Premier meets with Voices of Women Forum
March 21, 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.
Sheila Lagacé, corporate communications,
Executive Council Office, 506-444-4088.