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Women's Network PEI

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.

Women's 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.

The 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.

PEI 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.

DAME - 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.

Looking 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.

Creating 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 and violence.

For more information on Women's Network PEI, or to become a member, call Laurie Ann McCardle at 368-5040 or email us at wnpei@isn.net

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