We are all Treaty People – National Indigenous People Day – June 21, 2023

We would like to begin by acknowledging that the nine Women’s Centres are in Mi’kma’ki the traditional and ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People and we acknowledge them as the … Read more

Recognizing Women June 2023

If I had to pick one word to summarize June’s days of awareness, it would be be People.  As you read through the awareness raising that occurs this month please … Read more

It was 1990 when WHO Declassified Homosexuality as a Mental Disorder!

May 17th was chosen to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) because it was that day in 1990 that the World Health Organization made the decision … Read more

Recognizing Women May 2023

Many Reasons to Celebrate in May At first glance, there seem to be many reasons to celebrate the arrival of May, warmer weather, spring flowers,  and longer days.  But for … Read more

Recognizing Women April 2023

April brings to light the incidence, insidiousness and impact of sexual violence. With staggering statistics throughout Nova Scotia, and Canada it is no wonder the focus of 3/4 awareness days … Read more

A Call Towards Education and Awareness to end Sexual Violence Against Women

Sexual assault, harassment, and/or violence is defined as any form of unconsented sexual contact (e.g., kissing, touching, rape). Sexual assault can also happen verbally in the form of jokes, threats, … Read more

If you Believe – Take the Pledge

Start Believing- a practical plan to address victim blaming in sexual assault cases. The issue of victim blaming in sexual assault cases is a complex and longstanding challenge in Canada, … Read more

Are You On the Gender Mainstreaming Bus? Do you want to be?

Waaaay back in 1995, the Government of Canada rolled out the Federal Plan for Gender Equality. Here is a link to the PDF version of that plan. Which was Canada’s response … Read more

Recognizing Women March 2023

At Connect this month we observe, International Women’s Day and International Day – which happens to be on of our favourite days of the year.  We also recognize the International … Read more

IWD 2023 #EmbraceEquity and Embrace Yourself

This March, we celebrate women across the globe. Yearly, millions of people join together to celebrate the achievements of women through generations that continuously fight for gender equality. On International … Read more

When was the last time milk was on sale for 2 for $5?

As if the pandemic wasn’t enough, our friends and neighbour are now facing a food cost crisis.  Basic staples such as bread, fruits, and vegetables, have been priced out of … Read more

Rita Joe 2023 Heritage Day Honouree

In December 2013, the Nova Scotia government introduced a bill to create a holiday on the third Monday in February. This was partly in response to public pressure, as many … Read more

Recognizing Women February 2023

Is one of your New Year’s resolution to take a stand, to lobby, to advocate for those in need, or causes that you are passionate about? This month provides lots … Read more

January Stalking Awareness Month: This is Bigger Than You and Me

We recognize that as language use evolves, words can become contronyms and simultaneously have opposite meanings. Innocuous examples include Custom: A common practice, or a special treatment, Finished: Completed, or … Read more

Recognizing Women January 2023

Happy New Year- Maybe? Ringing in a new calendar year is often full of emotion. For some it could feel exciting with the anticipation of a new start. For some, … Read more

Recognizing Women December 2023

The Lotus Centre Anniversary  We operate from a feminist perspective that is, by definition, rooted in women’s experience. Feminism is a political, social, and cultural movement dedicated to promoting equal … Read more

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence – Day 16 – This is Not the End

This day marks the last of the 16 Days of Activism for 2022 and this year’s theme of “UNITE!”. We will continue to raise awareness and share knowledge in the … Read more

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence – Day 15 – The Law Against GBV in Canada

According to the Criminal code of Canada, It is against the law to harm or threaten to harm another person, or to engage in harassing conduct as defined. All forms … Read more

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence – Day 14 – Am I a victim? Do I know a victim?

Among many other things, the Covid pandemic has brought deeper and wider awareness of mental and emotional duress to the forefront of our workplaces, schools, and our homes.  All over … Read more

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence – Day 13 – GBV in Canada by the Numbers

Two-thirds (64%) of people in Canada know a woman who has experienced physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. In the area of IPV (Intimate Partner Violence), 44% of women reported experiencing … Read more