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Save the Date: International Human Rights Webinar

The Canadian Women’s Foundation and 
the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action invite you to participate in a 3 part webinar series!

What do international human rights bodies say about murders and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls? In January and March 2015, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) released ground-breaking reports on how Canadian governments are failing to meet their international human rights obligations to respond to violence against Aboriginal women and girls. The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) and the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) requested the CEDAW and IACHR investigations that lead to these reports. Understanding these reports and knowing how they can help women in our fight to end violence is crucial now!

FAFIA and NWAC representatives, with the Canadian Women’s Foundation, will host a three-part webinar series that focuses on what we can learn from these reports and what we can do now to take action in our local communities.

Session 1: Violence against women and the Due Diligence Standard (the IACHR report)

Wednesday, Sept 30th at 1pm EST (The first session will be led by Dawn Harvard, President of NWAC, and Shelagh Day, Chair of the Human Rights Committee of FAFIA) 

Session 2: Root Causes and Canada’s Failures (the CEDAW report)

Wednesday, Oct 28th at 1pm EST (Session leader to be announced)

Session 3Where are we now? National inquiry, provincial and territorial actions

Wednesday, Nov 25th at 1pm EST (Session leader to be announced)

The sessions will examine these questions:

  • What does international human rights law say about violence against women?
  • What obligations does Canada have to respond to violence against women?
  • What are the root causes of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada?
  • What does this mean in practice? What are Canada’s failures?

Information on how to register and join will be made available closer to the date of each webinar. Please register for each webinar individually as there is a maximum of 50 participants per webinar. All 3 webinars will be presented in English.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact:

Lara Koerner Yeo Steering Committee Member Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) 416-417-9072 or larankyeo@gmail.com

Karen Campbell Manger, Anti-Trafficking Canadian Women’s Foundation 416-365-1444 x253 or kcampbell@canadianwomen.org

Human Rights Webinar Series Poster