ACF co-host the panel “Challenging Africa’s Perceptions: A Feminist Perspective”

The Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) hosted a workshop entitled “Challenging Africa’s Perceptions: A Feminist Perspective” during CCIC’s Annual Conference in Ottawa on October 19, 2018.

The panel, jointly organized by the Africa Canada Forum (ACF), the CASID-CCIC Next Generation for collaboration and MATCH International Women’s Fund, explored the question of how can we challenge “the single story” narrative of Africa in Canada? What are the implications of the African story as a “miserable and poor” continent for humanitarian action and international solidarity? What are the unseen gender dynamics behind the “single story?”

Tackling these pressing questions were panelists Theo Sowa of the African Women’ Development fund, Gisèle Baraka Bashige, journalist and program officer at Associations des Femmes des Médias (AFEM-RDC), and Ketty Nivyabandi of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. Moderating the panel was former Radio-Canada’s correspondent for Africa, Sophie Langlois.

ACF contact

Sebastián Vielmas
Regional Working Group Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
+1 613 241 7007 Poste/Ext. 321 | svielmas@ccic.ca

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The Americas Policy Group (APG) held a productive and successful general meeting

The Americas Policy Group (APG) held its general meeting on October 1 & 2, 2018 at the offices of Development and Peace in Montreal, where 35 members from 25 organizations attended. Throughout and after the meeting the APG decisively moved towards focusing its lens on impunity and human rights issues. Country level calls were undertaken following the meeting, leading to the APG to engaging advocacy priorities in Canada.

Notably participants engaged around the issue of leadership changes in Latin America, mainly in México, Colombia, Brazil, through taught provoking presentations by Pierre Beaudet, sociologist and professor of the UQO (Université du Québec en Outaouais), Alejandro Álvarez Béjar, socio-economist and professor of the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), and Luz Caicedo, Assistant Director and Co-Founder of Corporación Humanas—Colombia.

A discussion was also held on how we can advance our advocacy priorities in Canada with strategic insights from Emily Dwyer, Coordinator of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA), Rachel Vincent, APG-co-chair and Director of Advocacy and Media at Nobel Women’s Initiative and Beth Woroniuk, Policy Lead at The MATCH Fund.

Finally, members strategized on how to best fight against impunity and for human rights in Mesoamerica with direct input from partners on the ground, including Félix Molina, Honduran radio journalist, Sandra Morán, Member of the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala and Luis Mejia Godoy, a well know singer-composer and social activist from Nicaragua.

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ACF contact

Sebastián Vielmas
Regional Working Group Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
+1 613 241 7007 Poste/Ext. 321 | svielmas@ccic.ca

Interview with Kevin Frey, CEO of Right to Play

Interview with Kevin Frey, CEO of Right to Play

This month CCIC chatted with Kevin Frey, the CEO of one of CCIC’s newer members, Right to Play!

 

CCIC: Right to Play harnesses the power of play to protect, educate and empower children to heal from difficult and harsh realities. Is there a particular Right to Play project or program that you believe should influence other organizations in our sector? And if so, what could others learn from Right to Play?

 

Kevin Frey: Right To Play’s unique approach to education, our Gender-Responsive Play-Based Learning program, is a trailblazing new initiative that will help improve the quality of education for thousands of children in Africa and the Middle East. This approach uses Right To Play’s proven play-based learning methodology, that has transformed classroom education and teacher training in many schools. This methodology has been adapted for use in teacher training curriculum documents in. In our most recent revision, our teacher training curriculum now puts the emphasis on how these creative teaching methods can encourage girls to become leaders, addressed gender-based barriers to education, and make classrooms more safe and inclusive for all students.

 

 CCIC: What is the biggest obstacle that Right to Play has faced over the years, whether in one of your programs, within your organization or with external stakeholders (or other), and how did you master or overcome the obstacle?

 

Kevin Frey: One of Right To Play’s obstacles is that play has not typically been seen as an important intervention for children in difficult circumstances by many key stakeholders in development and education. However, Right To Play’s programs, research and evaluations have shown that play, and play-based approaches have a transformative impact on children. Using play-based approaches, Right To Play’s programs in Pakistan have shown significant reductions in Gender-Based Violence in the home and and in schools. Right To Play’s play-based approaches to psychosocial support have built resilience for children living in situations of chronic violence and unrest such as the West Bank and Gaza. Right To Play continues to research and build evidence for the transformative potential of play for children in many different contexts.

 

CCIC: Is there any organization or individual that Right to Play would like to collaborate with? And what would this dream collaboration look like?

 

Kevin Frey: We are interested in pursuing collaboration with Canadian and international civil society organizations that are working with the communities in Africa, the Middle East and Asia where we also work. We’ve seen that the impact on our beneficiaries can be so much stronger, our collective voice is louder and we reduce inefficiencies in the sector by working together. Our dream collaborations emphasize the individual strengths of each partner. For example, Right To Play brings a unique play-based methodology to our work that can be used to achieve a range of critical development outcomes. We want our collaborations to bring forward this unique strength, to amplify the work of our partners, while also enabling us to learn from their strengths and approaches.

