Worldwide, there are 125 million girls and women alive today who have been subjected to female genital mutilation, also known as cutting. Cutting refers to all procedures which involve cutting away part or all of a girl’s external genitalia. Globally, the practice is recognized as a violation of the human rights of girls and women […]
Today, October 2, I honour International Day of Non-Violence. Today is not only a day to think about ways we can bring about change within our societies peacefully, but it is also a day to honour Mahatma Gandhi, and the example he gave us of how a person can use non-violent resistance to change the […]
On Monday June 24 2013, the United Nations Security Council met to vote on a new resolution on wartime sexual violence, which has reached epidemic proportions in conflicts around the globe. Resolution 2106 was passed unanimously and is the sixth United Nations resolution related to women, peace and security (joining resolutions 1325, 1820, 1888, 1889, and 1960). It is the fourth resolution […]
United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 was adopted unanimously by the United Nations Security Council on August 31, 2000. Canada played an instrumental role in the success of this resolution. As all senators know, this resolution was developed to protect and empower women in conflict zones…
Honourable senators, today is the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. More than 2 million women and girls in developing countries are living with obstetric fistula, a hole in the vagina or rectum caused by labour that is prolonged, often for days, without treatment. Usually the baby dies. Since the fistula leaves women leaking urine or feces, it typically results in social isolation, depression and deepening poverty.
Honourable senators, my question is for the Leader of the Government in the Senate.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, since 1990 more than 11 million people have died as a consequence of drought and more than 2 billion have been affected by drought. . Droughts are a primary cause of most ill health and death because they deny access…