Halifax Regional Municipality, NS
Halifax is home to 414,000 people and has a unique and often unknown history in Canada with its African Nova Scotian and Aboriginal populations.
One of the pressing issues for women is employment equity. Specifically, there is under-representation of women in leadership positions (including government) and in all non-traditional roles, and women continue to receive lower wages than men in equivalent roles. In addition, equity and inclusion in formal education are lacking ― especially for women of Aboriginal and African Nova Scotian descent ― which negatively impacts the formal education that is received by girls and women from these groups.
The Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) established an African Nova Scotian Affairs Integration Office in 2012. This office is now part of the newly established Diversity and Inclusion Office, created in June 2015.
“Our organization is committed to providing high-quality public service to all citizens,” says African Nova Scotian Affairs Advisor Késa Munroe-Anderson. “We look forward to this new opportunity to engage the voices of women from African Nova Scotian, Urban Aboriginal, and immigrant communities in municipal decision making.”
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As part of the Diverse Voices for Change initiative, the HRM plans to work closely with its African Nova Scotian and Visible Minority Women’s Network ― which provides opportunities to network, enhance leadership skills and develop talents ― and to strengthen existing relationships with organizations such as African Canadian Women in Public Service; Nova Scotia Status of Women; the Black and Immigrant Women Network; Immigrant Women's Health Committee — Local Immigrants Partnership; Association of Black Social Workers; and women of the Mi'kmaw community.