Statement from the Green Party Leader on International Women’s Day

FREDERICTON – Green Party leader and MLA for Fredericton-South David Coon issued a statement today, in recognition of International Women’s Day:


“Today is International Women’s Day.

This year, I want to recognize the importance of women on the frontlines of the pandemic. Women are the pillars of our care system, whether in healthcare, special care and nursing homes, home care, transition houses, and daycares. Not to mention the vast amount of unpaid care work that women have disproportionately taken on during the pandemic, often while continuing to work their regular jobs. 

Care work, whether paid or unpaid, must be recognized and valued. 

The retail sector is also dominated by woman workers, facing the fears and anxiety of the pandemic head on, without the luxury of being behind a Zoom screen. 

Words of recognition are nice, but wouldn’t it be even better if we could honour the work of women on the frontlines of the pandemic by ensuring that they are paid fairly for their work?  We need to recognize that many woman-dominated fields remain sorely underpaid.

Let’s work to make sure that by the next International Women’s Day, women working in our care sector are fairly paid.”

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>Living within Our Ecological Means

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Local Self-Reliance

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Real Democracy

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Social Justice and Equality

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Active Citizenship

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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