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OHRC launch new Policy on preventing discrimination due to Gender identity and expression

The Ontario Human Rights Commission

Invites you to the launch of our new Policy on preventing discrimination because of gender identity and gender expression

Date: Monday, April 14, 2014 Time: 10 a.m. to 12 noon Place: The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Ballroom 519 Church Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

People who are transgender, [...]

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Report from IHEU – UN on Status of Women

This report from Dr. Sylvain Ehrenfeld, the IHEU and National Ethical Service Representative to the UNITED NATIONS (ECOSOC)

STATUS OF  WOMEN  UPDATE “According to a Chinese proverb, “women hold up half the sky”. Unfortunately, this fact is not reflected in the experience of many women.

Over the years some women have made much progress. However, [...]

Lebanese march against domestic violence in rare non-partisan protest | Reuters: IHEU

Lebanese march against domestic violence in rare non-partisan protest | Reuters.

From IHEU.org

(Reuters) – A few thousand protesters took to the streets of Beirut on Saturday to demand that politicians approve Lebanon’s first law against domestic violence in a non-partisan display rarely seen in Lebanon’s highly politicized climate.

Organizers harnessed popular outrage over the [...]

▶ December 6 – We remember.

A film Directed by Cara Mumford in 2012, featuring evalyn parry’s spoken word, “14 (for December 6).”   A powerful statement, about the montreal engineers who were killed, and about violence against women. Evalyn performs all over the world, but lived in Toronto and Ottawa and went to university in Montreal. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Oliva Chow said [...]

Harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief

Harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can never be justified in the name of freedom of religion or belief

NEW YORK / GENEVA (31 October 2013) – United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, told the UN General Assembly that “harmful practices inflicted on women or girls can [...]

Girls Are Dying From Unsafe Abortions, Why Won’t Canada Help? | Rathika Sitsabaiesan

Girls Are Dying From Unsafe Abortions, Why Won’t Canada Help? | Rathika Sitsabaiesan.

In the past three weeks, Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird made repeated statements committing Canada to address the issue of early and forced marriage. His announcements come just days before the release of the United Nations Populations Fund’s (UNFPA) 2013 State [...]

Bank of Canada: Add women from Canadian history to Canadian bank notes

Bank of Canada: Add women from Canadian history to Canadian bank notes.

Gail reminds us about this petition. If you didn’t sign it the first time, please consider doing so now.

When Mark Carney was governor of the Bank of Canada, the Bank decided to remove the images of the first notable Canadian women who [...]

Early Notice: HAT presents Humanist of The Year award to Judy Rebick, Oct 26

JUDY REBICKphoto courtesy David Smiley

The Humanist Association of Toronto invites you to “An Afternoon with Judy Rebick” Saturday, October 26, 2013, 1:30 – 3:00 pm OISE, 252 Bloor St. west, Room tbd

In honour of her powerful commitment to social justice and equity for all, the Humanist Association of Toronto (HAT) has named [...]

Law Protecting Afghanistan Women Blocked By Conservatives

Law Protecting Afghanistan Women Blocked By Conservatives.

Even small gains are being lost….

KABUL, Afghanistan — Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked legislation on Saturday aimed at strengthening provisions for women’s freedoms, arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles and encourage disobedience.

The fierce opposition highlights how tenuous women’s rights remain a dozen years [...]

Women’s Rights Still Denied in Latin America – Secular education called for

IPS – Women’s Rights Still Denied in Latin America | Inter Press Service.

Inequality and injustice underlie day-to-day violence,” Gabriela Delgado, of the human rights programme at the state National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), told IPS. “The bottleneck for women’s struggles is the justice system. This means that structural changes are needed.”

Among the [...]

Pope Francis Supports Crackdown on US Nuns

Pope Francis Supports Crackdown on US Nuns.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis supports the Holy See’s crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, dimming hopes that a Jesuit pope whose emphasis on the poor mirrored the nuns’ own social outreach would take a different approach than his [...]

Event: Stephen Lewis at Ryerson on April 17: Gender equality – free lecture

The International Issues Discussion Series at Ryerson presents: Gender Equality: the Most Important Struggle on the Planet Our guest will be Stephen Lewis, internationally renowned humanitarian, political figure, diplomat, author, and scholar. Board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, he is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. Among many accomplishments, he is co-founder [...]

G8 reaches “historic” agreement to end rape as weapon of war

G8 reaches “historic” agreement to end rape as weapon of war – TrustLaw.

LONDON (TrustLaw) – The world’s eight richest nations have reached a historic agreement to work together to end sexual violence in conflicts, Britain’s foreign minister William Hague announced on Thursday.

 

Hague called the “horrific” use of rape and sexual violence as [...]

The benefits of decriminalizing abortion – Canada’s role

The benefits of decriminalizing abortion | rabble.ca.

On January 28, 2013, Canada will celebrate 25 years of reproductive freedom. Since our Supreme Court struck down Canada’s abortion law in 1988, our country’s experience is proof that laws against abortion are unnecessary. A full generation of Canadians has lived without a law and we are better off because of it.

Canada [...]

Turning point in India, triumph in Philippines for the rights of women

Turning point in India, triumph in Philippines for the rights of women – The China Post.

“….The statistics are horrific. According to government estimates, almost every 20 minutes, a woman is raped in India. In New Delhi, dubbed the “rape capital of India,” the incidence of rape rose from 572 in 2011 to 661 [...]

National Day of Remembrance and Action for Violence against Women

Dec 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action.

On this day in 1989 fourteen women were murdered at Montreal’s École Polytechnique. Read:   Breaking the silence and taking action on violence against women In Quebec, the campaign 12 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is held from November 25 [...]

UN passes first resolution condeming female genital mutilation

UN passes first resolution condeming female genital mutilation

UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly on Monday passed its first resolution condemning female genital mutilation, which opponents say more than 140 million women worldwide have had to endure.

Though outlawed in most nations, the measure represents the first time the traditional practice in African [...]

Ontario Catholic Health Providers – ethical framework for decision-making

In light of what happened to Savita in Ireland,  some of us have been reading up on Catholic ‘Health Care’ in Ontario…

Below is a list of the 29 Catholic health providers in Ontario, and here is a link to their ‘Framework for Ethical Discernment’

http://www.chaont.ca/links.php

http://www.chac.ca/ethics/docs/appendix%201_framework.pdf

It is an interesting, and somewhat disturbing read.

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15th annual Dame Nita Barrow Lecture, Truth and Reconciliation, November 21, 2011, 7pm

15th annual Dame Nita Barrow Lecture November 21, 2011, 7pm Toronto, Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place Reception to follow

Presented by the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education, OISE, University of Toronto Co-sponsored by the International Human Rights Program, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto

Patricia Nyaundi, Executive Officer of the Kenyan Truth, Justice [...]

Bullet removed from the brain of 14-year-old activist shot by Taliban in Pakistan

Bullet removed from the brain of 14-year-old activist shot by Taliban in Pakistan .

Relatives say 14-year-old Pakistani peace activist appears to be doing well after three-hour operation

Pakistani surgeons have removed a bullet from the head of Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old schoolgirl and peace activist who was shot by a Taliban gunman on Tuesday.

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