Bangladesh’s Garment Workers: The Story of Shapla

Part Two of Senator Jaffer’s Blog Series on Bangladesh’s Garment Workers. (Part One:  Bangladesh’s Garment Workers: Safety is Paramount) Regardless of the curveballs that get thrown at us on a daily basis, there is a consistency in going to and from work. On April 24, 2013, 18-year-old Shapla went to work in Bangladesh the same way […]

One Family Torn Apart is one too many: World Refugee Day 2014

50 million people worldwide are either refugees or internally displaced, this is an overwhelming number. All refugees have lost their country, but each of us has a different story. Some of us are extremely lucky and have found a new home here in Canada, however many are still suffering. This past Friday June 20th, I attended […]

Bangladesh’s Garment Workers: Safety is Paramount

On April 24th 2013, The Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh collapsed, leaving approximately 1,133 workers dead and injuring 2,500 more. As the pinnacle of a series of deadly accidents in Bangladesh’s garment industry, this incident received international attention. Since last year, some preventative measures have been taken to ensure worker safety. However, there is still […]

Targets of War: Women in The Central African Republic

Instead of being able to provide for her family, a mother instead fears for a more fundamental necessity: the survival of her children. She fears for their safety, as well as her own. She finds herself distraught as she contemplates what fate her children will be left to if she is removed from their already […]

We Must Not Abandon the Children of the Central African Republic

The Central African Republic (CAR), as the name suggests, is landlocked in the center of six African countries that continue to experience conflict. Sudan, South Sudan, Chad, Cameroon, Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C) surround the Central African Republic. Unfortunately, CAR has not been exempt from the incessant fighting and tyranny these other […]

Bring Back Our Girls

On May 14th, I asked a question in the Senate on the situation of the abducted girls in Nigeria. Find my statement in full below: Honourable senators, it has now been 29 days since 200 young girls were kidnapped by the Boko Haram group in Nigeria. Three weeks after this horror began, the same terrorist […]

Pope John Paul II Day: My Personal Connection

On May 15, 2014, in Canada, Human Rights, Senate of Canada, Tribute, by senjaffer

On May 11th 2014, the Senate Standing Committee on Human rights which I am chair of, met to discuss Bill C-266: An Act to Establish Pope John Paul II Day. As I sat in the hearing, I became nostalgic of my family’s past experiences with Pope John Paul II and the Vatican. I would like […]

The Locust Effect – Changing the Conversation on Global Poverty

On the morning of Thursday May 1st, I attended a breakfast discussion held in the Commonwealth room on Parliament Hill. Among a small group of my peers, I listened to Victor Boutros speak on the book he and Gary Haugen wrote, titled The Locust Effect. The impact of this talk is what I wish to […]

There is no “Delicate” Way to Part a Farmer from his Land

At 86 years old, the only constant in Franks life has been his farm. Gifted to his family by King George III in 1798, after the American Civil War, the deed says that John Meyers (Frank’s sixth grandfather) would have the land “forever.” Now the government is going to take his farm and replace it […]

Your Question Period

On April 22, 2014, in Canada, Citizen Engagement, Democracy, Feedback, Senate of Canada, by senjaffer

Do you want your question asked to the Government in the Senate? Now is your chance! The Senate Liberal Caucus wants Canadians of all political stripes to submit questions for us to ask the Government in the Senate. For the first time, you can have a direct voice in Parliamentary deliberations. This is just one […]