UNFPA appears before Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

In 2014, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) began its study on the ‘Protection of Children and Youth in Developing Countries.’ The Study is examining the role Canada can play in the protection of children and youth; with a focus on the prevention of human trafficking, early and forced marriage, the sex trade, female genital mutilation and the online abuse of children.

 

As part of the Study, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was invited to appear before the Committee. On February 19th, [...]


Opinion: Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration on women’s rights, progress remains slow

By Mylène Freeman and Sandeep Prasad*
Originally published in the Montreal Gazette

At the United Nations in New York these past two weeks, government leaders, civil society and women human rights defenders have come together for the 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year’s CSW is significant in that it not only marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, but it also falls in the midst of ongoing negotiations on the Post-2015 development agenda. A process that will [...]


CAPPD Vice-Chair attends United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

The 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women came to an end Friday, March 20th. In New York for the session was CAPPD’s Vice-Chair, Mylène Freeman, who took the opportunity to meet with representatives from Canada’s Permanent Mission to the UN, civil society partners and UN agencies, including the United Nations Population Fund. Ms. Freeman was also invited to participate in a closed-door rountable discussion on Measuring Progress for Adolescent Girls: A Discussion on Post-2015 Indicators, hosted by the Girl Declaration Joint Advocacy Group.

This year’s [...]


Child, Early and Forced Marriage: Indicators for Progress

On March 10th, The Governments of Canada and Peru, in collaboration with Plan International, CARE, American Jewish World Service (AJWS), and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), hosted an event alongside the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The event was titled “Child, Early and Forced Marriage – Indicators for Progress.” This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Speakers included Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Dr. Kellie Leitch, who highlighted the need for all interventions related [...]


An International Women’s Day Unlike Any Other

Violence against women and girls in any culture, in any language, in any form – is just plain wrong. Sexual violence of any kind is indefensible. There is no theology or religious-based value-system that gives anyone the moral authority to abuse a defenseless schoolgirl.  Yet there are some who justify these abusive practices in the guise of culture, religion and tradition.

The violence and impunity persist. The Nigerian schoolgirls, abducted by Boko Haram more than 325 days ago, continue to be held captive.  Thousands of Yazidi women, seeking safety in [...]