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 […]

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 […]

Why is Violence Against Women Still Happening?

As most people know, women’s rights have been a major focus of mine, particularly the continued prevalence of violence against women (VAW). This kind of assault on humanity takes many forms, which I would like to bring to public attention and begin a dialogue on over the next few months. The United Nations (1993) defines […]

President Buhari, Bring Back Our Chibok Girls

Over a year ago, the world watched in horror as more than 200 Chibok girls were abducted by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Boko Haram is an extremist group that has been terrorizing the region ever since 2002. They are responsible for an attack on a UN building in Abuja, and numerous kidnappings of young girls […]

Understanding Human Trafficking: the first step in fighting it

Understanding Human Trafficking: the first step in fighting it Often times when we think of human trafficking, our thoughts go straight to what we see in the movies: twenty-something women huddled in a dark house, forced into violent forms of sexual exploitation. That is part of the unfortunate truth, but human trafficking is much more […]

Bring Back Our Girls – A Year Later

On April 14 2014, the world looked on outraged and heartbroken as we heard that more than 200 young girls were kidnapped by extremists in Nigeria. Out of these girls, less than fifty have managed to escape. I shudder to think of what has happened to the rest of them. Today, we have reached the […]

My Reflections on Bill C-36 – Part 4

Over the past few blog posts, (part 1, part 2, part 3) I have outlined some of my opinions on bill C-36. In this final post on the matter (for now) I would like to look at the issue from a new angle: let us look forward. What does it mean for Canada now that […]

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 […]