 

CCIC: Right to Play is a fairly new member of CCIC. What influenced Right to Play’s decision to join CCIC, and how has the organization benefited from your membership?

 

Kevin Frey: Right To Play decided to join CCIC so that we could be better connected to the Canadian international development civil society sector. We realized that many of our goals could be better achieved by working with other organizations. We have been grateful to be able to access a coalition of like-minded organizations, facing similar opportunities and challenges in the Canadian and international landscape. We’ve benefited from our ability to have a finger on the pulse of what is happening in Ottawa and beyond, including through the CFO Working Group and the Policy Working Group. We’ve appreciated opportunities to connect with Global Affairs Canada and other stakeholders, facilitated by CCIC and we’ve also benefited from our membership with CCIC in the stronger relationships we’ve built with other CCIC member organizations.

Five Years After the Storm: The Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Practice

Thursday, November 8
3:30-5:30 pm
CCIC, 39 McArthur Ave, Ottawa

Five years ago, on November 8, 2018, the Philippines was struck by the worst natural disaster in its recorded history when Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) tore through its centre, destroying nearly everything in its path. To mark the 5th anniversary of this tragedy, and to celebrate the recovery, on November 8th, 2018, Development and Peace, in collaboration with the Next Generation Program and the Asia Pacific Working Group, presented a documentary film screening and panel discussion at CCIC.

The documentary After the Storm: Building the Pope Francis Village, produced by Development and Peace-Caritas Canada, immerses viewers in the devastation and challenges faced by poor communities confronting the impacts of climate change. The community-driven response to Haiyan shown in the film proves that it is possible to break the cycle of poverty when the survivors themselves are empowered to build their own future. This example of the humanitarian-development nexus puts the Istanbul Principles into practice, providing for the most urgent needs while also addressing structural challenges, including powerlessness, poverty and inequality, that make these communities disproportionately vulnerable to disasters in the first place.

Following the documentary, there was an interesting panel discussion with experts from different institutions.CCIC’s Nicolas Moyer moderated the panel led by Jess Agustin, Development and Peace, Furqan Asif, University of Ottawa, Carine Bigira, Humanitarian Coalition, and John Summerbell, Global Affairs Canada, who reflected on how to improve humanitarian responses and community preparedness to climate change and natural disasters.

 

Organized by:

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada

In partnership with:

The Asia Pacific Working Group (APWG) : a regional working group of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) focused on development and social justice issues in Asia and in the Pacific.

Next Generation: Collaboration for Development : a joint program of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID).

Civic Strike Leaders from Colombia to visit Canada

A high level delegation of 3 Colombian social leaders will be in Canada from October 25 to November 9, 2018.  These leaders represent the Buenaventura Civic Strike Committee in Colombia’s principal Pacific port city.

In 2017, social organizations launched a remarkable three-week civic strike that forced the Colombian government to negotiate solutions to the city’s social and human rights crisis. Residents literally shut down Colombia’s most important trade route.

The strike won important concessions from the 3 levels government to improve community infrastructure and the collective rights and safety of the inhabitants. Yet threats against the community leaders continue to grow exponentially as plans to expand and modernize the port continue. While the Colombian government signed peace agreements in the autumn of 2017, violence against Indigenous and AfroColombian peoples continues throughout the country.

Canada signed the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement in 2008.

Members of the delegation include:

  • Maria Miyela Riascos: spokesperson for the Buenaventura Civic Strike Committee. In February 2018, she became one of several strike leaders to receive death threats.
  • Victor Hugo Vidal: spokesperson for the Buenaventura Civic Strike Committee, former municipal councillor and an organizer of the Black Communities Process (PCN).
  • Olga Araujo: human rights defender and popular educator for the Association for Social Research and Action (Nomadesc).

The delegation will be in the following cities:

The delegation is sponsored by the Americas Policy Group of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), Amnesty International (Canada), CoDevelopment Canada, Comité des droits humains en Amérique Latine (CDHAL), Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Common Frontiers, InterPares, KAIROS, Public Service Alliance of Canada, Steelworkers Humanity Fund.

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ACF contact

Sebastián Vielmas
Regional Working Group Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
+1 613 241 7007 Poste/Ext. 321 | svielmas@ccic.ca

APWG-Phillipines shocked by the Sagay 9 massacre

The CCIC Asia Pacific Working Group (APWG) – Philippines, comprised of NGOs, faith-based organizations, unions, solidarity groups, and concerned citizens in Canada with relationships in the Philippines, were shocked to learn of the massacre of 9 farm workers, including 3 women and 2 minors, on October 20, 2018 in Hacienda Nene, Sagay City, Negros. In the past, we have expressed our deep concern about the severe deterioration in the human rights situation in the Philippines, in particular the prevailing context of impunity. We are deeply concerned that these killings are, yet another example of violence perpetrated against community members and leaders defending their right to access land and livelihood.

Read the open letter here:

APWG Philippine Open Letter Sagay 9

 

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Sebastián Vielmas
Regional Working Group Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
+1 613 241 7007 Poste/Ext. 321 | svielmas@ccic.ca