…lots to do! get out there, folks!


Tuesday, March 1st

Kickaction’s Blogging Carnival

Starting Tuesday, March 1st, Kickaction.ca is inviting young women to connect, speak out and blog on issues they care about during a month-long blogging carnival!

For four weeks during the month of March, that includes the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day – more than 6,000 young women share stories and opinions about weekly themes such as immigration, sexual identity, women and art and much more!

The Kickaction Blogging Carnival’s objective is to provide an activity that is accessible to anyone with an internet connection, as well as create a space for young women to address the issues they face and to exchange comments and thoughts. Despite popular belief, young women actively use media and the internet to their own advantage. They are organizing, mobilizing, expressing themselves, building communities, critiquing and creating something new.

The Blogging Carnival is part of the Girls Action Foundation National Day of Action, an annual event to raise awareness of the challenges faced by girls, specifically marginalized ones, and provide resources and opportunities that empower girls and young women to institute change in their lives, their communities and in the wider society.

To get in on the action you can;
– Read the blogs;
– Join the discussion by commenting;
– Share with your friends, write about the Carnival and cross-post online!

To get the latest news, find us on Facebook!

An initiative of Girls Action Foundation / Fondation filles d’action, Kickaction.ca is a bilingual online community space for girls and young women who think for themselves, take a stand, and act creatively to bring positive change to their communities and across the globe. Take a look at discussions already underway at kickaction.ca.

To learn more about Girls Action Foundation / Fondation filles d’action, visit our site at girlsactionfoundation.ca or call us at 1.888.948.1112

For more information about the Kickaction Carnival, you can email andrea@girlsactionfoundation.ca.


Friday, March 4th

March Forth

A celebration of our political, economic and social triumphs

International Women’s Day 2011: Celebrating 100 years

March 4th Halifax Club
8 am Breakfast event
Keynotes 9 am – 10:30 am

Sponsored by McInnes Cooper Law Firm

Women from across Canada who have blazed trails in politics, economic development and are shaping the social fabric of our country join us in Halifax! After we hear from presenters, Senator Martin and Lee Malleau, CEO of Economic Development for the City of Vancouver, attendees will be invited to ask questions and maybe even test a business pitch on our Dragons’ Den producer.



Saturday, March 5

2011 Celebrations for the 100th. Anniversary of International Women’s Day

A Celebration of Women in Film and Television Presented in cooperation with Women in Film and Television Atlantic (WIFT-AT)

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.  A symposium for registered delegates at the Mount

for more information contact info@wift-at.com

9 p.m.  Park Lane Cinemas, feature films directed by women; tickets, $5 at the door. Everyone Welcome.


Sunday, March 6th

A Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at the Mount

7–9 p.m., MSVU Art Gallery, limited seating,
RSVP 457-6581 or nancys-chair-25th@msvu.ca


Monday March 7th

Social Tea and Chat

At the United Church Hall
Edgewater Street, Mahone Bay

6:30pm social tea and chat
7:00pm Sew and Tell followed by the presentation.

As part of the monthly meeting of the Mahone Bay Quilters Guild

The presentation consists of a slide show of women and their stories, 25 quilted wall hangings and textiles, a scrapbook of more women’s stories, and a theme song.

No Charge

Contact Anna Davison:  902-624-9575, annadavison@eastlink.ca


Mental Health Coalition Nova Scotia
“The Future of Mental Health Care” Public Mental Health Forum

1:00pm – 4:30pm

“The Future of Mental Health Care”
Halifax Forum (Bingo Hall Entrance)
2901 Windsor Street, Halifax

Presentations By:

Louise Bradley, CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Dr. Michael Ungar, Co-Chair, Mental Health Strategy Advisory Committee &

Terry Taylor, Special Projects Manager, NS Health Research Foundation

Dr. Nick Delva, Head & District Chief, Dalhousie Department of Psychiatry/Co-Lead CDHA Mental Health Program

Maureen Wheller, Senior Communications Advisor, CDHA Mental Health Program

Dr. Sharon Clark, IWK Strategic Planning Working Group

Mental Health Forum Emcee’s:
Susan Kilbride Roper and Roy Muise

Free Admission, Registration Not Required
Everyone Welcome
35th Anniversary of “Atlantis”, a Women’s Studies Journal

3:45 PM
Please join us for coffee, snacks, and “Atlantis” information in the Mount library, main entrance.


