Rise Up: Celebrating the 2020 Girls Conference in Halifax

On March 6, nearly 400 young women from across Nova Scotia gathered at MSVU in Halifax for a day of discussions on feminism, female empowerment, and equality.

One young woman shared live updates from the conference on a CBC Instagram channel, @CBC_EastCoast

(Siobhan Gallagher for CBC East Coast)

Courageous, creative, confident. Those are just three of the qualities organizers of the sold-out Girls Conference hoped to nurture in their young attendees. CBC East Coast's special Instagram correspondent Brooke Hamilton thinks they hit the mark. She shared live updates from the sold-out conference on social media throughout the day. You can find her posts here.

On Friday, March 6, nearly 400 young women from across the province gathered at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in Halifax for a day of sessions and workshops on a wide array of female-focused topics. It was the 9th annual conference, put on by MSVU and the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender, and Social Justice.

The conference aims to help this generation of Nova Scotian girls develop and celebrate their talents, and to help them empower themselves.

Some of the topics covered during the sessions included how to write and publish stories about the climate crisis, understanding reproductive justice, learning self-defence, and examining the difference between healthy and toxic relationships. 

Lighter topics were also covered, like expressing yourself through dance, a "Positivity Party" that includes karaoke and poster-making, powerlifting basics, and how to design and develop your own games. 

Helicopter pilot Allison Rumbolt and singer-songwriter Zamani gave keynote addresses, and spoken word poet El Jones performed. CBC's Portia Clark served as the conference's MC. You can hear her interview with two young attendees here, on CBC Listen.