Nova Scotia - Today, women’s rights activists launched a video campaign highlighting some of the issues that women will be watching for in the upcoming session of the Nova Scotia Legislature. The Women’s Action Alliance for Change Nova Scotia (WACNS) is gathering clips from women across the province to highlight what women are expecting from the Nova Scotia government.
“We want to remind the government that cuts to public services in Nova Scotia will have a detrimental impact on the lives of women in Nova Scotia,” says Kaley Kennedy, a member of the steering committee of WACNS. “We hope the government will listen to women’s voices on the public policies we need to see in our province.”
In Nova Scotia, women make up 67% and 85% of workers in the education and health sectors. On average, pay in the public sector is higher, and include good benefits for women including extended health and maternity benefits. Two thirds of women in the public sector have pensions.
According to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, women aged 25 to 44 are more than twice as likely as men the same age to be spending over 60 hours per week caring for children and women are much more likely to spend significant amounts of time doing unpaid housework and/or caring for seniors.
“We need the province to take a leadership role in advocating for a Nova Scotia that prioritizes equity and justice,” continued Kennedy. “Cuts to education, healthcare and other public services offload our collective responsibilities onto the backs of women.” Women will also be at the legislature for the throne speech and the release of the budget.
For more information or for an interview, contact Kaley Kennedy at (902) 293-9683.