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I have been following with dismay the decision of the government of New Brunswick (NB), a Canadian province, to dismantle the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women (ACSW).

I have, however, not been surprised.

Some Background )

About The Issue (from the blog for the ACSW):

During his election campaign, David Alward promised that, if elected, he would consult with the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women. Then he released the 2011 provincial budget, which abolishes the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, effective April 1st.

The government is stating that the NB ACSW is going to be absorbed into the government’s existing internal Women’s Issues Branch to “eliminate overlap” and that this move is not an attempt to “water down the activities” of the organization. The government has stated that there will be no staffing reduction as a result of this move.

Of course, the Women’s Issues Branch and the ACSW do not overlap and the Women’s Issues Branch cannot simply absorb the work of the ACSW. The ACSW’s defining feature (and the reason it is so important) is that it is an arms-length agency that has the freedom to criticize the government, its policies and its decisions. By its very nature, as a government department the Women’s Issues Branch cannot act as an independent voice for the women of New Brunswick the way that the ACSW does. (There is also a staff reduction as a result of the abolition of the ACSW: two full-time staff have been offered positions with the Women’s Issues Branch while one full-time staff and a part-time contract worker have not.)

But what does the NB ACSW actually do? (This is long, because they do a lot of things) )

Why is this happening? )

Okay, what can I do if I don't live in NB? )

Where can I learn more? )

What happens next?

This Thursday, the NB Legislature (the provincial government) will debate the motion to reinstate the NB ACSW, as proposed by the opposition Liberals. Hopefully the outcry against this decision will lead to a change.

It is not too late to stand up in solidarity. I hope you will be able to do so, and add your words to those calling for the continued existence and support of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women.


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