Women in the Canadian Armed Forces: Recruitment

Today, I will return to a topic that I have covered in several previous posts, and will continue to repeat: the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is struggling to meet its goals for female representation, and is showing few signs of improvement. In fact, the Auditor General released a report in 2016 which stated that the […]

Women in the Canadian Armed Forces

On June 22, 2017, in Canada, Public Safety and National Defence, Women's Rights, by senjaffer

In yesterday’s blog, I took the opportunity to cover Canada’s difficulties in reaching out to its multicultural population. However, it is worth noting that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)’s challenges do not end there- it also struggles to recruit and retain women- particularly in the Royal Canadian Air Force, where women only make up 8.9% […]

Who are the Yazidis?

Who are the Yazidis? The vast majority of Yazidis are found in northern Iraq, in and around the city of Sinjar. It is estimated that there are approximately 1.5 million individuals worldwide who adhere to the beliefs of Yazidism. Yazidism is a complex theology, and like all religions, is hard to sum up in a […]

A Place to Call Home: The Plight of the Myanmar Rohingya – Part 9

“This is just the most extraordinary scene. We’ve been hearing about this boat for the last four or five days through very, very occasional phone calls that have gone out, telling of their desperate plight. Nobody knew where they were, we’ve been searching for a long time … now we’ve found it.” Jonathan Head of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]