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The N.B. Women's Council (formerly the Voices of New Brunswick Women Consensus-Building Forum) was established in 2014 to promote the equality of women and girls in New Brunswick, to provide advice to government on matters of importance to women, and to bring to the attention of the public issues of interest and concern to women. The Council is comprised of members representing equity-seeking organizations, as well as individual members.

 

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The New Brunswick Women’s Council is recommending that government further develop a number of action items in the New Brunswick Family Plan that are meant to advance women’s equality. 


Earlier this month, the New Brunswick Women’s Council Act was proclaimed and came into force. The act had previously been introduced in the Legislative Assembly in May 2016 and passed into law with support from both sides of the House and Royal Assent from the Lieutenant Governor in July 2016.


The New Brunswick Women’s Council applauds the Government of New Brunswick’s commitment to create a program that will provide Mifegymiso free of charge to New Brunswickers with a valid Medicare card. 


The New Brunswick Women’s Council welcomes government’s decision to introduce a financial incentive for parties to support women candidates in provincial elections in response to recommendations from the Electoral Reform Commission.


The New Brunswick Women’s Council welcomes legislation to update the province’s Human Rights Act by adding gender identity and expression and family status to the list of prohibited grounds for discrimination and modernizing language on disability.


The New Brunswick Women’s Council is pleased to release a gender-based response to government’s Family Plan Framework. The release of this document coincides with the launch of government’s provincial consultation tour on the framework.


The New Brunswick Women’s Council supports the government’s introduction of the Intimate Partner Violence Intervention Act in the provincial legislature yesterday.


In light of new information on law enforcement’s handling of reports of sexual violence, the New Brunswick Women’s Council is urging the Government of New Brunswick to take immediate action to improve institutional responses to sexual violence in the province.


Today and Monday, February 13th, two events that aim to boost the number of women in elected politics will take place in Fredericton: Daughters of the Vote and Women for 50%. The New Brunswick Women’s Council welcomes the growing movement to increase the number of women participating in elected politics in the province while emphasizing that changes to the political process are needed to address the issue.