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Letter to the Editor of the Canadian Jewish News: Why are Jewish Groups Not Speaking Up for Muslims?

Authors: Dr. Barbara Landau and Shahid Akhtar Source: Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims As Co-Chairs of the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims, we are deeply saddened by the competition for victimhood unleashed by the response to M-103. Standing up for each other – and against all forms of racism and hatred has been our mandate… Read more »

India’s Dark Secret

Author: Harinder Baweja Source: Hindustan Times Imagine being taken to a room in a dark decrepit building. Imagine being pinned down on the floor. Imagine your underwear being taken off. Imagine seeing a knife being heated on the gas stove. Imagine the same hot knife slicing your clitoris. Imagine young girls shrieking in pain.  The… Read more »

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Source: UN Science and gender equality are both vital for the achievement of the internationally agreed development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over the past 15 years, the global community has made a lot of effort in inspiring and engaging women and girls in science. Unfortunately, women and girls continued to be… Read more »

5 ways you can take a stand against hate right now

Author: Sarah Boesveld Source: Chatelaine This week has exposed the depth of Islamophobia that exists in North America. Six men are dead and several more injured after a gunman entered the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec mosque in Quebec City on Sunday night and opened fire during evening prayer. It happened just days after Donald Trump signed an executive order banning residents of… Read more »

As Canada Transforms, an Anti-Immigrant Fringe Stirs

Author: Craig Smith and Dan Levin Source: NY Times TORONTO — François Deschamps stepped out of his apartment building in the Limoilou neighborhood of Quebec City recently and stopped when he saw a sticker wrapped around a light pole. “Burn Your Local Mosque,” it read, around a silhouette of a Turkish-style mosque against an orange… Read more »

Take a stand against ageism – aging women

Author: Sylvia Perel Levin Source: UN Special Older persons worldwide experience discrimination and the violation of their human rights at family, community, institutional and societal levels. The unprecedented ageing of the global population means that discrimination is likely to increase. We live longer in every region of the world and it is one of the… Read more »

Dorval Mosque filled to overflowing with community support

Author: Kathryn Greenway Source: Montreal Gazette Monday evening, over 200 people crammed into the Association Musulmane Turque de Montréal, commonly called the Dorval Mosque, to show their support in the wake of the Quebec City attack on a mosque which left six people dead. Imam Mehmet Deger and his wife Nour Deger greeted each man, woman… Read more »

«L’humanité derrière l’inhumanité»

Author: Marilyne Demers Source: Metro Pancartes et lampions à la main, une centaine de personnes  de Dorval, voire tout l’Ouest-de-l’Île, ont voulu offrir leur sympathie et leur soutien envers les musulmans de la province, touchés par la fusillade au Centre culturel islamique de Québec qui a fait six morts et plusieurs blessés, dimanche. La vigile… Read more »

It Will Take 170 Years For Women to Be Paid as Men Are

Author: Baher Kamal Source: The Wire Women across the world are often employed in low pay sectors, face high levels of discrimination in the workplace and take on a disproportionate amount of unpaid care work. While just eight individuals, all of them men, own the same wealth as 3.6 billion people — half of world’s… Read more »

Enabling a Global Human Rights Movement for Women and Girls with Disabilities: Global Disabled Women’s Rights Advocacy Group

Source: Women Enabled International Women Enabled International (WEI) received generous funding from an anonymous donor for a Survey and Mapping Project with a goal to foster a greater understanding of human rights advocates, both from within and outside the women’s rights and disability rights movements, on the rights of women and girls with disabilities. Through… Read more »