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PEACETALKS #35: Women's Human Rights at Risk

Guest Speaker:
Mar 2, 2017
6:00 7:30PM
HiVE Vancouver

In light of recent women's marches and events, PeaceGeeks in partnership with Amnesty International would like to present PeaceTalk #35: Women's Human Rights at Risk.

This talk aims to uncover how women and girls around the world are disproportionately impacted by mega-projects and resource extraction. Too often, the economic development model adopted by government violates Indigenous land rights, threatens Indigenous cultures, and heightens the risk that Indigenous women and girls will experience violence.

This event is moderated by Alexandra Harrison-Catchpole, member of Amnesty International Canada's National Board of Directors and former Amnesty International fieldworker in Vancouver. Alex holds an MA ('13) in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, currently studies law, and brings a background of research and involvement in grassroots activism and intersections between feminist and labour organizations.

In the lead up to International Women's Day, panel members will speak to the challenges and offer some ways forward. Panelist bios coming soon!

PeaceGeeks would like to extend a big thank you to Lush for making this event possible.

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Feb 16, 2017
Category: PeaceTalks
Time 2:
6 PM

International Women's Day 2016

Photo Source: Rex Features

Today we celebrate International Women's day, a day filled with recognizing social, economic, cultural and political achievements made by women around the world. With that in mind, a volunteer from our marketing team would like to share a personal message.

My name is Margo Klimowicz and I was born in Poland. In 1989, our family friends sponsored my family and I to start a new life in Canada. We landed at the Edmonton International Airport on October 31st – Halloween!

Luckily, I was born with a great sense of adventure, so at the tender age of 8, I was a girl with not a care in the world and no idea of the sacrifice leaving Europe would mean. I reflect on those times quite differently as a 34-year-old woman and see my mother’s courage amidst certain strife. My mother’s work ethic and sacrifice has been key to the person I am today—a professional photographer. On this International Women’s Day, I honour my mother and all of the brave women who are coming to North America from Syria and all around the globe.

In the 1980s, Poland was under communist rule, and the economic situation was so poor that my parents had to wait in line for hours at the grocery store for a loaf of bread. These are the realities of a country under strife. Listening to my parents’ and grandparents’ stories about those times makes me wonder at the brave decision they made to leave our home country. 

And although we were welcomed in Canada, there is a sense of community that we left behind. My name is Margo now—but my birth name is Malgorzata and nicknames include Malgosia and Gosia. My family and closest friends affectionately call me by these names, and since they are from my mother tongue, I have a sense of belonging whenever I hear them. There are many things I miss about Poland and I don’t get to visit as often as I’d like. I wonder if the refugees fleeing Syria wonder whether they’ll see their motherland again.

As we welcome new families into Canada, I hope we are aware of the challenges they will be facing, from basic to more trivial difficulties including language barriers, education equivalency, lack of income, house security, and acceptance. The amount of work that new immigrants have to face is emotionally exhausting. Immigration puts a monumental strain on even the strongest families.

No matter what our struggles were, I know my parents moved us to Canada for better opportunities, and out of gratitude, I choose to give back to others that are facing the same challenges.

On this International Women’s Day I honour my mother. As I volunteer with Peace Geeks going forward I am proud to know that I can help new families during their transition. After all, that’s a big part of what life is about – helping each other and caring for those we love.

Mar 8, 2016
Category: Thematic Issues

Women and Children’s Empowerment Network in Africa

What They Do

Women and Children’s Empowerment Network in Africa (WACENA) was established in 2008 by a group of concerned mothers, together with women students from Makerere University Kampala, to address and alleviate the acute and long-term consequences of violence against women and children of Uganda. Their mission is to establish and maintain a reliable platform through which the voices of women and children would be listened to and respected towards ending violence against women and raising the voice of women in decision-making processes.

Due to many of the disadvantaged women and children that WACENA seeks to empower, who do not self-identify as victims of sexual exploitation, WACENA has had to play an active role within their community to change Ugandan’s attitudes and to make them aware of women’s rights.

Our Impact

WACENA needed a website capable of demonstrating the value of their work to international donors. Unfortunately, the design of their previous website made it difficult for WACENA to update their content and even harder for visitors to find information about their programs and how to donate.

WACENA's new website, launched with the help of PeaceGeeks, has enabled them to reach out to, and partner with, people and organizations from around the world who otherwise would not have known about them. They are also very excited about having the skills needed to continuously update their web presence going forward. 

Deliverables Summary
  • Website deployment
  • Hosting
  • Training

PeaceGeeks Contributors

Magdi Rizkallah - Project Coordinator - Mina Radivojevic - Graphic Deisgner

Women and Children’s Empowerment Network in Africa Contributors

Maggie Ndagire - Executive Director - David Ngobi - Content Lead

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