Health and Well-Being at the Forefront of Discussion at Premier’s Roundtable on Gender Equity
February 6, 2023
The third session of the Premier’s Roundtable on Gender Equity was held today (Monday, February 6) with close to 60 people in attendance. Participants included representatives from across government, Indigenous Governments and Organizations, political parties, leaders from community-based agencies, experiential experts, and advocates in the areas of gender equity and social justice.
The Honourable Pam Parsons, Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality, opened the day alongside Indigenous leaders and Elders. The session began with an opening ceremony that included smudging and lighting of the Kullik, with throat singing and drum dancing shared at the end of the day.
This session focused on the topics of integrational well-being and care work; access to health and culture; and taking action towards gender equity and well-being. These topics highlight the impact of social determinants of health on the overall wellness of individuals.
The Premier’s Roundtable on Gender Equity was created as a dedicated space to identify ways to further advance gender equity in the province. It is an opportunity for participants to help shape solutions that foster inclusion and respect in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Information and knowledge captured at the Premier’s Roundtable on Gender Equity is used to help inform the ongoing work of the Provincial Government to achieving true gender equity in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“Our government is committed to working with all stakeholders on innovative solutions for the benefit of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. This roundtable is an important forum to listen and learn from leaders, experts and community members that are doing important and innovative work. This kind of collaboration and understanding is vital to building a more equitable province for people of all genders, and I thank everyone involved.”
Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
“At today’s session we were able to identify opportunities to build on the great work that is happening throughout the province to create a more equitable place for people of all genders. Our government sees the importance of focusing on a well-being approach to meet the needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Today’s discussions allowed space to deepen our collective understanding and draw out solutions to address some of the gendered issues that are impacting people’s lives every day. I extend my thanks to everyone who participated in today’s session.”
Honourable Pam Parsons
Minister Responsible for Women and Gender Equality
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