CAPPD Letter to PM Harper, communicates 6th IPCI/ICPD Conference outcomes

May 28, 2014

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P

Prime Minister of Canada
Langevin Block
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A2

Dear Prime Minister:

As you prepare Canada for the UN General Assembly Special Session on the Programme of Action (PoA) of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 on September 22 2014, we would like to draw your attention to a document regarding the twenty year review of the ICPD PoA and the post-2015 agenda, approved unanimously by Parliamentarians of 134 nations at the [...]


CAPPD launches February edition of its 2014 factsheets on topic of ‘human rights-based approach’

The February edition of CAPPD’s factsheet focuses on the role of parliamentarians in ensuring that governments uphold commitments and obligations relating to human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights, both domestically and in its foreign relations and development cooperation. The factsheet provides concrete examples of what parliamentarians can do in this regard, and where to find additional information on the subject. 

Here is a preview of some of the content!

“Parliamentarians can play a vital accountability role to ensure that their government upholds commitments and obligations relating to human rights, including [...]


Feature Partner: Sexual Rights Initiative

The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) is a coalition of organizations that advocates for the advancement of human rights in relation to gender and sexuality within international law and policy.  The SRI focuses its efforts particularly on the work of the United Nations Human Rights Council, including its resolutions and debates as well as the work of the Universal Periodic Review mechanism and the system of Special Procedures.  The SRI combines feminist and queer analyses with a social justice [...]


Op-ed by CAPPD Chair, Rathika Sistabaiesan, and ACPD ED “What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages”

Originally published, on November 10th 2013, via the Huffington Post.

“What Canada Can Do About Adolescent Pregnancy and Forced Marriages”

On October 30, UNFPA released its 2013 State of World Population Report on the theme of adolescent pregnancy globally. The report draws critical links between the issue of adolescent pregnancy, early and forced marriage, sexual violence and maternal mortality — all priority development issues for the Canadian government.

These human rights violations can lead to adolescent pregnancy. Over 39,000 girls are married every day and 90 per cent [...]


CAPPD members op-ed in Huffington Post “Girls Are Dying From Unsafe Abortions, Why Won’t Canada Help?”

(Originally posted via the Huffington Post, October 29 2013)

“Girls Are Dying From Unsafe Abortions, Why Won’t Canada Help?” Op-ed by: NDP M.P.s Rathika Sitsabaiesan (CAPPD Chair), Niki Ashton (CAPPD member), and Hélène Laverdière

 

In the past three weeks, Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird made repeated statements committing Canada to address the issue of early and forced marriage.

His announcements come just days before the release of the United Nations Populations Fund’s (UNFPA) 2013 State of World Population report, for which the theme this year is: [...]