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2014


Two Women Talking: Vagina Torture - video of Jeanne and Linda acting dual monologues we wrote for the Vagina Monologues April 2014 about two women who endured non-State torture we supported who live/lived in our local county of Colchester East Hants, Nova Scotia, Canada. 


PROSTITUTION

Screening of NFB documentary Buying Sex in Truro NS on April 26 @ 7:30 pm at the Marigold Cultural CentreFree Admission. Panel discussion afterwards. More info.

Truro Daily News article on the documentary screening.

Our letter about prostitution to Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

Letter about prostitution written by the Attorney General of Manitoba, Andrew Swan, to Canadian Minister of Justice, Peter MacKay.    


NEW PUBLICATION

Torture Victimization—Child to Adult: Flashbacks and Connection With First Responders- Our newly published article in the Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, 6(3), 47-56.

 

CSW 58

Call of the Europe and North America NGO caucus to the national delegations of the Commission on the Status of Women - March 14, 2014

NGO CSW Outcome Document North America and Europe - see page 18 for paragraph on non-State torture.

Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls: Draft agreed conclusions

Canadian Minister of the Status of Women, Hon. Kellie Leitch's, statement to the 58th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, March 2014.

We are acting in the Vagina Monologues on April 5th at the Marigold Cultural Center in Truro. We wrote a section called Two women talking: Vagina torture. This conversation is based on the real life testimony and words of two women from Colchester East Hants who endured non-State torture. Our photos of why we wanted to become involved: Linda & Jeanne. And here is a group photo of all the actors.

Guest Lecture at Mount Saint Vincent University in Brenda Lattie's Course - Focus on Women: Non-State 'Classic' Torture of Women and Girls & International Human Rights Mechanisms 

Watch Video: Wearing Orange for UNiTE To End Violence Against Women, February 25th - CFUW initiative to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls - in particular non-State torture.

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1 Billion Rising Video - #ReasonToRise - by Central Nova Women's Resource Center Truro.

Watch Video: Orange Day SayNo UNiTE to End Violence Against Women, January 25th access to justice - persons who have endured non-State torture deserve non-discriminatory legislation.

January 16, 2014 The 'Holy See' appeared before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. Linda's tweet to the Centre for Constitutional Rights livestream at 22:07. 

January 8, 2014 Take Back the Night Walk in our home town of Truro: News photo 

CBC newspaper article about non-State torture with Jeanne Sarson quoted.


NEW EDUCATIONAL PAMPHLETS

These are two-sided triple fold pamphlets:

1. 'Classic' Non-State Torture

2. Sexualized Torture & Human Trafficking Did you know these happen in the home? Spanish translation: Tortura Sexualizada y el Ttráfico de Personas ¿sabías que suceden en casa?

3. Sexualized torture & Child 'Pornographic' Exploitation Did you know these happen in the home?


UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS WORK, 2014

Starting 15 January, 2014: Children and Young People can now submit a complaint to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child for harms, abuse, torture (including non-State) or other forms of violence and human rights violations perpetrated against them. See: Raising Understanding among Children and Young People on the OPCP.


CANADIAN FEDERATION of UNIVERSITY WOMEN (CFUW) MEMBER ACTIVITIES:

Petition Blitz!

Petition to lobby your MP to modernize the Criminal Code of Canada to include non-State torture in section 269.1.

CFUW Truro Nov 20/13 meeting: A report about the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) Triennial Conference in Istanbul - Talking Turkey. At the IFUW 2013 Triennial Conference this Resolution on Non-State Actor Torture with its background paper was adopted.



2013: A FEW REMAINING HIGHLIGHTS

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 was part of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW) Triennial Conference which was 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!

UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS WORK:

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  

UNIVERSITY & GROUP PRESENTATIONS:

SCOW at Fordham University Poster: Jeanne and Linda 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

RECENT NEWS: PRINT & RADIO

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. We speak in Part 2 of the interview.

CBC News NS Television Interview about non-State torture - watch us at 3:05.

CBC NS News Written Article about our work.

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