News and Current Issues

Poverty: Issues Facing Women

In Canada, more than 1.9 million women (age 18 and up) live on a low income, and more than 2.4 million women and girls (13.8%) are living on a low … Read more

The Shadow Pandemic

Growing alongside the COVID-19 crisis is what has been referred to as the ‘Shadow Pandemic’ or ‘Women’s Recession’ (also called the ‘She-session), as pandemic consequences are hitting women in unique … Read more

Economics: Issues Facing Women

In Canada, women in the core working ages of 25 to 54 earned an average of $26.92 per hour in 2018, while their male counterparts earned $31.05. In other words, … Read more

Employment: Issues Facing Women

Based on data from the LFS, women’s participation in the labour market increased by 60.4 percentage points between 1950 and 2015, from 21.6% to 82.0% (Chart 1). The upsurge in women with breadwinning … Read more

Education: Issues Facing Women

Over the past two and a half decades, there has been a sustained upward trend in educational attainment among Canadians, led by women. The proportion of women with a university … Read more

Sexualized Violence: Issues Facing Women

Women self-reported 553,000 sexual assaults in 2014, according to Statistics Canada’s General Social Survey on Victimization. Although both men and women experience sexual assault, women accounted for 92% of victims … Read more

Issues Facing Indigenous Women

First Nations, Métisand Inuit women (collectively referred to as Indigenous women) face many socio-economic issues today because of the effects of colonization. Moreover, social, economic and political marginalization, as well as racial stereotyping, discrimination, and the loss … Read more

Issues Facing Refugee Women

The 2006 Census enumerated 3,222,795 immigrant women in Canada, who made up 20.3% of the country’s female population. The proportion of immigrant women had not been at a similar level … Read more

Homelessness: Issues Facing Women

More than 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness annually, costing the economy $7 billion. On a given night, more than 35,000 Canadians are homeless. Women parenting on their own enter shelters at … Read more

Issues Facing Black Women

Black women and girls, in particular, continue to live in poverty and poor health, experience significant levels of violence, and struggle to access decent employment, housing and public services. In 2016, … Read more

Discrimination: Issues Facing Women

According to a new study by Plan International Canada, many women feel both sexes are still being pigeonholed into traditional gender roles. The study also finds that 70 per cent … Read more

Issues Facing Women During the Pandemic

Women’s Centres across Nova Scotia continue to provide services to women to the best of our abilities. This includes bringing issues of injustice or disproportionate impact to the attention of … Read more

General Health Statistics: Issues Facing Women

Sex and gender play an important role in affecting a patient’s health, their risk factors, how they experience health care and how health-care professionals provide care. Women, for instance, are … Read more

Domestic Violence: Issues Facing Women

Worldwide, one in three women experiences physical or sexual violence mostly by an intimate partner. Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or … Read more

Human Trafficking: Issues Facing Women

In 2016, Canadian police services reported 340 incidents of human trafficking where it was the most serious violation (Chart 1). According to police-reported data, there were a total of 865 … Read more

Additional Resources Needed for Women During Pandemic

There has been a disproportionate impact of the pandemic, and measures to address it, on women in the areas of mental health, health care, and other critical social justice (& … Read more

Women’s Centres are Open During the Pandemic

Women’s Centres across Nova Scotia continue to be open, providing services for women: During stay-at-home orders Women’s Centres provided remote services only – over the phone, email, video chat, etc. … Read more

Access to Online Pornography & What We Can Do About It

Recent events in Nova Scotia and across Canada are demanding our attention. The scandal at Dalhousie University Dental School, the allegations against Jian Ghomeshi, and the tragic loss of Rheteah … Read more

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Historical Look at Statistics: Issues Facing Women

International View: Canada loses status as the best place to live. Not too many years ago, Canada prided itself on being the best place on earth to live. Now, we … Read more

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The Pictou Statement: Feminist Statement On Guaranteed Living Income

by Lee Lakeman, Angela Miles and Linda Christiansen–Ruffman  For millennia women’s work, along with the free gifts of nature, has provided most of the true wealth of our communities. Women’s … Read more