On September 12th the All Candidates Debate on Women’s Rights and Gender Equity was held at Citadel High School. THANS partnered with Adsum for Women and Children, Alice House, Association of Black Social Workers, Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia, Immigrant Migrant Women’s Association of Halifax, Local Council of Women Halifax, Nova Scotia League for Equal Opportunities, Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, Spatz Theatre, The Marguerite Centre, United Way Halifax, Welcome Housing Women’s Centres, Connect Nova Scotia and YWCA Halifax, to host this well-attended event.

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Federal candidates, Jo-Ann Roberts (Green Party), Christine Saulnier (NDP), Bruce Holland (Conservative) and Andy Fillmore (Liberal) spoke on the rights of Indigenous women, women’s economic security, violence against women, childcare, and homelessness.

When asked about women’s rights, NDP candidate, Christine Saulnier stated, “There isn’t one…This is fundamental and essential to our bodily autonomy and integrity. And it is ours. Hands off.”

In the Media:

https://www.writers.ns.ca/events/all-candidates-debate-womens-rights-and-gender-equity.html

https://www.thecoast.ca/RealityBites/archives/2019/09/13/halifax-federal-candidates-kick-off-election-campaign-with-debate-on-womens-rights-and-gender-issues

The following day, on September 13th, our Coordinator, Dr. Shiva Nourpanah, had the pleasure of meeting with 18 female leaders from around the world through an event hosted by the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. These women were in Nova Scotia to participate in a seven-week intensive women’s leadership program at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish. Dr. Nourpanah introduced them to THANS’ programs and facilitated a discussion on domestic violence globally.

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THANS has had an eventful summer and we look forward to a busy fall season. Stay tuned for updates from our upcoming training in trauma-informed childcare practices for staff of our partner organizations.