Government of New Brunswick

 

Objectives 

  • To be an independent voice that provides advice to government on matters of importance to women.
  • To bring to the attention of government and the public issues of interest and concern to women and women's substantive equality.
  • To include and engage women of all walks of life, women's groups and society in general.
  • To be strategic and provide advice on emerging and future issues.
  • To represent the voice of all NB women.
  • To foster a collaborative relationship with government. 
Autonomy 
 

The concept of an “independent voice” is often described as having the ability to speak fully on issues that matter to women without fear of repercussions; the ability to self-determine the agenda; and the ability to ensure the selection process of representatives be non-partisan. That is:

  • A publicly funded independent organization responsible for conducting research and consultations, intervening with the government on behalf of women and increasing awareness regarding women's issues from a non-partisan perspective;
  • Separate from government;
  • Freedom of expression / right to free speech;
  • Freedom to select issues / files to examine (and means);
  • Recognized by the government / collaborative (engaging) relationship;
  • Considered an important resource.