STATUS OF WOMEN -Report Highlights Women’s Economic InequalityDouble Workload Nova Scotia women are still striving for economic equality and abetter balance of responsibilities at work and at home, accordingto a statistical report released today, June 14. Women’s Paid andUnpaid Work is the fifth report in a series from the AdvisoryCouncil on the Status of Women. “Women are making progress, but there is still room forimprovement,” said Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Status of WomenMinister. “As a society, we still haven’t found a balance betweenthe needs of working parents, who are raising our futurecitizens, and the needs of employers.” “By and large, women still do the bulk of unpaid caregiving,often on top of paid work outside the home,” said Doreen Paris,advisory council chair. “These statistics show that. They supportcouncil’s ongoing work to help low-income women achieve well-paying work.” The picture for women in this province is mixed. Well-educated women in the professions have made great strides.However, two out of three women in Nova Scotia work in the retailand clerical sector, where incomes are modest, and where steady,full-time work is hard to come by. Women of African descent,aboriginal women and women with disabilities remain atsignificant disadvantage in the paid workforce. For immigrantwomen, whose education is, on average, higher than that ofCanadian-born women, unemployment is also a huge problem. The combination of work in the home and in the paid workforceemphasizes the need for adequate child care, family and caregiversupports and adequate social security, both for parental leaveand eventual retirement. The Advisory Council on the Status of Women researches manyissues to help governments and the public to better understandwhat affects women in Nova Scotia. This report was shared withresearchers and members of women’s equality-seeking organizationsand is available on the council’s website, at www.gov.ns.ca/staw.
Report by Easwaran RutnamAudio Playerhttp://colombogazette.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/vvvvv.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Also coming up is the UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva next month, the provincial council elections next month and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November.General Jayasuriya said that some groups may attempt to create instability and send the wrong message to the international community during this period.He also urged the media to act with responsibility and not place national security at risk by damaging the image of the security forces. (Colombo Gazette) Intelligence information has revealed that four university lecturers have gone to London to attend a pro ‘Eelam’ event organized by the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE), the Military said today.Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya told newspaper editors and heads of the electronic media, that this information came to light during a Security Council meeting in Colombo. He said that among the four lecturers who had gone this month to London is a lecturer from the Peradeniya university. General Jayasuriya said that the four lecturers had departed saying they were going to carry out some research but intelligence information found that they had gone to attend the TGTE event. He said that even Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarians R. Sampanthan and M.A. Sumanthiran were in Canada recently to attend a pro-LTTE event.“By doing so they are violating the constitution so they can be arrested. That is up to the legal authorities to look into,” he said.General Jayasuriya said that Sri Lanka is facing a few crucial months ahead with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay scheduled to arrive at the end of this month. He said that the army will brief Pillay when she comes and will also handle her security. The army media unit later said that at least 12 university lecturers have been invited for the pro-LTTE event.He noted that some elements in the Tamil Diaspora are still active in attempting to tarnish the image of the government and the military.