Speaking from Experience

Wednesday, December 14 2011

March 8, 2011

Elsie Hambrook, Chairperson, New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women   International Women's Day is about ordinary women making their own history – banding together to right wrongs, be heard, get fair treatment.   Most women who were marking Women’s Day 100 years ago did not have the right to vote or to own property – they were property.  Today, women officially have equal rights, and now our struggle is to make the changes necessary to actually live in equality.  To that end, women must continue to speak up.   In a world that has not yet been influenced by women’s equal participation, women speaking up can still throw a wrench in the best laid plans.     It is important for women to ask those disruptive questions - how a strategy hopes to succeed if women have not been taken into consideration, why even programs to solve major skills shortages ignore women, how medication or a health procedure can be certified if it’s not been tested on women, how economic development can ignore child care services, why so few elected officials, commentators and quoted experts are women and why this absence is unnoticed in this province, why violence against women is as common as ever, how governance is influenced by the fact that the great majority of leaders are from one gender, why the worst paid jobs often involve child care and the many other questions raised by women’s groups.   Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 and speak up every day.   For further information, contact Rosella Melanson, executive director, New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, 506 444-4101; 1 800 332-3087; rosella.melanson@gnb.ca ; www.acswcccf.nb.ca .  

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