On Monday here at the Madawaska Museum in Edmundston, organizers unveiled the program for an event that they consider to be one of the most important events in the upcoming World Acadian Congress – and that’s the 2014 Women’s Summit.
Executive director of the World Acadian Congress Leo Paul Charest says, “it has been in past congresses and its always had a great success,”
Everywhere women decide, women act. That’s the theme of the Women’s Summit that will take place August 17th through the 19th at the Convention Center in downtown Edmundston. The summit gives women a chance to come together, listen to speakers, and be a part of discussions all based around three main topics – the participation of women in daily life and in the community, women’s access to positions of power, and taking the realities of women into account in decision making.
SM: Women will have a bunch of activities where they have the opportunity to discuss around our team and try to find the answers to some of their worry and their problems.
It’s an event that’s taken more than a year to plan – and officials from both the World Acadian Congress and the Feminist grouping of New Brunswick hope to see between two and three hundred women attend.
Sylvie Morin, Chair of the Organizing Committee of the Women’s Summit, says, “it’s important for us to make women more aware of the inequity that still exists today and also to give them the tools to participate in their community and their government to greater extent.”
World Acadian Congress Executive Director Leo Paul Charest says as far as the entire congress goes, everything is on schedule.
“Ready or not it’s going to start on the 8th but I want to say that I think we’re ready,” he said.
Charest adds that we’ll hear a number of announcements like this one in the next few weeks.