PEACETALKS #21: Extractive Industries and the Impact on Women

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This panel will focus on the impact of mining exploration and development on the lives and livelihoods of women in the global south. Guests will include Beth Dollaga, a founding member of the Canada-Philippines Solidarity for Human Rights (CPSHR) and Migrante BC. In 2012 she coordinated and participated in a United Church led fact-finding mission on the impact of Canadian mining companies in the Philippines. She will be joined by Sarita Galvez, a psychologist and educator originally from Guatemala and a member of BC CASA and the Mining Justice Alliance. A...

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"World of PeaceCraft" Crowdfunding Kick-off!

Discover Your Inner Hero!

Dance like its Mandela's birthday,
share a pint with a fellow PeaceGeek,
& discover your inner Avenger through a hero game

Join the geeks at the HiVE on September 25th from 7pm - 10pm for some serious fun. Come discover your super peace hero identity, play some games, and dance to DJ tunes while enjoying some drinks and food. 
Heroes come in all neighborhoods & cape-sizes. 
Free food.  Local beer.  Killer prizes.  Stellar people. 

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PeaceTalks #20: Crying foul in Brazil: Social violence, activism, and the legacy of the 2014 FIFA...

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Once every four years the whole world tunes in to amazing displays of soccer. While this past year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil was no exception, something was different: thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to protest the very event that they loved. Why were Brazilians demonstrating? What human rights violations were committed because of this event? And how are these infringements repeated in other countries that host large sporting events?

In this talk, Carolyn will explore the social violence of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. She will show how...

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The Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) started as an organ for coordinating the activities of women organizations and groups in Liberia in 1998, in between the two civil wars that ravaged the country from 1989 - 2003. They now serve as an umbrella organization for over 105 local women’s rights organizations. The vision of WONGOSOL is to achieve a just and fair Liberian society where women and men equally participate in and benefit from decision-making processes at all levels. They work to build the capacity of women’s organizations and other stakeholders to improve their...

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Reflection 20 years after the Rwandan Genocide - by Alan Martin

When I left journalism school in Montreal there were two promises I made myself: a) I would never cover town council meetings; b) stick a microphone in the face of a grieving family member and ask “What are you feeling?” and “How’s about a picture for the front page?” Both, I felt, were below me.

The first promise fell by the way side within three months of graduating when I found myself covering the rural satellite towns of Sudbury, at the time a struggling mining centre in Northern Ontario. For $3 a column inch I did that. It was my baptism to the darkside of the business.

The other earnest pledge took longer to catch up to me. Almost six years later I went to Rwanda to write a magazine piece about the pursuit of justice in a post-genocide era. Within a day of being there I had asked more people about the intimacies of their grief to last a lifetime. For if one is to write about genocide how can the privacies of both the deceased...