Sabrina Saqeb spoke at the University of Ottawa on October 22. Born in Afghanistan, Ms. Saqeb’s family fled to Iran as political refugees. She returned to Afghanistan as a young adult, eventually becoming the youngest elected Member of Parliament at the age of 25. I was also invited to speak at this event. Ms. Saqeb […]
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…
Canada has historically been a champion for women’s rights. Since 1994, Canada has led the negotiation of resolutions on violence against women in the United Nations Human Rights Council. Each year, Canada works to make the resolutions stronger, providing more protections and security for women around the world. Unfortunately, last week, our government took a […]
Resuming debate on the inquiry of the Honourable Senator Oliver, calling the attention of the Senate to the need to engage in a national conversation to call for the elimination of violence against women, of all ages, in all its forms including physical, sexual, or psychological abuse, and, in particular, on how we, as a national legislative body, can take the lead in educating, preventing, increasing national and global awareness on gender equality and reaffirming that violence against women constitutes a violation of the rights and fundamental freedoms of each individual.
Honourable senators, my question is also for the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Canada has historically been a champion of women’s rights. Since 1994 Canada has led the negotiation of resolutions on violence against women in the United Nations Human Rights Council. However, last week our government took a major step backwards on women’s rights.
Honourable senators, on Monday, June 10, our government presented a draft resolution at the United Nations on sexual violence against women. This resolution was adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday, June 14.
This text ignores the importance of sexual and reproductive health rights for survivors of rape, even though it is recognized that education and health services play a fundamental role in responding to the sexual violence that women and girls face worldwide.
Since the beginning of January 2012, an insurgent group has been fighting with the Mali government for the independence of northern Mali, an area known as Azawad. This group, formally known as National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) and also referred to as Tuareg nationalists, joined forces with Islamist rebels. By using their combined forces, they gained control of northern Mali in the spring 2012.