The Advisory Council was established in 1977 under the
Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act and the
Advisory Council on the Status of Women Regulations.
It was created to educate the public and advise the
provincial government on issues of interest and concern
to women. The Advisory Council works to make sure
that issues affecting the lives of Nova Scotia women
become part of the government's plan.
Our concerns touch all areas of women's lives.
Twenty-four community groups from across Nova Scotia are receiving more than $630,000 in Prevention Innovation Grants through the province’s Sexual Violence Strategy.
Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard announced the recipients today, April 24, in Annapolis Royal.
“Once again, so many Nova Scotians are coming forward to raise awareness and help prevent sexual violence,” said Ms. Bernard. “I applaud the grant recipients for using their creativity and passion to put their ideas into practice, and in many cases with projects that engage young people.”
The grants support community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved populations such as African Nova Scotians, First Nations and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community, to reach out to their peers in innovative ways.
The province also launched a new online training course that is available free of charge for Nova Scotians to learn more about sexual violence, how to respond to a disclosure of sexual violence and how to support someone who has survived it.
Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence: A Nova Scotia Resource is for service providers, friends, family members, neighbours, teachers, first responders, counselors, and anyone who is acting as a support person, or is concerned about sexual violence.
“Thanks to the expertise and unwavering passion of a committee of people from communities across the province, Nova Scotians can access a resource to help them handle a very difficult subject that needs to be addressed,” said Ms. Bernard.