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 […]
Over the past several years, hundreds of Kenyan girls have gone to the police in the town of Meru to report that they had been raped. The officers responded with disbelief. They yelled at the girls, blamed and humiliated the victims, and refused to take action. The girls, determined to stand up for their rights, […]
I recently watched a TED Talk by Jackson Katz called “Violence Against Women — It’s a Men’s Issue.” Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called “women’s issues.” In his talk, Jackson Katz, stresses the importance of changing the way we think in order to realize that violence against women is very much a men’s issue. As […]
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.