The Campaign is Tweeting LIVE from Canada's Parliament Hill Thursday June 14, 7:30-9:00am EST as the Nobel Women's Initiative meets with Members of Parliament to discuss the crisis of violence against women.
The International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict is officially launching in Canada and the Nobel Women's Initiative has invited politicians and Canadian activists to discuss the findings of the group's recent report, "From Survivors to Defenders: Women Confronting Violence in Mexico, Honduras & Guatemala." They will urge Canada to take a leading role within the international community to prevent rape in conflict, protect civilians and rape survivors, and ensure comprehensive justice is delivered.
Lucy van Oldenbarneveld is the host of CBC Television’s supper hour news program and anchors the team that presents CBC News Ottawa at 5, 5:30 & 6. In the summer of 2003, Lucy took a leave of absence to travel to Africa to teach a radio skills course to people who work in the Afrinet radio network. Since then, Lucy has returned to Africa numerous times to teach journalism at the National University of Rwanda in Butare as part of Carleton University's Rwanda Initiative.
Maria Cuc Choc is a Mayan Q’eqchi and community leader from El Estor, eastern Guatemala. Maria works to promote community development, human rights and environmental well-being throughout her region, resisting and seeking reparations for forced evictions of Mayan Q’eqchi communities, and for human rights violations committed for the mining interests of HudBay Minerals. Maria has been supporting the law firm Klippensteins in 3 cases filed in Canadian courts against Hudbay Minerals, including the death of Adolfo Ich and the gang rape of 11 women from the community of Lote 8.
Robert Fox is the Executive Director of Oxfam Canada, an organization committed to promoting the rights and improving the lives of women and girls. He has played a lead role among Oxfams globally on issues of gender justice and development effectiveness, and has travelled extensively to meet with women and women’s organizations who are on the front lines in the struggle to end violence and promote human rights.
Sarah Harmer is a singer/songwriter and co-founder of Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (PERL). Sarah began her musical career with country rockers The Saddletramps, and then formed her own band, Weeping Tile. After the release of the Polaris-prize winning I’m a Mountain, she set aside music to focus on political and environmental campaigns, helping to found and shepherd PERL. Sarah recently completed a not-for-profit tour along the Niagara Escarpment for PERL to raise awareness about quarry rezoning.
Diana Sarosi is the Manager of Policy and Advocacy at the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Diana previously worked with Nonviolence International Southeast Asia promoting nonviolent action for social change and assisting human rights defenders in the region in developing their advocacy strategies. She established the Working Group on Justice for Peace promoting political rights and access to justice within the conflict area of Southern Thailand.
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Thursday, June 14 7:30-9:00am EST
If you haven't already, sign the petition to Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird, asking him to support a motion to make Canada a leader to Stop Rape in Conflict.
"From Survivors to Defenders: Women Confronting Violence in Mexico, Honduras & Guatemala," Nobel Women's Initiative, 2012