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Tomorrow is International Women’s Day!

In the News:

  • Career Exploration Trades & Tech for Girls
  • 25th anniversary celebrations for the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre
  • Provincial government update on pay equity

Parting Thoughts

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day!

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 is International Women’s Day (IWD), a celebration that is shared by women all around the world.  International Women's Day is a chance to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future.

This year's theme for International Women's Day is “#MyFeminism”, inspired by the role feminism continues to play in shaping Canada and countries around the world. With this in mind the Women’s Equality Branch will be hosting an Open House to celebrate this special day. Come meet staff, learn about our publications & programs, & celebrate the day!


When it comes to total income, more men (47,840) have an income of $60,000 than women (26,950) in New Brunswick. Men with disabilities are also more likely to have a total income of $60,000 than women with disabilities.

Equality Profile


Other News

Career Exploration in Trades & Technology for Girls – Fredericton (this event is in ENGLISH).

There will be a Career Exploration Event in Trades & Technology for Girls event on Wednesday, April 11 from 5:30-8:00pm at Leo Hayes 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,
or send an email to or call (506) 462-5910.

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25th anniversary celebrations for the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre

We invite you to attend the official launch of the 25th anniversary celebrations for the Muriel McQueen

Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research (MMFC). The launch will be held on Thursday, March 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the MMFC (678 Windsor St.) on UNB’s Fredericton campus.  We’ve chosen to launch our anniversary celebrations on International Women’s Day – an important occasion to promote women’s equality and celebrate the work that has been done to empower women everywhere. For a quarter of a century, the MMFC has been proud to be part of the solution to violence against women in Atlantic Canada.

The launch will include the premiere of a video promoting the Centre’s history. We will be joined by representatives from the MMFC Board of Directors, the Fergusson Foundation, UNB and our community partners. The event will be open to the media.


Provincial government update on pay equity

The provincial government is continuing efforts to implement and maintain pay equity as part of an ongoing commitment to achieving equality for women in the province, and thereby providing a better quality of life for women, children and families.

“Your government is committed to strengthening our economy and making life better for New Brunswick families,” said Premier Brian Gallant, who is also minister responsible for women’s equality. “Improving pay equity across all parts of government will strengthen our workforce and help support families. We have made great strides in implementing pay equity and we are on track to ensure that all eligible provincial Crown corporations achieve compliance by March 2018.”

Pay equity is based upon the principle that wages should reflect the value of the job regardless of whether it is a male or female doing the job.

Three out of seven eligible Crown corporations have achieved compliance with the Pay Equity Act of 2009.

In addition, the provincial government has completed five pay equity studies in Parts I, II and III of the public service for female-dominated groups of employees including CUPE 2745 (educational assistants and school administrative assistants), CUPE 1840 (court stenographers), Medical Science Professionals, Specialized Health Care Professionals, and Professional Support in Schools.

“NBPower is proud to support this important initiative and to be an early adopter,” said Sherry Thomson, chief human resources officer for NB Power. “We will continue to work to promote equitable compensation practices within NBPower and encourage other organizations to do the same.”

Increasing awareness of and working toward resolving pay equity issues will help to ensure that women are afforded the same rights as their peers in terms of compensation in the workplace. The government encourages private sector organizations to examine their wage structure and assess whether discrimination or pay equity is present within their organization. Tools and resources have been developed to assist in evaluating the compensation of work done by women.

Enhancing pay equity throughout the province has been outlined as a focus area in the New Brunswick Family Plan report on advancing women’s equality and is intended to contribute to making New Brunswick the best place to live, work and raise a family. The province continues to look for opportunities to work together with the private sector to help achieve pay equity and advance women’s equality.




Parting Thoughts

“A woman caring for her children; a woman striving to excel in the private sector; a woman partnering with her neighbors to make their street safer; a woman running for office to improve her country - they all have something to offer, and the more our societies empower women, the more we receive in return.”

-Queen Rania of Jordan




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