and murdered indigenous women: 5 things an inquiry should consider
    - Ten Things You Should Know About The Gender Pay Gap
    - Domestic Silence: Meet the Faces of Abuse

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News Release: Gender-based analysis implemented in government decision-making
10 January 2016

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is now carrying-out gender-based analysis as part of its policy development process.

“To move New Brunswick forward, we must ensure differing gender-based needs are addressed,” said Premier Brian Gallant, who is also minister responsible for women’s equality. “Considering the gender impacts supports decision-making that is focused upon achieving greater social equality and it ensures opportunities are maximized for all New Brunswickers.”

The consistent application of gender-based analysis in government decision making is supported by a standardized, evidence-based tool. This allows programs and policies to be designed with a full appreciation of demographic information and life circumstances of diverse groups of women and men, girls, boys and self-identified gender groups.

The province’s gender-based analysis strategy was developed by an interdepartmental working group.


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On-line Survey: National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. Indigenous families and communities, National Aboriginal Organizations, non-governmental and international organizations, have asked the Government of Canada to take action on the high number of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, and to call a national inquiry to end the violence. This survey is an opportunity to provide input and feedback on the development of a national inquiry as outlined in the Discussion Guide.Please take the time to read the Discussion Guide before completing this survey. The survey should take roughly 10 minutes to complete. More information & survey can be found here:  

New Brunswick Coalition for Pay Equity, January 2016 Newsletter:

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) has developed a National Human Trafficking Assessment Tool to help guide first-contact service providers across Canada in identifying and responding to situations of human trafficking. The CCR hopes this tool will be useful to first-contact service providers, including service providers without extensive background on trafficking who may be in touch with a trafficked person in the course of their work. The CCR strongly encourages everyone to use the tool in conjunction to additional training on human trafficking, and to read through the assessment tool guidelines carefully so as to ensure a responsible and cautious approach. Please note that this is not a clinical tool. The Assessment Tool is available online in English, and will soon be available in French:  Please send any comments to:

Trauma – Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress: Fredericton, February 17- 18. This workshop provides a framework which describes different stages in resolving the impact of trauma, and includes key principles and strategies for working with individuals. Unable to attend?  Join the live webinar February 18 from 1pm - 2pm (CST).  Early Rate $375 (deadline January 27); Regular Rate $420. For more information: , 204.452.9199,

#ShesNotForSale: End Violence Against Women In Canada ... Many Canadians think sex trafficking is just an international issue - a crime happening "somewhere out there." It’s not: 93% of Canada's sex trafficked victims are Canadian girls. #ShesNotForSale is a campaign to end human trafficking in Canada. Share the video and support the campaign by visiting:

New online training offering an intro to domestic violence risk assessment, risk management & safety planning. Document, Monitor, Collaborate: A Primer on Domestic Violence Risk Assessment & Management offers an introduction to domestic violence risk assessment, risk management and safety planning for professionals in social work and social services, education, health, and union settings. This one hour course focuses on identifying warning signs and risk factors for domestic violence, having a conversation with a person you may be concerned about, and learning about when to reach out to other resources for collaboration and support. A certificate will be provided upon completion.

The Learning Network, of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children, produces and disseminates quarterly e-newsletters as part of their mandate to mobilize knowledge on violence against women, including sexual and domestic violence, sexual harassment and stalking, and the effects of exposure to domestic violence on children.  Links to additional information and online resources are provided to enhance learning.  Access the 2015 Newsletters on Intersectionality, Femicide, Sexual & Gender-based Harassment, and Intimate Partner Violence in Rainbow Communities here: Archived newsletters can also be found at that link, including an issue to Children Exposed to Domestic Violence and Honour our Voices, an online learning module on Children’s Perspectives of Domestic Violence.

