Violence against women will be in the spotlight as the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association holds a press conference in Halifax this morning to mark International Women’s Day.

The event is in co-operation with the families of the late Victoria Paul of Indian Brook First Nation and Tanya Brooks of Millbrook First Nation.

The news conference is set for 11 a.m. at the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Centre on Gottingen Street. At 10:30 a.m., a ceremony for more than 500 murdered or missing aboriginal women across Canada will take place.

Brooks was found murdered on May 11, 2009, in a basement window well of St. Patrick’s-Alexandra School in Halifax. Brooks, a mother of five children, was living in Halifax after moving from Millbrook. There have been no arrests in the case.

Paul wasn’t murdered, but her family believes Truro police took too long in getting her medical help after suffering a stroke while in its jail cells.