I am a registered Social Worker (MSW, RSW) a feminist, activist, counsellor and speaker.
I have recently accepted the position of Executive Director of the Midwifery Regulatory Council of Nova Scotia. Formerly I held the position of Executive Director with the St. John’s Status of Women Council and I am a founding member of the Provincial Action Network on the Status of Women in Newfoundland & Labrador.
I have worked across Canada and in New Zealand for more than 20 years in social justice – with a specific focus on gender equality and justice. I am a specialist in gender based violence, and have worked with Indigenous, poor, homeless and sex working communities. I speak frequently on how the underfunding of women’s anti-violence organizations is a pervasive form of violence against women and have been called as a witness to the Federal Standing Committee on Violence Against Women. I am proud to be an expert panelist with the Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability.
I am a long time advocate for women’s leadership and political participation and have taught Women in Politics at Memorial University. I cohost a podcast with Dr. Amanda Bittner, The Academic and the Activist which explores current events from the perspective of an academic and an activist, available here.
I currently live and work between Halifax, Nova Scotia and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. I am a lover of whisky and the sea.
Twitter and insta: @jenewright