Grant and Proposal Writing Essentials: Tuesday, January 26, 1 pm - 4pm, NRC Fredericton, 46 Dineen Drive (UNB Campus), Fredericton. This workshop will focus on: conducting a needs analysis; crafting a compelling opening and presenting a solution; developing goals and measurements suited to the funder’s interests. Cost: $30. Deadline for registration is January 18. For more information or to register please contact Carolyne Mongrain at the LearnSphere Canada: (506) 260‐0209, or register online today at

Support to Single Parents Programs, Moncton:
·  For the Sake of the Children (free) – 6 hour program (2 parts) that teaches ways to reduce the
   conflict between parents and also relieve the stress they are experiencing.  Focusing on helping
   parents help their children.  To register call toll-free 1-888-236-2444.
·  Options Programs (free) – Support to Single Parents in partnership with Empathic Life Solutions is
   pleased to offer Options Women’s and Men’s Groups.  These programs deal with the topic of
   intimate partner violence with a focus on developing healthy relationships.  For more information,
   contact Janice Tilley at 506-866-6940 or e-mail
·  Positive Parenting - Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, starting January 20, $30.
·  Changing Patterns for Rebuilding a New You - Thursdays, 10 am-12 pm, starting January 21,
·  Parenting Teenagers - Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, January 26, $30.
·  Self Esteem - Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, starting February 3, $80.
·  Assertiveness - Mondays, 9:30-11:30 am, starting February 8, $60.
·  Finding the “You” After Separation - Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, starting February 10, $60.
·  The Messages of Anger - Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, starting February 16, $30.
·  Helping the Family Thrive After Separation - Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm, starting February 23, $30.
·  Self Esteem - Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, May, $80.
No one will be refused service if they are unable to pay. Registration begins 3 weeks before start date. Call Nathalie at 506-858-1303 ext. 3301, Email:
For more information on programs:

Support to Single Parents – Annual Soupfest Fundraiser: Tuesday February 9, 2016 (snow date February 10).  $15 (in advance) $20 (at the door). Call Nathalie at 506-858-1303 ext. 3301,

Current Opportunities to Serve on New Brunswick Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs):   Qualified women and men having the highest personal and professional integrity are invited to serve on New Brunswick Agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs).  For more information, check out the following link:    ABC current opportunities

Voices of New Brunswick Women Consensus-Building Forum – Contact Us: Sartain MacDonald Building, 551 King Street, Suite 103, Fredericton NB E3B 1E7, T. 506.462.5179, 1-844-462-5179, F. 506.462.5069, E.,

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In 2011, 52% of all births in Canada were to mothers aged over 30 while in New Brunswick 40% were to mothers aged over 30.
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In the News:

Top 2015 Women's Equality Moments
Equal Rights Advocates' Top 2015 Women's Equality Moments (excerpts)

This list, while numbered, is not in any particular order of importance. It also isn't exhaustive. We gravitated toward moments featuring issues relevant to girls at school and women at work and those lifting women up as leaders, but even with these limitations, we know this list just gets us started. So help us! What great feminist moments should be included on this list? Respond here and we will produce an updated list on January 15, 2016. (…)

1.     Signing of the California Fair Pay Act
2.     Patricia Arquette's Oscar Winning Speech and Hollywood's Feminist Agenda
3.     Women's Economic Security Policy Agendas Gain Steam Across the Country
4.     Supreme Court Ruling Makes Same-Sex Marriage a Right Nationwide
5.     Violence Against Women Act Beefs Up Protections for Native American Women and
        Women on  College Campuses
6.     Hillary Clinton Announces her Candidacy for President
7.     Frontline Documentary, "Rape on the Night Shift"
8.     White House Pledges Over $100 million Toward Girls and Women of Color
9.     World Champion U.S. Women's National Soccer Team
10.   Loretta Lynch Sworn In As United States Attorney General
11.    #ILookLikeAnEngineer - After backlash from a woman being featured in a tech ad, many  
        female engineers took the moment to challenge stereotypes in the field. Women
        engineers began sharing their images with the viral hashtag #ILookLikeAnEngineer to  
        raise awareness.
12.    Salesforce's Pay Equity Commitment
13.    Angela Merkel Named TIME's Person of the Year - For the first time in 29 years, TIME
        named a woman as their "Person of the Year" - German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
14.    The Hunting Ground Shortlisted for Oscar Nomination


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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: 5 Things an Inquiry Should Consider
Critics suggest how Liberals can improve process as cross-country consultations begin

The sister of an Ontario First Nations woman who was killed in 1994 says the Liberals are "rushing" families into consultations on a national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Sonya Cywink from Whitefish River First Nation was slain just outside of London, Ont. Her killer has never been found.

