Recognizing Women February 2024

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Have you stuck to any personal resolutions you made this year?  Why not consider participating in global resolutions?  If you haven’t had a chance, it may be of interest to you to take a look at the 17 Global Goals – known as the Sustainable Development Goals, or simply the Global Goals. They aim to transform the world over the next 15 years. They build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, which were written and adopted in 2000. Without a doubt have helped to improve the lives of millions of people around the world. Some of the days of awareness this month are part of those global goals.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 

The International Day of Zero Tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM), observed annually on the 6th of February, provides an opportunity for all stakeholders involved in ending FGM to acknowledge their achievements, advocate for the abandonment of the practice and raise awareness. If you don’t believe or are outraged that women still endure genital mutilation, read more here.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2024 

To achieve full and equal access to and participation in science, and to further achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/70/212 declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Join women experts, youth, and professionals in dialogues and discussions to put Science, Technology, and Innovation at the heart of sustainable development programs here

Read more on Connect’s blog, about some amazing NS youth in science.

You can also learn more about this year’s activities and schedules on their official website here.

Nova Scotia Family Violence Prevention Week 

Sunday, Feb. 11 to Saturday, Feb. 17 is Family Violence Prevention Week in the province, a week dedicated to raising awareness about preventing violence in Nova Scotia homes. Here in Nova Scotia, we are all-too-familiar with the consequences of family violence and the deaths that result from it. Simply knowing about family violence prevention resources can save someone’s life. Get yourself educated and prepared today!

Heritage Day in Nova Scotia – February 19, 2024

This year, the Nova Scotia Heritage Day will be observed on February 19, 2024. This day is an annual reminder of our storied past and an opportunity to honor the remarkable people, places, and events that have contributed to this province’s unique heritage.   This year’s honouree is William Hall, a highly successful sailor, and  recipient of the Victoria Cross for  “gallant conduct at a twenty-four-pounder gun”.  For details about Heritage Day legislation, read Guide to the Nova Scotia Labour Standards Code (PDF) and learn more about its history here.

Pink Shirt Day Anti-bullying Day

In 2007, Berwick Nova Scotia, after a new student at their school was bullied for wearing a pink shirt, two grade 12 students bought 50 pink shirts and encouraged their classmates to wear pink. The next day they went to distribute the shirts and to their surprise the majority of students arrived wearing pink!  With that act of kindness, Pink Shirt Day was born. Join host Maya Kara and WITSup the walrus on February 28, 2024, for this special event, registration is now open! 

One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women (cisgender, transgender, and those who hold fluid identities that are subject to gender-based violence) in human history. The campaign, which launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. In 2024, we escalate the call to Rise For Freedom because of the persistent intensification of violence – ongoing rape, hate, exclusion, killing, discrimination, exploitation, abuse, wars, division, occupation and control. JOIN ONE BILLION RISING 2024. RISE FOR FREEDOM. BE THE NEW WORLD.