SDG 5: Gender Equality

Gender inequality is persistent, global, and is devastating to achieving peaceful, prosperous societies. Many of Dalhousie's successes have been because of the efforts of women students, faculty, staff members, and leaders, who have had to overcome barriers along the way. Our work towards gender equality and gender equity at the university, and more broadly, must be intentional and ongoing.

High-impact research

Dr. Paola Marcato appointed the CBCF‑Atlantic Region Endowed Chair in Breast Cancer Research

In the next five years, Dr. Marcato hopes to see some of her research applied in clinical settings in the care of patients with breast cancer. Her work on non-coding RNA, which has been shown to play an important role in cancer and other diseases, has significant potential for future clinical translation.
Read more in Faculty of Medicine news

Strengthening systems responses to violence against women in Canadian provinces

Dr. Yakubovich and team are investigating how organizations that serve women who experience violence adapted during the pandemic. They will evaluate how well these adaptations met the needs of women to provide guidance for supporting women during future public health emergencies.

PhD candidate Martha Paynter on what overturning Roe v. Wade could mean for abortion access

Martha Paynter, a PhD candidate at Dalhousie and registered nurse in the field of reproductive health who published Abortion to Abolition: Reproductive Health and Justice in Canada shares her views on the abortion debate.
Read more in Dal News

Disenfranchising Indigenous women: The legacy of coverture in Canada

Cheryl Simon, assistant professor in Aboriginal and Indigenous law, says discussions about the source of Indigenous identity must take place with the full involvement of Indigenous women.
Read more in The Conversation

Shining the spotlight. Sparking action.

The vision for the Women in Research Caucus (WiRC) is to build a Dalhousie University research community that listens to, fosters and promotes all women research faculty and trainee members equally.

Exceptional student experience

Dal neurosurgery residency attains gender parity in promising first

One of Dal's most competitive residency programs has become the first of its kind in Canada to reach — and, in fact, exceed — gender parity among trainees. Of the 11 current trainees in the Division of Neurosurgery’s six-year postgraduate training program, six identify as female.
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Leadership program helps female‑identifying Computer Science students realize potential

Over the past two years, the Leacross Foundation has gifted more than $200,000 to the Faculty’s WeAreAllCS initiative to increase diversity in computer science through scholarships and programming to support the attraction and progression of female-identifying students.
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Providing gender‑affirming care at on‑campus clinics

Several doctors at the Student Health & Wellness Clinic in Halifax are now trained in gender-affirming care. The university is able to offer supportive services including initiating and maintaining gender-affirming hormone therapy, providing letters of readiness for gender-affirming surgery, and post-surgical follow-up right on campus.
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Women in Engineering aims to overcome the gender gap

The Faculty of Engineering Women in Engineering Society (WIE) facilitates the success of women students by offering a variety of services such as hands-on skills workshops, career development workshops, volunteer opportunities to gain transferable skills, sponsorship to WIE conferences, and professional networking.  

Halifax's only full time gender justice centre

The South House is a student-funded, volunteer-driven resource centre that seeks to address and advocate for anti-oppression issues within a feminist framework.  

Welcoming and supportive child care

The University Children’s Centre is a non-profit organization that believes children of all abilities are entitled to participate in a high quality, affordable early learning and care experience.
Read more about balancing kids and courses at Dal

Civic university with global impact

Empowering girls and women to be passionate, informed, and confident

SuperNOVA’s free Girls Count program combines weekly educational programming with continued mentorship to target gender disparity within mathematics through an exploration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields for girls in Grades 6-12.

Dalhousie University providing menopause-inclusive workplace through support group, manager training

The university provides training for managers to support employees going through menopause and ensure they have a voice within the workplace. Its departments are also exploring flexible work schedules, making quiet spaces for employees to recharge and developing strategies to support all employees.
Read more in Benefits Canada

Dalhousie Feminist Seminar Series returns for the 2022/23 academic year

Drawing on a rich history of feminist engagement at Dalhousie University and in post-secondary institutions across the Atlantic region the Dalhousie Feminist Seminar Series brings together faculty and students from across Dalhousie, our colleagues at other institutions in Halifax and elsewhere, and members of the community interested in feminist research and scholarship to present and engage with one another's work in a collegial and supportive environment.

States of Being: Works by contemporary Canadian women selected from the permanent collection

Selected from the Dalhousie Art Gallery permanent collection by Susan Gibson Garvey, the works in the States of Being exhibition suggest a variety of emotional or metaphysical states of being. Ranging widely in style and content, each work suggests overt or subtle conditions of desire and sublimation.

Speak Truth To Power: Sounding the Alarm on Gender-Based Violence

Eliminating gender-based violence is all of our responsibilities! Dalhousie welcomed the community to consider how we can better support each other in this Speak Truth to Power Forum discussing the urgent need to eradicate gender-based violence in all of its forms.
Watch on YouTube

Foundation for inclusion and distinction

Kim Brooks appointed as Dalhousie’s 13th president and vice‑chancellor

Dalhousie’s 13th president will be familiar to many within the university — someone known for her inspiring approach to leadership, community building and positive change.
Read more in Dal News

Talking about menopause in the workplace

Dalhousie's Menopause Support Group meets monthly to help remove the cloak of invisibility and normalize menopause in conversations and workplaces.
Read more in Dal News

Child care

In addition to the on-site University Children's Centre (Halifax), Dalhousie also has a corporate membership with Kids & Company.

Protecting full participation based on gender identity and expression

The Gender Affirmation Policy actively works to help support Dalhousie faculty, staff and students in expressing and affirming their gender identity so all people may fully participate based on their gender identity and expression.

Addressing complaints of discrimination at the university

The Statement on Prohibited Discrimination sets out the university's commitment to safeguarding students and employees against all forms of prohibited discrimination, including sex and gender, in the course of work or study or participation in university-sponsored organizations, activities and programs.

Sexualized Violence is Never Okay

The Sexualized Violence Policy outlines Dalhousie's official process in supporting disclosures and reports of sexualized violence. It's purpose is to prevent sexualized violence, to be educational, and toprovide timely, coordinated, consistent and fair response to disclosures and reports of sexualized violence.

Building a Dalhousie University community for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities

The Queer Faculty & Staff Caucus (QFSC), seeks positive change toward a society in which LGBTQ2S people can participate free of negative stereotypes and as equal members of the Dalhousie University community.