5 Things Your Liberal Government Did For Women and Girls This Week

Today is International Day of the Girl, and we know how important supporting women and girls is to the culture of our province.

That’s why your Liberal government made supporting women a priority during the second week in the legislature.

Here’s a rundown of what happened this week:

  1. Premier Stephen McNeil checked out some local entrepreneurs

The Premier spent Tuesday morning visiting with some shops in Dartmouth and talking about how government supports small businesses. Check out his post here.


  1. Amended the Fatality Investigations Act

We tabled a bill which included the creation of a committee to review domestic violence deaths. Domestic violence can happen to anyone, but statistics show the majority of incidents are experienced by women. These amendments to the Fatality Investigations Act, which also included the creation of a Child Death Review Committee, will help us prevent tragedies like these in the future.

  1. Released Guidelines for Sexual Violence Prevention on Campuses

Students deserve to feel safe on university and college campuses in the province. That is why work is advancing to support a change in the culture and strong survivor-centric sexual violence policies.

The Provincial Sexual Violence Prevention Committee has developed guidelines and recommendations for post-secondary institutions which are critical to ensuring Nova Scotia students can learn in environments free from sexual violence. You can read more about it here.

  1. Expanding access to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program

The impact of sexual assault can be devastating and long-lasting. That’s why we’re proud to be investing over $1.3 million dollars to expand the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program to two more hospitals in the province. Further, this investment will allow VON to begin working with the Nova Scotia Health Authority to train new nurses. Once in place, the SANE program will then be available through all regional hospitals across the province.


  1. International Day of the Girl

Today, on International Day of the Girl, we welcomed Kayley Dixon of Dartmouth to the legislature and thanked her for her leadership, dedication and service she has given to her community and our province. To learn more about her hard work see here.

We’re proud of our support of women and girls in this province, and we want them to see that they are capable of anything they set their minds to and that they have support when they need it.