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Support for Ontario court decision on harmful sex worker laws

September 28, 2010

MP Libby Davies Welcomes Superior Court Ruling Striking Down Harmful Laws

Ottawa- Vancouver East MP Libby Davies welcomes the landmark Ontario Superior Court ruling striking down Canada's laws surrounding prostitution noting the laws are substantially "increasing the risk of harm" to sex workers.

"This is a long overdue victory for some of Canada's most vulnerable women," said Davies. "The ruling is in line with the 2006 findings of the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Solicitation Laws, showing that current laws are hurting sex workers," said Davies whose Private Member's Motion was the impetus for the sub-committee.



When domestic violence comes to work

December 8, 2014
| "Can Work Be Safe When Home Isn't?" is a new report showing the results of the first Canadian survey on the impacts of domestic violence in the workplace.
Length: 11:49 minutes (10.83 MB)

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: Support feminist action

Photo: flickr/peter beens
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Here are five reasons you need to support feminist action right now.

Related story:

Safety for some, violence for the poor: Five reasons to support feminist action

Photo: flickr/peter beens

Issues of violence against women have been getting a lot more attention in the news than usual in the past few weeks. Amidst these conversations, you sometimes hear reference to survivors as 'educated' or a 'public figure'. The media emphasis on the class standing of survivors implies that certain lives and stories of violence are more 'believable' (just barely) -- while others can be more easily dismissed. 


How to create a safer nightlife through harm reduction

Photo: flickr/Shawn Tron

Harm reduction is something we all need to be talking about. It is the belief that even when someone is participating in risky behaviour, that there is still a way to minimize harm. It's a common part of everyday life, whether you realize it or not. It keeps you safer. It's wearing your seatbelt. It's putting on your bicycle helmet. It's not drinking and driving.  


Asia Pacific Currents

What happened after Rana Plaza collapsed in Bangladesh?

February 15, 2014
| Labour news from the Asia Pacific region and an interview with Colin Long about his recent solidarity visit to Bangladesh.
Length: 27:30 minutes (12.59 MB)

Sour gas wells allowed within 100 metres of schools

January 29, 2014
| The natural gas industry is growing rapidly in B.C. Much of the gas contains dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide. A new report finds serious problems with current safety provisions.
Length: 11:33 minutes (10.58 MB)
Image: flickr/tonyjcase
| December 21, 2013

How to stay safe as a human rights defender

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Those who defend human rights are often on the frontlines of the action. As a result, they see great violence and face great danger.

Caring for yourself while you are organizing for human rights is essential. It is important to keep your own safety in mind!

This workbook includes advice on how to maintain your safety and security in various activist situations as a human rights defender:

-making a security plan

-supporting other human rights defenders

-analyzing risk

-keeping your computer and phone secure

-avoiding lawsuits and defending yourself against defamation

-dealing with police



Let us not forget the Bangladesh disaster

Nothing will erase from my mind's eye the picture of long lines of young women, snaking along the road, in rain or shine going to work in the many, many garment factories to be found all over Dhaka, crammed into every kind of structure, from one time apartments, to tenements to sheds.

Every now and then, colour coded plastic raincoats spoke to the small largesse of some factory management, but on the whole, if it rained they walked soaking. Quietly. Purposively.

This amazing fortitude was also demonstrated in the survival in the recent Rana Plaza tragedy -- which was particularly horrific because it was avoidable.


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