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Women's Network PEI is a not-for-profit volunteer organization
working on issues of importance to women. We have been incorporated
since 1984. Women's Network was born out of the need to provide
an avenue for feminist and woman-centered discussion. Initially,
this happened through the publication of Common Ground magazine.
Since those early days, we have grown and changed with the times.
We used to coordinate the Women's Festival and an annual fundraiser.
Now, most of our work is carried out through projects, funded
by government, returning tax dollars back to our community.
Network is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors. They represent
the paid membership. Being a member of Women's Network entitles
you to networking opportunities with others interested in women's
issues, borrowing privileges from our library (you are welcome
to come in and browse), access to our Health Information Resource
Centre's online services, receiving our bi-monthly newsletter
with upcoming events and general information, invitations to training
and/or workshops held throughout the year and a voice in Network
decisions and a vote at the Annual General Meeting.
Board of Directors uses Policy Governance to direct the day-to-day
affairs of the Network through the Executive Director. By linking
with the community, the Board determines the direction of work
we pursue. Currently, our work includes:
PEI Women's Coalition - Family Law Legal Aid for Women
on PEI, Phase II:
We are working in partnership with the East Prince Women's Information
Centre and members of the PEI Women's Coalition to address the
issues of Family Law Legal Aid on PEI and women's access to justice.
We had conducted original research, held consultations and have
developed a strategic plan. We are currently working on addressing
the elements of the plan.
Caucus on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Phase II:
We are working in partnership with organizations interested in
youth, women and sexual reproductive health issues. We have conducted
original research, hosted consultations and are in the process
of preparing for a policy workshop.
- Developing Actions towards Meaningful Employment, Phase II:
We are working with partners interested in women's economic autonomy.
We have conducted research and consultations into the barriers
to women's employment. We have been working to address some of
the issues through community economic development and through
gender-sensitivity workshops for employers.
Beyond the Surface: An Indepth Review of Parental Benefits:
Through this Atlantic project, we are working with partners to
conduct a review of the current legislation and host focus groups
with women concerning their access to Parental Benefits. Our goal
is to look towards recommendations that would make the legislation
more equitable for all women.
Safer Communities for Women with Disabilities, Phase II:
We are partners with DAWN and the Council of the Disabled. We
have hosted a conference for women with disabilities to discuss
their sense of security and wellbeing in their communities. We
have used this information to create a strategic plan to address
the issues. The issues focus on fixed incomes, transportation
more information on Women's Network PEI, or to become a member,
call Laurie Ann McCardle at 368-5040 or email us at email@example.com
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