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Multi-stakeholder Hearing: Accelerating the Realization of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of All Women and Girls by Mary Scott

“Gender is not an easy conversation to have…Because thinking of changing the status quo is always uncomfortable.” Ms. Chimmamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigeria What an experience – for about 6 hours on July 21st, 2020, I was glued to a computer, or phone, to listen in on the Multi-stakeholder Hearing, one of 3 members of IIWR-MB. …

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Gender Equality and Inclusion: The Power From Within, The Power of the Collective – by Jessica da Silva

In preparation for the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly, which will be held in New York, on 23 September 2020, stakeholders came together on July 21st of 2020 to share experiences and strategies on how to accelerate the realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. The social and economic inequalities faced by …

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Multi-Stakeholder Hearing at the UN: Accelerating the Realization of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of All Women and Girls

IIWR-MB will have 3 members join a virtual multi-stakeholder hearing, centered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, on July 21 between 9:00 and 4:00 CST. Teruni Walaliyadde   (co chair IIWR-MB); Jessica da Silva (VP Diversity) and Mary Scott (Member) will be participating on the call. ECOSOC accredited organizations have been permitted to have …

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IIWRMB Delegation Unable to Attend the Meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women Because of Coronavirus

March 3, 2020 During International Women’s Week, there was to be a delegation of 28 members of IIWR-MB in New York, attending meetings of the Commission on the Status of Women, at the United Nations. And on March 9th, the delegation was to present a Parallel Event, Canada’s Unfinished Business: Tomorrow’s Change Makers – Beijing …

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The Human Costs and Gendered Impact of Sanctions on Iran by Bushra Tahir

Since the 1979 Revolution in Iran, an era of the unprecedented rift of shared tensions, has made a unique situation in the region. The country is blamed by the international community of retaining its poor human rights records. [1] Currently Iran is facing sanctions on Arms embargoes, Asset freeze, Export and import restrictions, financial prohibitions, …

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Experiencing Gender Based Violence as a Female Combatant by Bushra Tahir

Experiencing Gender Based Violence as a Female Combatant During humanitarian crisis the risk of gender based violence is well anticipated. As Gloria Steinem stated: “It’s especially important for us to speak because we don’t have decision making power in going to war, and yet we’re affected by war”. [1] Robin Arnett explains some realities of …

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16 Days to 365 – The Launch of the 16 Days of Activism in Manitoba

Content Warning: Violence, mass murder, mentions of sexual violence. On December 6th, 2019, Canada will mark the 30th anniversary of a dark day in Canadian history when 14 women were killed merely for existing in a male-dominated space. Since then, three of Canada’s worst mass murders have been motivated by hatred of women. Canada’s most …

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Protection of Civilians During Wars and Conflicts by Bushra Tahir

November 2019 International Humanitarian Law Conference: GLOBAL MOVEMENT OF ARMS Webinar (University of Saskatchewan) Catherine Gribbin is working as a Legal Advisor at the Canadian Red Cross started with a notion of what type of forces should be used to keep the legality of conflicts in compliance to International Humanitarian Law in today’s armed conflict. …

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Unfinished Business: Parallel Report for The Beijing Declaration 25 Years Onward by Leah Wilson

“Canada has made progress for gender equality, we are strides ahead from where we once were.” This is a refrain I often hear when engaging with individuals about gender equality. While it is important to acknowledge what we have accomplished, it is equally important to recognize how far we have to go. This is the …

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Peace Days by Marcia Senft

What could be better than having a festival devoted to peace, especially in these troubled times? This year, as we celebrate Winnipeg’s 10th Annual Peace Days Festival, we want to put a spotlight on the varied and interesting events that have been scheduled as part of this important and amazing festival. The Festival has grown …

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Connecting the Circle: A Gender-Based Strategy to End Homelessness in Winnipeg by Mary Scott

Imagine if you are homeless in Winnipeg and you are a woman, Two-Spirit, trans, or gender non-conforming person. The challenges are immense. But a group of individuals and agencies have been working on this issue, and on September 11th, 2019, released the report: Connecting the Circle: A Gender-Based Strategy to end Homelessness in Winnipeg. The …

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