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Video Wearing Orange to Stop Violence against Women and Girls. Sexualized violence is not sex, it is an assault, it is rape, and it can be torture.
Video of Lenore Zann, MLA, reading her statement in the House of Assembly, Nova Scotia, Canada, December 5, 2013 commemorating The Montreal Massacre as she speaks about violence against women, including non-State torture.
Lenore Zann, MLA, reads her statement in the House of Assembly, Nova Scotia, during the session on violence against women which includes addressing non-State torture. The article we wrote that Lenore refers to is: Defining Torture by Non-State Actors in the Canadian Private Sphere. (2009, Winter). First Light, 29-33.
CBC radio interview with The Current about non-State torture including a man who survived non-State torture and his supporting mother, Jeanne and Linda with their expert opinion that the Criminal Code of Canada be modernized to include non-State torture, and a lawyer with a differing opinion.
Watch a video of Peter MacKay, Canadian Minister of Justice, respond to a reporter's question about amending the Criminal Code of Canada to include non-State torture. Starts at about 6 minutes in the video.
"YOU First" presentation on non-State torture and human trafficking, a fund raising event for the Women's Resource Centre on September 28, Truro, NS. Excerpts of the presentation were recorded - video
Resolution on Non-State Actor Torture with its background paper adopted at the IFUW 2013 Triennial Conference.
Case study: Are women and girls "No One"? Non-State torture and the Committee against Torture, Plenary Session: IFUW and the United Nations. This presentation is part of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) Triennial Conference being held in Istanbul, Turkey, August 16-21, 2013.
Video of Jeanne speaking at the IFUW Plenary Session - approximately 5 minutes - amateur video please excuse blurry bits!
CBC News NS Television Interview about non-State torture - watch us at 3:05.
CBC NS News Written Article about our work.
Truro Daily News Article about our work.
Walk to Raise Awareness about Human Trafficking happening in Nova Scotia - we participated in this walk.
UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS WORK:
Statement by Official Opposition Human Rights Critic, Wayne Marston, on UN Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This Official Press Release refers to the failure of the Government of Canada to implement recommendations made to it by the UN Committee against Torture, which includes the failure to address torture by non-State actors, read our Breakthrough report.
Non-State Torture is paragraph 19.86, page 193, in the shadow report of the Women’s Resource Centre of the UK, “Women’s equality in the UK – A health check”. The report was submitted to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, in Geneva. NST is Appendix 34 which refers to the CEDAW 1992 General Recommendation 19, violence against women, paragraph 7(b) which states the right not to be subjected to torture.
Human Rights Education with three classes of Grade Seven students, several examples of the educational PowerPoint slides used, and students' evaluation responses.
25th Anniversary of the Committee against Torture ~ Special Journal Report: Opening the Door on Non-State Torture
UN Geneva UPR Session Canada - post NGO discussion video. Article CFUW at the Periodic Review of Canada: The UN in Geneva
Our Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Management Plan 2014-2017.
Letter ~ Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) letter to Department of Canadian Heritage informing them that an NGO report was sent to the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights in Geneva (OHCHR) for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
Our Journal Report ~ NGO CSW Forum 2013 at CSW57: Ending Violence Against Women and Girls
CSW 57 Side Event - Live webcast of Guidelines to Measure Violence Agianst Women - Linda asking question about non-State torture at 1:09:28 minutes.
CFUW written statement on non-State torture is official UN Economic and Social Council document (E/CN.6/2013/NGO/10).
CFUW Panel at UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) March 5, 2013, New York City: Genderizing the UN Convention against Torture (CAT) & Non-State Torture Victimization; Resource for CSW panel: Fact Sheet: Torture in the Private Sphere
CSW 2013 panel, "What Works? Best Practices to prevent Human Trafficking." View our presentation here.
Access to Justice for Women and Girls Tortured by Non-State Actors Our submission is on the CEDAW site with other submissions. See criteria
CANADIAN FEDERATION of UNIVERSITY WOMEN (CFUW) MEMBER ACTIVITIES:
CFUW Truro Nov 20/13 meeting report about the IFUW meeting in Istanbul - Talking Turkey.
Personal stories about how we came to feminism are included in Feminist Journeys a book presented to the Colchester East Hants Library by CFUW.
Video of Linda MacDonald reading the Oral Statement of the CFUW and the National Council of Women Canada (NCWC) at the UN CSW57
UNIVERSITY & GROUP PRESENTATIONS:
SCOW at Fordham University Poster: Linda and I presented “Life Course Issues” discussing how childhood violence including non-State torture victimization can impact negatively on older women. The two life course issues were (a) when society assumes that older women will be ‘automatic’ nurturers and carers of aging or dying parents thereby failing to acknowledge the reality that their parent(s) were the ones who inflicted childhood torture onto them and (b) the complex impact that can occur when flashbacks of childhood victimization occur at the same time when dementia is occurring and how this impacts on the delivery of caring.
Dalhousie University Presentation Poster: International Human Rights Mechanisms and Non-State Torture of Women in Canada; Dalhousie PowerPoint presentation: Journal.
Journal of Lecture at Acadia University, January 31/13 - Torture in the Canadian Context: How close to Home is it?
Relational Female Gender-Based Violence is a Global Pandemic 'Tradition' - an image shared at our lecture
Presentation and Follow-up Information to Members of the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW) Nova Scotia - The Human Right Violation of Non-State Torture
RECENT NEWS ARTICLE:
Nova Scotia College of Nurses write-up about Linda's work.
LETTERS TO POLITICIAN MEGAN LESLIE MP NDP DEPUTY LEADER RE PROSTITUTION - letters
Drawing Copyright D. MacDonald 2009