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 Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. March is also Nutrition Month. While this is often a time to emphasize the importance of eating well, and a reminder of the old adage “ we are what we eat”. We at Connect are having a difficult time “celebrating” food and nutrition this month, knowing that many of us are facing a food crisis due to the post pandemic price of food. According to IPES-Food the world saw “record-breaking high food prices in February-May 2022, hitting food insecure countries and rural populations hard. Numbers of undernourished people could increase by 13 million this year.” We want to bring attention to the food crisis here in Nova Scotia no, click here to read more.
International Women’s Day – March 8, 2023
International Women’s Day #EmbraceEquity – March 8, 2023
This 2023, we mark International Women’s Day with the theme of Embrace Equity. On March 8, let’s join in celebration for women’s and girl’s success in the social, economic, cultural, and political aspects. We have already come so far in the pursuit for a gender-equal society, the working industry of women has only gone stronger. Learn more about the history of IWD in Canada here and this year’s theme and embrace equity.
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International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – March 21, 2023
This day marks the anniversary of the dreadful incident that killed 69 peaceful people demonstrating against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa. The ripple effect of police open firing on a crowd gathered for this tragedy is still felt around the world. Although apartheid has officially been diminished for decades, the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination has not yet received universal ratification. While progress has been made locally and internationally, we at Connect recognize, Indigenous Peoples, racialized communities and religious minorities still face racism and discrimination every day.
Nutrition Month – Whole month of March 2023
When Hippocrates said “Let thy food be thy medicine” we are reminded that the connection between food and health has been known since about 300 BC. Without a doubt what we eat influences our health. Yet for many trying to get back to a pre-pandemic state of health; good food is simply out of our price range. Which is why during National Nutrition Month 2023, we want to bring a great deal of attention to the impact the high cost of food is having on levels of food in/security to Nova Scotians. Many of our friends and neighbours are struggling to buy food.