MORELL, PEI, June 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT)
Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women met in Morell, Prince
Edward Island, on June 18 and 19, 2013, to discuss priority issues such
as promoting women's leadership and ending violence against women and
The 31st annual meeting was co-chaired by Susan Truppe, Parliamentary
Secretary for Status of Women, on behalf of the Honourable
Rona Ambrose, Canada's Minister of Public Works and Government Services
and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Valerie E.
Docherty, Prince Edward Island's Minister of Community Services and
Seniors and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women.
FPT Ministers were pleased to release their booklet, The Business Case for Women on Boards which was produced in collaboration with the Conference Board of Canada
and offers tips and advice to companies seeking to increase women's
representation on their boards of directors. Senior FPT officials also
recently hosted a symposium in Ottawa on the need to increase the
number of women on corporate boards. Women's representation on
corporate boards currently sits at 14.5% in Canada despite overwhelming
evidence that boards with more women perform more effectively.
The Ministers affirmed their commitment to ending violence against women
and girls, including cyberbullying and sexual violence, and underscored
the need for multi-level leadership and action to address this critical
issue, especially in light of recent tragic events. They credited
federal, provincial and territorial counterparts for their important
efforts to tackle violence against Aboriginal women. The Ministers also
highlighted the need to improve support for victims of violence,
particularly to ensure victims are not deterred from coming forward and
that all protections and supports are afforded to victims who choose to
proceed with criminal charges.
Statistics Canada released the FPT Ministers' updated Measuring Violence against Women: Statistical Trends report on February 25, 2013. This publication presents national and
provincial/territorial data on the major indicators of violence against
women and the results of a recent study on the costs of spousal
violence. As a follow-up to the report, Ministers issued a series of accessible online fact sheets that ensure all Canadians have key information on violence against
women and girls.
Since their first meeting in 1981, FPT Ministers have met regularly to
explore ways to achieve equality for women and to exchange information
on issues affecting women in Canada, particularly in the areas of
economic security, violence and human rights.
The next meeting of FPT Ministers responsible for the Status of Women
will be hosted by Northwest Territories in June 2014.
SOURCE: Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Ministers Responsible for the Status of Women
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Public Works and
Government Services and
Minister for Status of Women
Director General, Communications
and Strategic Planning
Status of Women Canada
Senior Communication Officer
Department of Community Services and Seniors
Government of Prince Edward Island
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