National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

In honour of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women held a memorable event this morning where over 200 leading women, who have advocated and worked to prevent domestic violence in Nova Scotia, attended.

There were remarks given by the Honourable Mary Clancy, and the Honourable Kelly Regan — to name a few. To see the full list of presenters, please view the event program (within the album).

What brought tears to my eyes was the 14 students who are currently studying engineering at Dalhousie University; Each student gave the name of a student who died at Polytechnique Montreal exactly 30 years ago.

I would like to thank Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard, the key note speaker, for describing how this horrific tragedy changed our country… especially in regards to bringing about action plans against domestic violence. Also, how women are occupying many male dominated professions, which is a remarkable change. However, there is still a lot of work to be done to prevent domestic violence; What is important is that we bring a cultural change in our own homes and lives in the way we treat girls and boys.

I was delighted to hear Chief Julia Cecchetto speak, as she is the first female chief of police in Nova Scotia.

It was an honour to attend.

Thank you.