Breaking bread & movement building

“I want to help people who look like me, I always tell women, get involved in the labour movement. We’ll make space for you.” So says labour activist Gogi Bhandal who, on Sunday March 1, came together in sisterhood and solidarity with over 500 women in Brampton, Ontario’s Starlight Grand Convention Centre for an annual brunch celebrating International Women’s Day. Now in its eighth year, the brunch draws people from all over Peel region to honour the work of women, the advances they’ve made in the workplace and in society, and to discuss what still needs to be done.

“This event,” Bhandal explains, “is about building the women’s movement and building community, because women play a huge part in community building.”

Read the full story in Our Times Magazine.

Workers at Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto are fighting for decent pay

“The best thing about this whole process has been an awakening among the workers,” said Local 518 President Elizabeth Wickwire in an email to Rank and File. “It is from small moments like this that I think the broader movement for workers’ rights is built. So, when people talk about fighting ‘Doug Ford’ or other larger foes, I always think it begins here, in supporting the workers, even at an agency as small (but fierce) as ours.”

Read the full story at Rank and File.

International Women’s Day 2018: Spotlight on WHRDs

Feature Episode 2 of Rights on the Line, a podcast I created and produced for Irish human rights NGO Front Line Defenders.

For International Women’s Day, we’re handing the mic over to a few of many WHRDs who work every day of the year for their own rights and the rights of their communities. Tune in to hear these WHRDs speak about their work as human rights defenders:

Ruth Komuntale #Uganda #LandRights
Graciela Pérez Rodriguez #Mexico #Impunity
Emel Kurma #Turkey #Civil&Political Rights
Sindy Joyce #Ireland #IndigenousRights
Tasneem Ahmed Taha Zaki #Sudan #WomensRights
Kimsor Lim #Cambodia #EnvironemntalRights
Hauwa Haruna #Nigeria #WomensRights #RightToEducation
Hannah Vu #Vietnam #EnvironmentalRights

Today is #InternationalWomensDay but these women are advocating for human rights all year round. Listen to hear about their work and the human rights violation their communitites are facing.