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“We Need to Challenge Folks to Step Up,” Says Canadian Prime Minister at UN Women Event  


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In the News:
    - News Release - Premier Meets with Voices of Women Forum
    - She’s Documented Violence All Over The World, But Domestic Abuse in Canada Shocked Her
    - Moncton YWCA Program Aims to Teach Healthy Relationships  

Parting Thoughts


Press release: “We need to challenge folks to step up,” says Canadian Prime Minister at UN Women event

16 March 2016 - During a public conversation at UN Headquarters today, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka called on global leaders to do more to ensure gender equality and promote women’s empowerment…

 “This needs to be seen not as a women’s movement but as a global movement… We need to challenge folks to step up.”

A self-proclaimed feminist, [Trudeau] gained global acclaim for his matter-of-fact response to a question about why he appointed a gender-equal Cabinet last year: “Because it’s 2015.” At the high-level event today, Prime Minister Trudeau explained that in order to be able to appoint such a cabinet, his team deliberately sought out women to come forward as candidates. He also stressed continued efforts to retain women in leadership and foster better work-life balance in the workplace.

“To any world leader that tells me: ‘I’d love to, I just can’t do that with the current configuration’… I say ‘Well, what are you doing to change that configuration and draw out those extraordinary women who can’t be the leaders we need them to be’?” said Prime Minister Trudeau…

During the intimate and candid conversation, he said Canada still needs to do more to reduce wage inequality and confront violence against women, particularly against indigenous women. UN Women’s Executive Director stressed the importance of national legislation to end discrimination, achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and strong leadership “to dramatically change the landscape”.

“We insist in UN Women that the struggle for gender equality is not just for women—it is for everybody, and those with authority and power, especially; they must lead from the front,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka. “The Prime Minister had the authority to appoint a 50-50 cabinet. Leaders must use the authority that they have.”

Stressing the importance of engaging more men on gender equality, Prime Minister Trudeau said: “Why is it that every time I say I’m a feminist, Twitter explodes and news media’s feeds pick up? It shouldn’t be something that creates a reaction.” (…)

Continued and watch video here:  

See also: Canada renews commitment to promoting gender equality globally at United Nations


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Trades & Tech Gala for Girls – St. Stephen. There will be a Trades & Tech Gala for Girls event on Thursday, April 7 from 5:30-8:00pm at St. Stephen High School. All high school girls from grades 9-12 are invited to come explore exciting non-traditional careers and meet fascinating women working in these fields. This event is free and a pizza dinner is provided. To register or for more info, please visit our website, email or call (506) 462-5910.

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).  One of the current vacancies for appointment is for a board member to the New Brunswick Public Libraries Board.  The NBPLB is responsible for advising the Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour on issues related to policy, services, budget and standards for public library services. The Provincial Government is now accepting expressions of interest from individuals who have a demonstrated interest in the development and delivery of public library services in the province, and the desire to contribute their time and effort to support the provincial public library system; are residents of New Brunswick and are able to attend and participate in Board meetings (generally 2 per year) and actively participate in the proceedings. 

Other current opportunities to serve on New Brunswick’s agencies, boards and commissions include:
·   Horizon Health Network Board of Directors
·   Vitalité Health Network Board of Directors
·   New Brunswick Community College Board of Director
·   Workers’ Compensation Appeals Tribunal
·   New Brunswick Mental Health Act Tribunal
·   Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification Board
New Brunswick Combat Sport Commission
General information related to current opportunities, including the application form, can be found at:

A Bank NOTE-able Canadian Woman. The Bank of Canada is inviting Canadians to nominate an iconic woman to appear on a new bank note. Find out about the nomination criteria, how the selection process works and what you can do to help promote and share this historic campaign.

The Love Shouldn’t Hurt campaign will soon be launching a social media Survivor Series. They want to hear from survivors of IPV to share their thoughts and advice on the subject anonymously, through the Love Shouldn’t Hurt Facebook and Twitter accounts. If you are interested in contributing to this series (or simply want to learn more about it), please send a direct message through those accounts.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) - Women in Local Government. You can listen to the following webinars on Municipal Campaign Training for Women:
·   Campaign Financing
·   Deciding to Run
·   Media Relations
·   Social Media
·   Campaign Literature
For more information:

Municipal Elections in Canada: A Guide for Women Candidates. Why should women enter municipal politics? With women at the table, their issues are more likely to be included in all political discussions. Women also take a different approach to the process and to policy content.

Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) is pleased to offer the following family law workshops in March:
·   Edmundston - March 24 from 6:30-8:30pm - Modifier une ordonnance de pension alimentaire pour
·   Fredericton - March 31 from 7-9pm - Changing a Child Support Order
·   Saint John - March 23 from 6:30-8:30pm - Changing a Child Support Order
·   Moncton - March 30 from 6:30-8:30pm - Separation: Legal Considerations
·   Woodstock - March 29 from 7-9pm at the Sobeys Community Room, 370 Connell Road -
    Separation: Legal Considerations
·   Tracadie-Sheila - March 29 from 6:30-8:30pm - Demander le divorce
·   Miramichi - March 31 from 6:30-8:30pm - Preparing for a Family Court Hearing
To register, you must complete the on-line registration form or call the toll-free Family Law Information Line at: 1-888-236-2444.

Catherine Martin, Nancy's Chair St. Mary’s University 2015-2017, will be speaking about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Tuesday, March 29, 7-9 pm, St. Bernard’s Church (basement), Moncton. A member of the Millbrook First Nation in Truro, Nova Scotia, Catherine is an independent film producer, director, writer, facilitator, communications consultant, community activist, teacher, drummer, and the first woman Mi’kmaw filmmaker from the Atlantic region. Catherine’s many award-winning documentaries tell the stories of her nation. Free Will Offering (to support the continued work of the Partners in Healing project). Coffee & Sweets will be provided. RSVP:  phone:   506-854-3502, email:

Realities and Challenges of the Transgender Community Workshop: Thursday, March 31, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, at the Peace Centre (main auditorium), 22 Church Street, Moncton. The goal of this workshop is to educate employers, medical & mental health professionals, social service professionals, non-profit service providers, parents and the general public, offering an introduction into what it means to be transgender including; what it’s like to come out to oneself, to one’s family, and to the community. Then how does one deal with the issues that arise after coming out. Cost: free. To register, please call (506) 855-8525 or email

Family Enrichment - Upcoming Programs in Fredericton
·   Take Charge of YOUR Life! $59, Friday April 1, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. In this program, you will
    assess the choices you are making, evaluate their effectiveness, and learn to plan for actions
    that will create the life you want to live! Register by: March 25
·   Raising a Challenging Child: $ 119 (sponsorships available), six Saturdays, starting April 2,
    10:00–    12:00 noon. A program for Parents/Caregivers of Children aged 5 – 12. Register
    by: March 25
·   Anxiety & Panic: $129, eight Thursdays, starting April 7, 3:00 – 4:30 pm. An education/support
    group to help you change your relationship with anxiety/panic. Register by: April 1
·   Anger Management for Women: $79, four Saturdays, starting April 9, 1:30 – 3:30. In this program
    you will learn to take control of your anger and not let it control you.  Register by: April 4
Please register by contacting Family Enrichment at , 506-458-8211 or

Support to Single Parents Programs, Moncton:
·   Parenting Teenagers $30.00. April 12, 19 and 26, 9:30-11:30 am. Facilitator: Charlene Savoie,
    B.A.,RTC. This empowering 3-part program will assist parents in learning tools to guide their teens
    to make positive choices or live with the consequences for their behaviors.
·   Positive Parenting $30.00. April 19, 26 and May 3, 6:30-8:30 pm. Facilitator: Charlene Savoie,
    B.A.,RTC. This 3-part program is for parents of children 2-12 years old. Parents will learn how to
    greatly decrease unwanted behavior in their children, the six types of testing and manipulation and
    how to handle them and how to increase positive behaviors.
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:

Status of Women Canada is soliciting proposals for projects that will empower women to participate more actively in the democratic and public life of Canada. Organizations can apply for funding under Stream 1 of this call for proposals – Empowering Indigenous Women for Stronger Communities – by June 1. Organizations can apply for funding under Stream 2 – which includes both Empowering Women for Political Action and Empowering Women for Community Action – by April 20. For more information: or

Hear Our Voices: Children Exposed to Domestic Violence and Child Custody. The Miramichi Family Violence Prevention Network will be offering a full-day workshop with Dr. Peter Jaffe from the Centre for Research and Education on Violence against Women and Children. When: Thursday May 19, 8:30 am-3:00 pm at NBCC Miramichi. Registration fee: $50. Please register by May 4 – no refunds given after that date. Simultaneous translation from English to French will be provided. To register and for more information, contact Beth at (506) 778-6496 or

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 2014, in the elected band governments of New Brunswick’s 15 First Nations communities, women made up 35% of the councillors and 40% of the Chiefs.
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In the News:

News Release - Premier Meets with Voices of Women Forum
21 March 2016

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government remains focused on women’s issues, including gender parity, education, training and workplace equality, Premier Brian Gallant said today.

