Draft Policy and Implementation Actions for the Equality of Women and Men: Montréal Consults the Public

    MONTREAL, Sept. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Ms. Helen Fotopulos, member of the
Executive Committee responsible for the Status of Women, is pleased to
announce the city will hold public consultations in September and October on
the draft policy Pour une participation égalitaire des femmes et des hommes à
la vie de Montréal (For Equal Participation of Women and Men in the Life of
    "The equality of women and of men is a matter of basic rights. True
democratic practices require an equal contribution from women and men in all
spheres of political, social, economic and cultural life. Such a contribution
includes the participation of women in decision-making, power sharing and
accountability," said Ms. Fotopulos.
    The public consultations will be chaired by Ms. Marie Cinq-Mars, of the
Commission du conseil sur le développement culturel et la qualité du milieu de
vie. They will take place on two occasions. On September 25, the Commission
will hold an information session that will allow residents, representatives of
interest groups and women's groups to become acquainted with the draft policy
and obtain more information on the subject.
    On October 9 and 10, the Commission will hold a session for the filing of
submissions, thereby providing a forum for participants to express their
concerns on the topic of equality for men and women, either verbally or
through the filing of written submissions. Following these meetings, the
Commission will table its report during a public session at City Hall on
October 29.
    The draft policy and implementation includes five areas: governance, the
city as an employer, services to residents, economic development and
international influence. The policy outlines the progress achieved in Montréal
over a period of more than 20 years with respect to the status of women and
implementation actions that could be adopted by borough officials and by the
central city administration. Such actions would be introduced over the mean
term, in compliance with the city's financial framework.
    Under the governance heading, the city proposes increasing the number of
women serving in senior management positions. With respect to the city as an
employer, Montréal hopes to conclude the agreements needed to implement the
Pay Equity Act and to apply its new Programme d'accès à l'égalité en employ
(Equal Access to Employment Program). In terms of resident services, the draft
policy suggests improving the overall range of services to better meet the
needs of women through such methods as adopting more flexible operating hours
for city service points (Accès Montréal offices, borough offices and library
system) and the city's sports and cultural facilities.
    The information session and the submission session will both be held at
7:00 p.m. at City Hall located at 275, rue Notre-Dame Est.
    In the case of the information session on September 25, all prospective
speakers must first contact the City Clerk's office at (514) 872-3770 or speak
with the representative at the reception table, 30 minutes prior to the start
of the meeting. A question-answer period will also be aside for the public,
following comments by those who have previously signed up to speak.
    Individuals and organizations wishing to file a submission on October 9
or 10 are asked to contact the City Clerk's Office at (514) 872-3770 and to
send 15 copies of their document, plus an electronic version, by October 9, to
the Montréal City Clerk's Office at Suite R-134 of City Hall, 275, rue
Notre-Dame Est, Montréal (Québec), H2Y 1C6.
    You may consult the document Pour une participation égalitaire des femmes
et des hommes à la vie de Montréal at Accès Montréal offices, borough offices,
at the Montréal City Clerk's office and on the Web at
www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/commissions and

For further information:

For further information: Mylène Bernard, Communications Officer, Service
des communications et des relations avec les citoyens, (514) 868-5103; Source:
Darren Becker, Mayor's Office, (514) 872-6412

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