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: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/paris-agreement-key-climate-points-1.3362500 . One thing we need to keep in mind is the fact that climate change is largely […]

Climate Change and the Right to Life

Check out the infographic below This is the final week of the Paris Climate Change conference. As such, I will be writing my last two blog posts on the topic of human rights and climate change. The remaining two rights I will examine are more broad than the previous ones. So far, I have examined the right […]

Climate Change and the Right to Housing

Check out the infographic below This week the Paris Conference on Climate Change has begun.For all those who are attending, many logistical plans went into their trip. One of which was inevitable was where they would stay during their trip. For so many people in our world, having a place to stay is not a guarantee. The […]

Climate Change and the Right to Health

Check out the infographic below This series of blog posts is exploring how human rights will be affected by the impact of climate change. This week I am looking at the right to health. The right to health is not the same as the right to being healthy – it means that everyone should have access to […]

Climate Change and the Right to Food

On November 19, 2015, in Canada, Climate Change, Human Rights, International Cooperation, Poverty, by senjaffer

Check out the infographic below Two weeks ago, I wrote about how the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights found multiple links between climate change and how its effects stand to violate human rights, particularly those already living in poverty.  One of those links is the threat climate change poses to the right […]

Climate Change and the Right to Water

On November 13, 2015, in Canada, Climate Change, Human Rights, International Cooperation, Poverty, by senjaffer

Check out the infographic below Last week I wrote about how the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights found multiple links between climate change and how its effects stand to violate human rights, particularly by those already living in poverty.  One of those links is the threat climate change poses to the right […]

Climate Change is a Human Rights Issue

On November 4, 2015, in Canada, Climate Change, Human Rights, International Cooperation, Poverty, by senjaffer

On November 30th, the United Nations Climate Change Conference will begin in Paris. The purpose of the meetings, that will occur over two weeks, is to assess the progress made on combating climate change, and to work to set new goals. Over the next few weeks leading up to the conference, I hope to amplify […]