French-Language Learning Opportunities in British Columbia

On October 18, 2016, in British Columbia, Canada, Canadian Heritage, Official Languages, by senjaffer

Earlier this month, the Senate Committee on Official Languages met with government officials, schools staff and young students to learn more about the opportunities to learn French as a minority language in British Columbia. For many years, Senators heard Canadians raised concerns about the limited access to French services and immersion programs. The Senate Committee […]

The Plight of the Yazidi People

Today, on the second anniversary of the brutal attack in Iraq known as the Sinjar Massacre, my thoughts are with the Yazidi people who had been displaced by the barbarism of ISIS. Two years ago, early in the morning, ISIS launched an attack on the town of Sinjar, the historic home of the Yazidi people […]

Thoughts and Prayers During Eid Celebrations

On July 7, 2016, in Uncategorized, by senjaffer

Eid ul-Fitr is one of my favorite celebrations in the Muslim calendar. After a month of fasting and spiritual rejuvenation, it gives us the chance to celebrate our growth with our loved ones and friends. However, this year’s celebrations are mixed with a sense of sorrow from the terrorist attacks that took place across the […]

Fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid – It was only half a pill that killed him

At the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs we have been studying the fatal impact of fentanyl on our Canadian streets. Senator Vern White has introduced Bill S-225, to regulate the ingredients required to make fentanyl. These ingredients are called precursors, substances that are used to make the illicit drug. Fentanyl is a […]

What Happens if Bill C-14 is Not Passed by June 6?

Monday, June 6 is a day that has been circled on many Canadians’ calendars. On June 6 it will no longer be a crime for a physician to provide medical assistance in dying to those who fit the criteria as they were set out in the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Carter v. Canada. Many […]

Bring Back Our Girls – A Mothers’ Day Message

Yesterday, on Mothers’ Day, families across Canada gathered to celebrate motherhood and the influence that mothers have on our lives.  On that day, I remembered my mother, whose gift of love allowed me to become the woman that I am today. On that day, I was also greeted by the warm wishes of my daughter, […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Pt. 8

Mohammed Ayuf is a 16-year old Myanmar Rohingya. Myanmar has been his family’s home for as long as they can trace back. His grandparents were born in Rakhine before World War II, and his parents were raised in Sittwe. His father, Shafiq Ahmed, remembers living in the city where there were dozens of mosques and […]

Speech on Women’s Economic Empowerment – 24th Annual Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum

On January 21, 2016, in Uncategorized, by senjaffer

Speech delivered by Senator Mobina Jaffer at the 24th Annual Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum in Vancouver, B.C. on February 17, 2016. Senator Jaffer was the co-chair of the first Meeting of Women Parliamentarians at this year’s APPF conference. Chair, honourable colleagues, Last September, world leaders adopted the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This […]

An Introduction to the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum

On January 15, 2016, in Democracy, Human Rights, Women and Politics, Women's Rights, by senjaffer

This weekend I am excited to be preparing for the beginning of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) that will be taking place in Vancouver from January 17th-21st 2016. This year is the first time that the APPF will be hosting a Meeting for Women Parliamentarians, of which I am humbled to be a co-chair along […]

Climate Change and the Right to Self Determination

Last week the United Nations Conference on Climate Change concluded, but now our work begins. I encourage you to learn more about what came of the conference, and look at some of the progress that was made: . One thing we need to keep in mind is the fact that climate change is largely […]