Tuesday, March 8th

The 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day Pancake Breakfast

Location: The Mount Seton Faculty Lounge 404-405

Woven Together: Stories of Women’s Empowerment, Solidarity & Creativity with African Threads, and the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers

St. Mary’s University, Loyola L170
3:30 to 4:30 PM

A fundraiser for the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign to support grandmothers in Africa who are caring for their children, grandchildren, and orphans due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  Woven Together will feature Valerie Header’s African Threads, and the stories and artwork from women’s collectives in South Africa.  African Threads’ hand embroidered textiles and beadworks will be available for purchase at the event, with 15% of the profits going to Grandmothers to Grandmothers.  The afternoon will also include stories of the Gathering in Swaziland in 2010, where 500 grandmothers from 14 countries including Canada joined in solidarity to turn the tide of the AIDS epidemic in Africa.  The Manzini Statement will be shared, and the afternoon will end with African dance and drumming.


“Smoking Glass Ceiling”

Location: The Mount, Rosaria Multi-Purpose Room, 4:30–8:00pm
A one-woman theatre piece written and performed by Rita Shelton Deverell Poets; musicians; food and fun.
Free and open to the public. A $5 donation suggested to benefit the Mount’s Student Refugee Program.


“Getting Girls and Women More Active Through Effective Leadership”

Fairbanks Center, Dartmouth NS

Active Halifax Communities
in partnership with
The Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity Invites you to come and help us celebrate International Women’s Day and take part in our

FREE workshop:
“Getting Girls and Women More Active Through Effective Leadership”


Getting girls active: Becoming the catalyst for positive change
Speaker: Dr. Wendy Bedingfield

Where to start: Prioritizing the next steps and creating work-life balance
Speaker: Professor Ann Dodge

Creating a system of support: Developing systems to support your efforts to create affective change
Facilitator: Carol Davis-Jamieson

Who should attend: We want people who value the active lifestyles of girls and women. As space is limited we ask that you take the time to consider who would best represent your organization, department, community or program.*

Registration Deadline is March 1st at 4pm.

For more information or to register for this event please contact
Active Halifax Communities

*We wish to make this a barrier free event. Please let us now if you need help with the cost of travel. The Fairbanks Center is wheelchair accessible. Parking is free and plentiful. Lunch will be provided.

International Women’s Day is a major day of global celebration of women

Summer Street Industries

12 noon to 1:30pm.

The first IWD was observed March 1911 in Germany.

To celebrate these momentous occasions the Pictou County Women’s Centre is hosting a Celebration Luncheon on March 8th 2011 at Summer Street Industries from 12 noon to 1:30pm.

The luncheon will feature International Speakers, Korean Food and African Drumming. There will also be a 50/50 draw.

Tickets are $25 each or $175 for a table of 8. For more information or to purchase tickets /reserve a table contact the Women’s Centre 503 South Frederick St. New Glasgow 755-4647.

Tickets must be purchased in advance.

International Women’s Day Luncheon

Bras d’Or Hall, Bras d’Or
12:00 noon

Guest speaker Dorene Bernard.  Tickets $25 or table bookings of eight guests.  All proceeds support the Well Women’s Clinic at the Northside General Hospital.   Tickets on sale January 31, 2011 by calling 794-8870 or available at Rollie’s Wharf and the Clansman Motel.
Voices of Celebration: International Women’s Day @100

Location: MSVU auditorium at 166 Bedford Hwy.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. and run until 9 p.m.
A reception follows until 10 p.m.

Our vision is to celebrate womanhood, sisterhood and motherhood with a staged performance at the MSVU auditorium (seating for 200) that will incorporate story telling, performance arts and music. A reception will follow the performances. The event is free although we will be accepting freewill offerings to support AI’s women’s human rights programs.

Stephanie Domet, host of CBC’s Main Street, has agreed to be our emcee. Performers include:

a. Susan Crowe, renowned singer songwriter
b. Catherine Bank, Governor-General Award winning playwright
c. Catherine Martin, Mi’kmaq filmmaker, drummer, educator
d. Shauntay Grant, spoken word artist, pianist, Poet Laureate
e. Dawn Sloane, HRM Councillor
f. Rene Ross, Exec Dir Stepping Stone
g. Renee Black, UNIFEM
h. Rita Clare Leblanc, a local student who is building a school in Africa

The audience and performers are invited to stay afterward for a reception. Refreshments will be served.

In addition to the staged event, performers and others are contributing their stories, poems, plays, etc., to a book that will be produced and used to raise funds for women’s human rights campaigns into the future. The book will be announced at the March 8th event. We are in the process of researching optimum publishing routes and for a designer to volunteer her skills to our publication.

Local black and white photographer Andrew Murphy has committed to donating his skills and time to photograph the women who will be contributing their stories to the book.

To reserve your ticket visit http://voicesofcelebration-autohome.eventbrite.com/


MacKenzie Street, Sydney, N.S.

Women only, 19yrs. & over
Admission at the Door $10.00 waged $5.00 unwaged
For more info call 567-1212

St. Francis Xavier University International Women’s Week

Launch of This is What a Feminist Looks Life photography exhibit
100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day and 15th Anniversary of Women’s and Gender Studies Program

4th Floor Seminar Room
11:15 am
Cake and refreshments

Second Story Women’s Centre 25th Anniversary Quilt Unveiling

Second Story Women’s Centre – 22 King St.

