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Activism Related to Non-State Torture

Truro Daily News Op-Ed From Truro to the United Nations, Geneva

Sexual Assault Awareness Month 2014

Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Aboriginal Women and Girls by Native Women's Association of Canada - includes information on non-State torture, March 2014

Mount Saint Vincent University Presentation - Non-State 'Classic' Torture of Women and Girls & International Human Rights Mechanisms, February 2014

CBCnews Nova Scotia - Torture definition needs to expand, urge N.S. women

Truro Daily News - article about our work

Dalhousie University Presentation - International Human Rights Mechanisms and Non-State Torture of Women in Canada

Acadia University Presentation - Torture in the Canadina Context: How close to Home is it?

NSGEU Nurses by Day, Activists by Night - article in NS Government Employees newsletter

Advocating for Non-State Torture Law ~ Written submission to the Virtual Knowledge Center to End Violence Against Women and Girls (www.endvawnow.org). 

Our Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Management Plan 2014-2017.

Letters to MEGAN LESLIE MP NDP Deputy Leader RE PROSTITUTION - letters

UPDATE REPORT ~ our contribution to 16 Days of Activism. 2012.

International Services for Human Rights, Human Rights Quarterly: Issue 3/20/12 Committee Against Torture A call for dialogue: challenges to fostering engagement at the 48th Session

To share the success gained in having non-state torture victimization that occurs in the 'so-called' private or domestic sphere recognized as falling under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as stated in the Concluding Observations of the Committee against Torture, I wrote the email Sharing Breakthroughs to GEAR. This was picked up by the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) www.awid.org and translated into Spanish by Alejandra Sardá-Chandiramani, facilitated by AWID.

At the 20th Session of the Human Rights Council, Geneva Switzerland, at 3:45 p.m. on June 22, 2012 this statement: WOMEN MUST HAVE THE NON-DEROGABLE HUMAN RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM TORTURE PERPETRATED BY NON-STATE ACTORS IN THE DOMESTIC/PRIVATE SPHERE, was read aloud. WEBCAST: Watch the video of the statement being delivered by International Federation University Women (IFUW) Representative, Hellevi Perraudin

PRESS RELEASE: Gaining Equality Human Rights for Women/Girls who Endure Non-State Torture Victimization Perpetrated by Private Actors by NGO: Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Fédération canadienne des femmes diplômées des universities

Response to Amnesty International’s News Release (2012, June 5) entitled, Canada Must Move Immediately to Implement UN Committee against Torture Recommendations.

Advocacy Report Presentation and Attendance at the Committee against Torture, Geneva, Switzerland, May 18,21-22, 2012.

Concluding Observations of the Committee against Torture made to Canada includes statements indicating that Canada has an obligation to implement the UN Convention against Torture fully into domestic law, recognizing that violence against women and other citizens can amout to torture by non-state actors.

UN News & Media includes several paragraphs pertaining to human rights and non-state torture victimization made by the Committee against Torture experts.

Verbal Statement to the Committee against Torture, May 18, 2012, Geneva Switzerland.

A Shadow Report: Canada Fails to Establish Non-State Actor Torture as a Specific and Distinct Criminal Human Rights Violation, submitted to the Committee against Torture, Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland on April 8, 2012.

CBC News article torture is beyond an assault

Amnesty International & REDRESS published the Gender and Torture Conference Report in 2011; we sent a feedback report to AI entitled, Visibilizing Acts of 'Classic' Non-State Torture in the Private/Domestic Sphere: Is this an Industralized Country Form of Gender-Based Torture?

120px-Small_Flag_of_the_United_Nations_ZP_svg.pngUnited Nations Activities February-March, 2012Our journal (with panel presentation - large file takes a few seconds to upload -- it is worth it!). This Fact Sheet: Torture in the Home was a handout.

Intervention at the Prepatory Panel 2013 made by Jeanne at the 56 th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women: 47:28 - 49.11 minute mark

Non-state torture - Planning session for CSW 2013 - Theme Violence Against Women - 47:32-49:11 minute mark

Spillover violence - Side event Change Makers and Peacekeepers Journey Towards Equal Representation of Women - 1:12:42 - 1:13:55 minute mark



Our submission to 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign November 25-December 10, 2011



Sexual Violence Conference, Middlesex University, London, UKsexualviolenceconference


Here we are with the organizers and participant at the closing of the highly successful and informative Sexual Violence Conference, Middlesex University, London, UK, September 9, 2011. Pictured are: Dr. Miranda Horvath, Linda, Dr. Jackie Gray, Jeanne, Elizabeth (a conference participant), and Dr. Susan Hansen (Photo shared with consents).


Social Responsibility from a Canadian Perspective: As members of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), a non-governmental organization (NGO) with a mandate to uphold the human rights of women and girls, we are most proud to announce that at the Annual General Meeting in St. John’s, Newfoundland-Labrador that a majority of Clubs voted into policy 2 resolutions at their AGM 2011 in support of criminalizing non-state torture in Canada. See also the CFUW newsletter CFUW Communicator - see pages 6 & 7 about NSAT


Human Rights Violations of Torture: Survivor Art and Discussion was held on April 27, 2011 at the local art gallery, Visual Voice Fine Art and the Survivor Art Poster. Please check out our report on how the presentation went.



This is a photo is of the entrance of the UN, Geneva, Switzerland. This is where we were to attend the meeting of the UN Committee of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The Committee hears country reports addressing human right issues relating to women and girls. The Committee also listens to shadow report submitted by non-governmental organization (NGOs). The following Canadian NGO statement was read on October 20, 2008: CEDAW - Canada NGO statement. It includes a statement on non-state actor torture which is highlighted. Also here is our paper about this, our 2008 CEDAW experience


 Others' Activism

Petition to the Government of Canada about NST You must be a Canadian Citizen to sign this petition.



This was Elizabeth's art entry in the, No to violence against women - United Nations European ad competition. Elizabeth's entry focussed on visibilizing non-state torture (NST) as well as sending the message of hope that "it is her right to be free". NST can be inflicted from infancy so the poster carries the message to girls as well as to women. Elizabeth introduces her-Self on her website: http://www.artprintsnst.net




Poster with the art of a woman who suffered and survived.