In October 2014, as our government took office, we committed to restoring the autonomy and independence of the advisory body on women’s issues.

Advancing the status of women is important for the New Brunswick economy and our social fabric

Now, after an extensive consultation process with the Voices of New Brunswick Women Consensus-Building Forum, we will honour that commitment.

Later today I will table a bill entitled the New Brunswick Women’s Council Act, which will provide a legislative framework for the independence of what is now known as the Voices of New Brunswick Women Consensus-Building Forum.

The objectives of the New Brunswick Women’s Council will be to provide advice to government on matters of importance to women and advocate for women’s equality.

Honouring this key commitment is the latest in a series of measures our government has taken to promote women’s equality in New Brunswick.

Earlier this year, our government began using gender-based analysis in our decision-making process. 

We sent a New Brunswick delegation to the National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

We have increased opportunities for skills training and education for New Brunswick women, and we have confirmed our support for midwivery in New Brunswick.

And we have advocated for more women in positions of influence and actively encouraged them to run for political office.

We have been working to advance gender equality in our province as an important part of building a strong economy with more jobs for all New Brunswick residents.

There is still much to do to achieve gender equality in our society, and we all have a role to play.

Today, our government’s role is to restore the autonomy and independence of the women’s advisory body in New Brunswick.