Second Story Women’s Centre will be celebrating International Women’s Day with an open house, Sip and See. We will begin the day with an unveiling and hanging of our 25th anniversary quilt, thanking and acknowledging the women who made it.

Sip and See is a day of mini-workshops, healing sessions, tea and treats.
There will be Healing Touch, Energy Healing, Health Kinesiology, Soul Coaching, Storytelling, Photography, Art, Drama, Drumming, Singing and Local Food. The Centre will be open from 11 am until 7 pm. All are welcome.

Camp Courage Presents: Women of Courage

100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day with Camp Courage

Celebrating our progress and inspiring it’s continuation!

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day on Tuesday March 8th Camp Courage has two highly educated, experienced, decorated professional speakers that have furthered the progress of women nationally and internationally.  A female firefighter and police officer from New York will recount their career experiences including responding to the World Trade Centre tragedy on September 11th.   Please see attachments for more information or go to http://www.campcourage.ca.  100% of the proceeds go to Camp Courage, a free police, fire, paramedic camp for girls aged 15-19.

Short Movie 6:30-7:30: Taking the Heat The First Women – Firefighters of New York City

Susan Sarandon narrates the remarkable story of Brenda Berkman and the first female firefighters of New York City.  The year was 1977. Recent amendments to the law made it illegal to further prohibit women from applying for the job. The women faced an entrance exam which was described as the most arduous test ever given to firefighters. Berkman, a marathon runner and law student failed along with the other ninety women that showed up. She won a class action suit against New York City and the FDNY.  View movie trailer here Taking the Heat

Guest Speakers 7:30-9:00: Brenda Berkman and Theresa Tobin

Both Berkman and Tobin poses multiple master degrees; have an incredible list of awards and commendations ranging from a White House Fellow to NYPD’s Medal of Valor; have taught courses and presented keynote addresses national and internationally; have been involved with numerous organizations to further the progress of women and have had movies and books featuring them.



Hero’s of Ground Zero

Recounting their experiences from responding to the World Trade Center Tragedy on September 11th, 2001.

100% of the proceeds go to Camp Courage, a free police, fire, paramedic camp for girls aged 15-19.  For official tax receipts please specify during payment by clicking on the link “Would like a taxable receipt?”and writing yes in the text box.

Donation Minimum: $10.00 before March 7th;  $15.00 at the door



“…midwives want women running the show…they let the woman’s choices be at the forefront of her experience.”

Birthing an Ancient Practice: A Place for Midwifery in Nova Scotia
by Gianna Lauren


On Thursday December 16, CKDU 88.1FM in Halifax will feature the premiere of an exclusive audio investigation entitled Birthing an Ancient Practice: A Place for Midwifery in Nova Scotia. The documentary explores the topic of Midwifery in Nova Scotia by showcasing voices of women and men who have encountered the occupation in various degrees.

The focus of the piece opens with a historical evaluation of midwifery’s integration into the provincial health system and how regulation influenced the practice. The narrative explores the practice of midwifery and the specific model of care and approach to labour and birth shaped by working midwives in the province. We hear from individuals involved in the process behind introducing midwifery as a regulated health profession, and on the other end of the spectrum, voices from consumers of midwifery that present a wide range of feedback on the current format of care in Nova Scotia.

Midwifery is a customary practice that pre-dates hospitals and medical schools and health administrations, yet each Canadian province measures midwifery care in various scales of value and some provincial health departments fail to recognize it at all. Nova Scotia has achieved regulation but the model is still growing to establish a format that works for both consumers and the health department. Women’s access to choice is at the forefront of this audio piece, this snapshot of time, capturing the experiences of midwifery in Nova Scotia and objectives for the future of the practice.

Birthing an Ancient Practice: A Place for Midwifery in Nova Scotia was produced by Gianna Lauren, supported by CKDU FM and funded by the Community Radio Fund of Canada.

Please tune in! If you are unable to catch the premiere, visit the documentary website.

Birthing an Ancient Practice: A Place for Midwifery in Nova Scotia
Thursday December 16
14:00 – 15:30
Tune into 88.1FM in Halifax
Stream at www.ckdu.ca

*second premiere is scheduled for Monday December 20 at 11:00am.


The documentary is also available on audio disc in charming packaging created by Halifax-based designer, Krista Davis. Thank you, Krista!

And thank you listeners for your continuous support! Do not hesitate to contact me for media inquiries or more information about the project.

Gianna Lauren


7 pm – Rally @ Victoria Park (corner of Spring Garden Road & South
Park Street) hosted by spoken word artist El Jones.*
8 pm – March through the streets of downtown Halifax
9 pm – Community gathering and reception @ the MicMac Native Friendship

*There will be an opportunity for women in attendance to speak about their experiences, should they wish to do so, in an open mic-style format.