Her sister, Mag Cywink, said she feels the government is moving too quickly with its cross-country tour of pre-inquiry consultations, beginning Wednesday in Thunder Bay, Ont.

"We've been dealing with this for 30-plus years, like, what's the hurry?" Cywink said. "I don't think they're very organized. I think they're rushing through things that for us are sensitive matters. It doesn't make a lot of sense to do that."

Cywink said she's worried family members who have not yet processed their grief will find themselves exposed in front of government ministers.

"They shouldn't be forcing us into a position where, unprepared, we have to perform. I don't want to perform when I go to these things," she said.

Minister of Status of Women Patty Hajdu said she is aware of the concerns being raised by family members and is working toward solving them.

"There's a saying that I used in my grassroots work: Not about us without us," Hajdu said. "From my perspective, that's something we can work on as a government."

CBC News spoke to several experts and compiled a list of five elements a national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls should consider:

1. Independence from government (…)
2. Expert inquiry staff (…)
3. Direct consultation with First Nations (…)
4. Immediate action (…)
5. Police accountability (…)


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Ten Things You Should Know About the Gender Pay Gap

According to the Fawcett Society, 9 November marked Equal Pay Day – the date from which women in Britain effectively work for free until the end of the year, due to the 14.2% gender pay gap. Myths and misconceptions still persist around unequal pay. (This week alone I’ve heard “the gender pay gap doesn’t exist”, “women shouldn’t have babies if they’re going to complain” and “women aren’t paid less, they just earn less”.) So in the interests of clearing up some confusion, here are 10 facts you might not know about the pay gap …

1. It starts young … really young

A website set up to allow parents to pay pocket money to their children via online accounts revealed that boys were paid 15% more than girls for doing the same chores. The gap widened for homework, where boys received more than double the amount of pocket money girls did for completing an assignment.

2. It’s an intersectional problem

Research by Race for Opportunity found that black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) workers make up a disproportionate number of people in low-paid jobs, with almost a quarter (23%) of Pakistani employees and a fifth of Bangladeshi, Chinese and Black Caribbean workers earning less than £25,000 per year…

3. It’s complicated

The pay gap exists for many and complex reasons. As well as both direct and indirect discrimination, there are issues such as occupational segregation, and the devaluation of jobs primarily associated with female labour. The fact that women make up the majority of part-time and low-paid workers, and the relative lack of promotion opportunities for part-time workers, are also factors. Among part-time workers, women are still more likely to be lower paid than men.

4. It happens across a huge variety of professions (…)



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Domestic Silence: Meet the Faces of Abuse

Maybe it’s a sprawling two-storey house in the suburbs, a perfect storybook home edged with neat lines of flowers, and children’s toys scattered about the lawn.

Maybe it’s a rundown apartment on a street well-known to police, a house on a remote First Nation, a picturesque farmhouse set far back from a dirt road.

Maybe it’s the home of a respected member of the community, a police officer, a politician, a lawyer.

Maybe there are scars and bruises, signs of what’s going on inside. More likely, there aren’t. (…)

Domestic violence expert Peter Jaffe says only 35 to 40 per cent of abuse is ever disclosed, meaning the majority of victims live in silence. Even if victims want to speak out, they may not feel as though they can.

“If you are a new refugee, there are language and cultural barriers to getting help,” says Jaffe, a psychologist and academic director at the University of Western Ontario’s Centre for Research on Violence Against Women & Children. “If you are an Aboriginal woman living in a remote northern area, where do you find a shelter? Who do you disclose to? If you are married to the mayor or a police officer or a school principal, is someone going to believe you or support you?” (…)

Jaffe says domestic violence moves “a centimetre at a time,” a progression so complex even victims may not realize what’s happening until they’re deeply entrenched in the relationship. Rarely does it begin with physical assault…

“People think domestic violence is just a black eye or a broken limb, but it is really about one person’s attempt to control and dominate their partner,” says Jaffe. “The most serious abuse is really about coercive control, and one person’s attempt to maintain that control. That’s the really insidious stuff.” (…)


Parting Thoughts

“A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.”

-Gloria Steinem

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