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Archive for March 2018

Myanmar refugees: What gets you through the day?

We asked refugees from Myanmar now living in camps in Bangladesh what gets them through the day. All of them fled from violence and unimaginable hardship. Within minutes, they had to leave everything behind. Six months later, this is what they say: “We had to leave all of our cooking pots behind. I received this…

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Myanmar refugees: A young girl's determination

“Dad,” she whispers into her sister’s ear, “Say 'dad',” she reiterates and tries to hide a smile, knowing that she is prompting her sister’s reply. When Asia is asked what she misses most about Myanmar, her little sister, Somira, cannot stop answering on behalf of her. The 9-year-old is a bundle of joy. She smiles…

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Sky-high costs of violence against women shown in new global report as CARE calls for better prevention and response

(Geneva) — A new global report launched by the international relief and development organization, CARE International, estimates that violence against women (VAW) costs society upwards of two per cent of global GDP, and states that the problem is serious in low, middle and high income countries alike. “First and foremost, violence against women is a…

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MEDIA ADVISORY: International experts available to discuss Canada's role as women's rights champion at G7 and in humanitarian crises

Press advisory: International experts meet with government officials and hold press conference to discuss Canada’s role as a women’s rights champion at the G7 and in humanitarian crises. Date: Thursday, 22 March 2018 – 9:30AM Location: Charles Lynch Press Conference Room; Centre Block, Parliament Hill, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5A4 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made…

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Creating space for women in South Sudan

Joyce (whose name has been changed in this story to protect her privacy) is a shy woman in her late thirties. Late last year, her husband died suddenly, beginning a new and difficult chapter in her life. “My husband paid a dowry which means that I still belonged to his family despite his death,” says…

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Syria crisis enters eighth year: A mother’s wish

Amani is from a small town in Eastern Ghouta, Syria where all the houses were flattened to the ground due to the ongoing conflict. Her father and three of her uncles were killed in front of her very eyes. She recalls her aunt being beaten, raped and then executed under her gaze. While everyone from…

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Dreaming for seven years: Fatmeh’s story

Fatmeh, her husband Mahmoud, and their two children live in a small ground floor room, in a poor neighbourhood littered with trash. Three mattresses cover the floor. In one corner, there’s a kitchen sink, and an old cooker next to a small fridge. Behind a rickety door is the bathroom. A single bulb hangs from…

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