25 November - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
In 1999 the United Nations General Assembly designated November 25 the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in honor of the three Mirabal sisters who were brutally murdered on November 25, 1960 in the Dominican Republic for opposing the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo.
Violence against women is one of the most pervasive human rights violations that continues to affect one third of all women around the world, including Canada.
• It is estimated that 1 in 5 women worldwide will become a victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime.
• Women aged 15 to 44 are more at risk from rape and domestic violence than from cancer, car accidents, war and malaria.
• Worldwide, up to 50 percent of sexual assaults are committed against girls under 16.
• On average, every 6 days a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner.
• On any given day in Canada, more than 3,000 women (along with their 2,500 children) are living in an emergency shelter to escape domestic violence.
Women suffer disproportionately in emergency and crisis situations: women and children are 14 times more likely to die in disaster than men. The recent devastation in the Philippines is a reminder of the critical importance of addressing violence against women in disaster preparedness and response plans.
Violence against women is closely associated with gender inequality, poverty, lack of education, child mortality, the spread of HIV/AIDS and poor maternal health. Addressing violence against women is imperative in achieving development.
The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is an opportunity to help raise awareness of the plight of millions of women worldwide. Stand up for all of the mothers and daughters whose fundamental human rights are denied.
“A community is only as strong as its women. Progress is not possible when women’s rights are abused.” –Anju Malhotra, UNICEF Principal Adviser on Gender Rights.
Discussion: "Challenging the TINA Syndrome"To fight against the syndrome "There Is No Alternative" and overcome the threats posed by the current economic system on humanity and environment, we need to talk!
Five short lectures will be presented in English, followed by questions and discussions to bring from local to global, profitable and sustainable solutions and alternatives for environment, health and local econonomy.
David Côté, owner of vegan restaurants Crudessence
Jeanny Yao, young scientist who co-discovered a bacteria biodegrading plastic
Laurence Deschamps, from Lufa Farms, hydroponic greenhouses on Montreal's roofs
Alexandre McLean, cofounder of Alvéole, urban beenkeeping
Karin Araujo Flores, from Micro-Recyc-Coop
November 15th at 6:30 pm.
BMO Auditorium, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University.
Oct 2013. SJC sends letter of concern to ambassador of El Salvador as the Archdiocese of San Salvador abruptly closes the Tutela Legal office. If the Amnesty Law protecting human rights violators is annulled, those files would be very useful in prosecuting cases.
5 Aug 2013. SJC launches new video about Honduras, the World Bank and the financing of brutality.
In less than a minute, this video describes how the World Bank is supporting a powerful landowner, Miguel Facussé, whose private militia has engaged in forced evictions and murder.
The SJC, along with many other groups around the world, is pushing the World Bank to finally include human rights protection in its projects.
Please take part - share the video (eg on facebook), and tell the World Bank to respect human rights!
Plus - the video is also available in French, Spanish, Chinese, Italian, German and Urdu!
Update 14 July 2013 - World Bank responds. See the letter and response here.
June 14, 2013. SJC writes to World Bank president and executive directors about several problems with plans for relocation in proposed project in China, requests that the project be improved and the relocation process strengthened to ensure the rights of the people affected, in compliance with Chinese law.
Summary of concerns:
· Inadequate compensation for houses, and greater possibility of household debt.
· Relocation destinations were chosen with some consultation, but not consent.
· There is no mention of effective remedies if there is failure to comply with the plan.
· The plan does not comply with national laws regarding village planning, which require public participation and consent.
See our letter here.
March 2013 SJC voices concern to Canada's World Bank representative about human rights problems with proposed projects in China - see letter here.
SJC Fall internships once again available for 2013! Communications and Institutional Development Internship Human Rights Internship
SJC joins 45 NGOs in letter to the World Bank president, expressing concern that its private sector division is unable to mitigate the risk of social and environmental harm in many of its lending in the financial sector. March 2012
Cut $1 billion from foreign aid budget, SJC says [Jan 2013]
SJC condemns the murder of human rights defenders in Honduras [Oct. 2012]
US nomination of a respected development expert to be World Bank president is a good sign, but Canada fails to honour the hiring process. [March 2012] "