Save the NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women

This week, the New Brunswick government introduced its 2011 Budget, which abolishes the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, effective April 1.

The government says the ACSW provides the same services as the Women’s Issues Branch. However, the ACSW argues their work does not overlap and that it’s crucial to have an agency like theirs that has objective distance from the government in order for them to evaluate government programs critically. Because of its direct relationship with the government, the Women’s Issues Branch can’t have the same independent influence.

The ACSW’s budget is only $418,000, a paltry amount compared to the overall provincial budget, and compared to the good work they do on issues like pay equity, child care, poverty, women seniors, violence against women, and many more . The ACSW is arguing that the Alward government is cutting their funding not for financial reasons, but for ideological ones.

Across Canada, we’ve seen similar attacks by right-wing governments. Here in BC we’re still losing women’s centres partly due to loss of government funding under the Liberals. One silver lining is that Canadian feminist activists are more prepared to take action and show governments that these attacks on organizations dedicated to women’s equality are unacceptable.

Here’s what you can do to support the ACSW:

-Jarrah

Posted on by Jarrah Hodge in Can-Con, Feminism, Politics 2 Comments

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Jarrah Hodge

Jarrah Hodge is the founder and editor of gender-focus.com. She has also written for the Huffington Post, Bitch Magazine Blogs, the Vancouver Observer and About-Face. Jarrah has B.A. in Women’s Studies and Sociology from UBC. She’s a fan of politics, Star Trek, musical theatre, and brunch.

2 Responses to Save the NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women

  1. Tom Lorette

    I would hope that David Alward will re-think this cut and realize that this is something that serves the women of NB and is very cost effective. Women rights and freedoms have come along way because of organization such as this and men learn also about womens concerns. CSW is a low budget service and to important to cut for such a small savings.

     
  2. jarrahpenguin

    Hi Holly,

    For the NB Status group at http://www.facebook.com/#!/home.php?sk=group_108606645888020&ap=1 I’m able to add my friends, so maybe they’ve changed that? I didn’t start the group so I’m not sure.

    For the Gender Focus page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Gender-Focus/165699843450663), it’s a fan page and not a group, so people can share it and ask friends to join but can’t directly add their friends.

    I hope this answers your question.

     

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