2006 Report Card on Equality in New BrunswickWednesday, July 28 2010
According to the 2006 Report Card on the Status of Women in N.B. launched yesterday, New Brunswick rates are worse than the Canadian average in several areas including:
- sexual assaulters serving a conditional sentence,
- caesarean and hysterectomy rates,
- lone mothers living in poverty,
- births to teenage girls,
- number of female judges,
- salaries of child care workers,
- availability of regulated child care spaces,
- percentage of children who are breastfed.
The news was positive in other areas:
- In 2005, N.B. women earned on average $14.43/hr and men, $16.84, a pay gap of 14.3%. Canadian women earned on average 16.2% less than men.
- About 77% of all child support payments due through family court services were collected, compared to 76% the previous year.
- The number of fathers who receive parental leave benefits is 8 times what it was a few years ago, although men are still only 7% of all parental leave takers.
- While overall, the number of women in university continues to grow - they are 58% of full-time university students - women are losing ground in engineering, applied sciences, mathematics and physical sciences.
- Report Card www.acswcccf.nb.ca/english/acsw1.asp