Continued support of women’s issues in New Brunswick and across Canada was on the agenda as Gallant met with the Voices of Women Forum.

“We discussed many issues that can improve the status of women in New Brunswick and bring gender parity,” said Gallant. “I was pleased to reconfirm our government’s support for education, training, equality in the workplace and an increased presence of women in positions of influence.”

The provincial government is a staunch supporter of the national inquiry on missing and murdered indigenous girls and women, said Gallant, also recognizing the support the forum members have lent to the inquiry.

Other issues discussed included the importance of the independence of the Voices of Women Forum as an advocate for women’s rights.

“The work these individuals do on behalf of all New Brunswickers is important, and that is why our government has restored the funding for the forum,” said Gallant.

He explained the provincial government’s efforts to have more women in positions of influence in New Brunswick.

Gallant encouraged more women to seek political office, and he said he would like more women sitting on government agencies, boards and commissions.

“Having women at the table will lead to equality, and it has been proven that equality helps the economy,” he said.

The provincial government is carrying out gender-based analysis as part of its policy development process. The consistent application of this analysis is being supported by a standardized, evidence-based tool.

Gallant reconfirmed the provincial government’s support of midwifery in the health-care system and its focus on improved education and childcare.

“Accessible, high-quality education and training are important for the future of our economy and our province,” said Gallant.

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She’s Documented Violence All Over the World, But Domestic Abuse in Canada Shocked Her

I’ve spent almost three decades making films on human rights and conflict, largely focused on violence against women. I’ve made documentaries on rape camps in Bosnia, on the civilian (largely women) toll of small arms and on so-called 'honour killings' in Jordan and the West Bank. I’ve filmed in Iraq, Gaza, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone, Iran…. So many places where women suffer unimaginably from conflict and violence.

I always thought of Canada and home as a safe haven. But that idea was shattered when I realized that for thousands of women in our own country, home is the place where most violence occurs. Home for some women is a place of personalized terrorism.

A Shifting Conversation

This past year has been full of news on this topic, from the Ray Rice elevator video, to Bill Cosby, to Jian Ghomeshi. Violence against women has become a dinner party topic. Anecdotally, it feels like an epidemic as more and more women speak out, telling the personal stories they have long kept hidden.

The numbers are staggering. Domestic violence causes nine times the number of deaths as civil wars, globally. One in three women have experienced violence in their lifetime. In Canada, in the same ten year period, three times more women were killed by their partners than all our troops killed in Afghanistan.

Every six days, a Canadian woman dies this way.

Breaking The Silence

What is perhaps more shocking, in a country like ours, is that we have no national strategy to prevent violence against women. Aboriginal women have been murdered or gone missing at unimaginable rates. And women of every background and economic strata suffer alone, ashamed to speak out, terrified to leave.


The War At Home aired on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 9 PM on CBC-TV and can be viewed online at:


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Moncton YWCA Program Aims to Teach Healthy Relationships

Girlspace teaches violence prevention, healthy relationships to young girls through experiental learning

Moncton-area girls will once again be given the chance to take part in a violence prevention program focused on creating healthy relationships.

The Atlantic Wellness Community Centre and the YWCA Moncton will be offering Girlspace, a 10-week program where young women learn about topics such as self-esteem, bullying and violence against women.

"The girls pick topics that are close to them. Healthy relationships is number one with Girlspace, with not just a romantic partner, but with anyone," said Alicia Duffy, communications and resource manager for YWCA Moncton.

The program, which starts March 17, began in the city in 2010 and hasn't been offered since 2014.

It's aimed towards young women anywhere from 12 to 16 years old who take part in activity-based discussions.

That could mean making a group web out of yarn, creating self portraits or even human bingo, where participants try to learn as much as they can about several other people.

"I think at the beginning it can be intimidating, joining a group of young women. It shows them that there is that possibility creating relationships outside of our comfort zones," said Duffy.

Girlspace has been offered in schools and as an after school program and is an important part of the way the YWCA approaches not only young women, but youth work in general, she says.

Duffy said that in the past community members have requested Girlspace be offered to younger girls in Grades 3, 4 and 5.

"We've had that program 10 to 15 times in the last five years," she said.

She says Girlspace participants attended the YWCA's annual general meeting in 2015 and were asked what the program meant to them.

 "For them it was a lot about community building, positive peer relationships and looking at themselves with positive regards." 

Parting Thoughts

“Words matter.  When a little girl is called bossy when she leads, it’s telling her to be quiet. 
I don’t want girls to be quiet.  I want them to roar!”

-Jennifer Garner


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