Women’s integration (Gender perspective to immigration)

Who came?

  • Ginette, Isabelle, Marie-Line, Kari, Natalia, Holly, Sungmi, Kathy, Rose-mai, Kim, Audrey, Constance, Heather

Questions?

  • How can the NB refugee clinic grow to better support precarious status women?

  • What is preventing our province to mirror women -specific programs that are happening across the country?

  • What funding opportunities exist to grow gendered programming for immigrant women?

  • Where is the government leadership (ahem, ‘’feminist’’ trudeau) to influence policies?

  • What are the systemic policies that contribute to the challenges re: immigrant? Women’s interaction

Notes & ideas

  • Women often follow their spouse as ‘dependents’ difficult to find work, child care etc.

  • Challenge values + family dynamics

  • Social isolation, how to leave the home (language barriers) mental health → interpretation challenges (eg. Woman interpreter)

  • Systemic issues: affordable child care, pay equity, foreign credential recognition, gender norms

  • Status: fear of deportation, huge gap in services for precarious status women

  • Settlement agencies have little resources to dedicate to gendered programming (no time!)

  • Community agencies + businesses need to extend their intersectional\gender\diversity lens to bring women to the table.

  • Need flexibility (+daycare) to allow more women to participate in settlement services

  • New Government strategy on family integration! Moving policy forward

Actions

  • Investigate funding channels

  • Connect with women newcomers: what do you need? What programs would be helpful?

  • Support NB immigrant women's association + similar initiatives

  • Seek to grow gender - analysis in settlement agencies + population growth: needs assessment to decipher how programs can be adapted or which new programs need to be developed.

  • Look at successful models from elsewhere in the country

  • Engage immigrant women in leadership positions + celebrate

Take away

  • Much overdue

  • Much to do

  • Where the heck are the men (decision makers)?

  • We’re pretty pissed