The PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women meets four to six times a year in communities across PEI. At meetings, members focus on issues important to the status of Island women, plan actions to advise the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women and her government, and organize events and publications to raise public awareness.
Next meeting: May 21, 2021, Cornwall, PEI
March 16, 2021, Charlottetown, PEI
Recognition of Outgoing Chairperson
Council members met in a hybrid in-person/virtual meeting to recognize Debbie Langston’s final meeting as the Council’s Chairperson and to present Debbie with a service award. Members continued with strategic planning for the coming year to be ready to welcome a new Chairperson.
January 19, 2021, via videoconference hosted from Charlottetown, PEI
Council members met virtually to review Council business and strategic planning and to discuss a submission to government regarding priorites for the 2021-2022 provincial budget. Members prepared for the meeting with education resources and presentations on gender budgeting and basic income guarantee. The Council also discussed upcoming events such as Family Violence Prevention Week and International Women’s Day.
December 3, 2020, Charlottetown, PEI
Candle-Lighting for Victims of Violence
Council members assisted with a private, COVID-19 compliant candle-lighting ceremony to mark the 31st anniversary of the Montreal Massacre. Decision-makers, front-line workers, survivors, and families of murdered women lit candles in remembrance of the 14 women who died at l’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal in December 1989, and in memory of the ten Island women who have been murdered since. The candle-lighting was documented for a video commemoration for December 6th. The ceremony was followed by a business meeting.
October 2, 2020, Charlottetown, PEI
Release of Gender & COVID-19
Council gathered in Charlottetown using physical distancing protocols for a business meeting, and we celebrated the launch of the report Gender and COVID-19 in Prince Edward Island: In the Words of Women-Identifying Islanders, March to July 2020. The group welcomed Emma Chilton from Community Legal Information for an informative discussion of CLI’s tenant support program.
June 29, 2020, Summerside, PEI
Gender Impacts of COVID-19
Chairperson Debbie Langston welcomed members to a socially and physically distanced, but in-person meeting, at Eptek Centre in Summerside. Members held a roundtable on the gendered effects of the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the public health measures taken to prevent its spread. This discussion contributed to a Council publication on gender and COVID-19 being prepared for fall 2020.
May 13, 2020, via teleconference hosted from Charlottetown, PEI
Chairperson Debbie Langston brought Council members together via videoconference to check in on everyone’s wellbeing. Council members provided feedback to the Province on questions they had put forward about family violence prevention response during COVID-19 and on emergency leave provisions proposed for the Employment Standards Act for job protected leave for those following public health or emergency measures.