My Reflections on Bill C-36 – Part 3

I decided to write a series of blog posts on Bill C-36 even though it has passed because I believe that the discourse around this piece of legislation needs to continue. Bill C-36 brought with it a heated debate, with strong opinions and strong emotions. Instead of abruptly ending that dialogue, I want us to […]

My Reflections on Bill C-36 – Part 2

In my last blog post, I summarized what happened with Bill C-36. In this post, I would like to explain to you why I took the position I did on the bill. As critic in the Senate of Bill C-36, I found aspects of the bill concerning. Now that it has passed, we must continue […]

My Reflections on Bill C-36

Over the summer, I spent a lot of time speaking with sex workers in my home province of BC. This was in anticipation of Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. As a result, I heard many stories over the past months, and was moved by a number of them. I thank […]

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 […]