Take Back the Night is an evening where women and children from diverse communities and struggles come together in collective resistance against sexual violence. It is a time for honouring the strength and resilence of women who have experienced violence and to speak out against the social and political systems that perpertuate violence against women. Ultimately, we reclaim the streets as a space
where all should be able to walk free from the threat and fear of violence.

Allies (non-woman identified folks) are welcome to attend Take Back the Night and march under the leadership of women.

Also!!! Please join us for an TBTN after party at the Company House! You will all be in the neighbourhood anyhow so why not? It’s a fundraiser being organized by Third Wave Radio and it is going to be smashing!

Here are the details:

Take On the Night
by women, for everyone

Brought to you by Third Wave Radio (a weekly female-focused news and music program on CKDU 88.1FM and www.ckdu.ca)

The Company House
2202 Gottingen Street
Music by Ladies Beverage Room – rad local female djay collective!

This is a fundraiser for CKDU
Halifax’s alternative radio station
Pay What You Can 8:30pm
Come dance, talk, and celebrate women!

The Company House is wheelchair accessible and this event is for folk 19+

Why we march:

To stand together as women, refusing to be silent about sexual violence.

To celebrate the steps we are taking to support each other and to create change.

To remind us of our individual and collective strength.

To remember our sisters who have survived, and those who have been taken from us, as a result of sexual violence.

To proclaim our shared desire for all to live freely without the threat and fear of violence.

For more information about Tack Back the Night folks can call
(494-2432) or e-mail (dwc@dal.ca) the Dal Women’s Centre.

Much gratitude and we look forward to marching with you!

The RebELLEs Movement wants to see YOU at the 2nd Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering May 20-23, 2011 | Winnipeg, Manitoba

For more information contact:

2011 Organization Committee (OC) based in Winnipeg: femrev.collective@gmail.com

Pan-Canadian Secretariat based in Montreal: info@rebelles.org

Check out the RebELLEs Manifesta that was created and adopted at the first gathering:


More information coming soon!

Stay tuned for more details about the 2nd Pan-Canadian Young Feminist Gathering and the different ways you can get involved and contribute to the organization and mobilization in your own province or territory.

Though the gathering is limited to young feminists, there is room for women of all ages to support and be involved.

In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have!

Love and Rage,


RebELLEs OC 2011



Hey there –
There is a woman creating a zine recording women’s experiences of arrest and detention during the G20.  If you are interested in contacting her, you can reach her a msallygoodwin7@gmail.com.  There is an article about her experience in the Peterborough Examiner at http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=2653980

Shout Out! Media Canadian Tour

in Halifax July 24 – 25 2010

Shout Out! Media is an interdisciplinary group of Toronto graduate students who are working in partnership with the Girls Action Foundation in creating a cross-Canada media literacy and video production workshop series for girls aged 12-17.


The tour began in Victoria, B.C. May 2010 and ends in Halifax, N.S. July 2010. Each session will last 2 days and will be held free of charge to insure inclusion of all interested participants.


HALIFAX DATE: July 24 & 25 at the Roberts Street Social Centre, 5684 Roberts Street

Why Girls?

Girls and young women encounter unique social, political and economic barriers in their everyday lives. Research with and for girls and young women indicates that gendered spaces and programming combat a diverse range of issues that are associated with growing up female. Girls-only spaces are desperately needed in Canada – to empower girls to tell their own stories, be their own experts, think critically, develop positive friendships, and build skills.


The goal of the tour is to:


EDUCATE: We will be conducting workshops in both rural and urban settings to increase media knowledge and literacy.  Discussing television, magazines and advertisements, we will be addressing and deconstructing issues of “beauty”, self-esteem, body image, fame and sexuality.


INSPIRE: Hands-on media production seminars will be held, where the girls will have the opportunity to tell their own stories through media, including video-making, photography, and collage.


CONNECT: At the end of each session a community screening and art show will be held to further encourage dialogue between girls and their communities. Through an interactive multimedia website which will act as a “virtual community center”, those involved will have the ability to connect with one another through the Internet.  Sharing their own stories, ideas, questions, as well as having access to a wide variety of listed resources on issues that may concern them, we hope to bring together girls who may have previously felt isolated, alone or unsupported, through the sharing of their own experiences.


to register please contact: info@robertsstreet.org

For more info check out: www.shoutoutmedia.ning.com

Hey folks,


Thanks for your patience! Third Wave Radio on CKDU 88.1FM in Halifax or http://www.ckdu.ca is returning to campus and community radio airwaves on Thursday July 15 2010 with all brand-new content!


Tune is at 2pm AT on http://www.ckdu.ca or 88.1FM in Halifax.


Missed it!

– Gianna