The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women is celebrating its 40th anniversary during Women’s History Month in October.
This year’s Women’s History Month theme is Claim Your Place. It is a strong message to all women and girls to continue lifting each other up so everyone has a chance to reach their full potential and leave their mark on the world.
“October is a time to celebrate women, to remember how far we’ve come toward gender equality, and to look ahead to the important work we still have to do together,” said Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act. “As we celebrate the 40th anniversary, I want to recognize the members of the council, the Status of Women team, and the province’s many women-serving organizations for their dedication to addressing issues and supporting women and girls across the province.”
The Advisory Council and the team at the Status of Women office have an important leadership role to advance equality, fairness, and dignity for all women and girls in Nova Scotia.
“I am honoured to look back on the rich 40-year history of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women during this important month that celebrates the achievements of women,” said Michelle Kelly, council chair. “In Nova Scotia, we have seen important changes such as the dedicating of funds and research to combatting sexualized violence, and the recent funding of Mifegymiso.”
“As the council looks to the future, we will continue to build on these significant gains as we focus on issues of equality and giving a voice to Nova Scotian women and girls.”
October is also Mi’kmaq History Month, and its alignment with Women’s History Month is significant. At the end of October, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will hold community hearings in Nova Scotia.
“I am proud to stand with our Mi’kmaw sisters as we support the national inquiry, and I commend their leadership and commitment to supporting families every day,” said Ms. Regan.
The Advisory Council, in partnership with Mount Saint Vincent University’s Centre for Women in Business, will celebrate women in leadership at the 40th anniversary breakfast at the Lord Nelson Hotel in Halifax on Oct. 24. The event will feature keynote speaker Deborah Gillis, CEO of Catalyst. To register, go to https://women.gov.ns.ca. Tickets to the event are $15.
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