Events and Activities

Expert panel on “Canadian mining operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and options for accountability”

Co-hosted by the Canadian Centre for International Justice; the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa; the Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa; and the POWER: Africa-Canada project, University of Ottawa.  A roundtable discussion will follow

Wednesday, November 10, 2010, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Amnesty International Canada, 312 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa

 Chaired by Seema Joshi from Global Witness (UK), the panel will include

  • Tricia Feeney, Executive Director of Rights & Accountability in Development (UK)
  • Matt Eisenbrandt, Legal Coordinator of the Canadian Centre for International Justice   
  • An expert on Canadian mining in Africa from Mining Watch Canada (name to be confirmed)
  • A representative of the DRC community in Ottawa (name to be confirmed)

November 8, 2010 News release: “Congolese victims file class action against Canadian mining company”

UN Report on serious crimes in the DRC

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) and the Canadian Centre for International Justice invite you to a presentation given by Georges Kapiamba, Vice-president of the Association Africaine de Défense  des Droits de l’Homme. The presentation is entitled, “Le mapping des Nations Unies face aux crimes graves commis en RDC : la lutte contre l’impunité et les attentes des victimes.”  (The talk will be in French)

October 7, 2010 11:30-1, FTX 550, Fauteux Hall, University of Ottawa

Additional support is provided by the POWER (Progress & Opportunities for Women’s Equality Rights): Africa/Canada project.

“Women and Girls’ Equality Rights and the Extractive Industries in Africa” Workshop

POWER (Progress & Opportunities for Women’s Equality Rights): Africa/Canada and the Publish What You Pay (PWYP)-international coalition present:”The Intersections of Race, Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa: A Transnational Exchange of Tools and Best Practices.”

Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Law Foundation of Ontario (LFO) and the Department of Canadian Heritage, and co-sponsored by the Publish What You Pay Coalition, the June 28th POWER workshop will seek to initiate and possibly eventually support the development of a highly specialized, multidisciplinary and multisectoral (academic-practitioner) community of practice committed to exploring the intersections of gender equality issues, sexual violence and the extractive industries in conflict/post-conflict settings in Africa.  Specifically, the workshop will serve as a first step in: the identification of a community of practice; the identification and discussion of key themes, directions and priorities for both research and action; and the exchange of knowledge and data leading to the production of a report, which will feed into the development of both a Kinshasa-based conference sponsored by the Publish What You Pay Coalition in 2011, and a collaborative research proposal. 

Senate Room (083), Tabaret Hall (75 Laurier Ave.) University of Ottawa

June 28, 2010

 

Workshop backgrounder, agenda and report 1, 2, 3

 “The Intersections of Race, Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa: A Transnational Exchange of Tools and Best Practices” Workshop

 

POWER (Progress & Opportunities for Women’s Equality Rights): Africa/Canada and the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) present:”The Intersections of Race, Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa: A Transnational Exchange of Tools and Best Practices”

Anecdotal evidence and a preliminary scan of existing tools in Canada suggest that the latter are, in fact, grossly inadequate to meet the needs of immigrant women and girls who have experienced sexual gender based violence in conflict settings in Africa.  The workshop, funded by the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Department of Canadian Heritage, will therefore explore a series of questions, highlighting and speaking to experiences that have rarely been acknowledged and even more rarely addressed in practice.  

May 8, 2010

Senate Room (083), Tabaret Hall (75 Laurier Ave.), University of Ottawa 

Workshop agenda, notes and participants’ biographies 1, 2, 3


“Plenary Panel: Roundtable on Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa”

 

Canadian Association of African Studies annual conference

Chair: Joanne Lebert, Coordinator, POWER: Africa-Canada

Panelists:

 Friday May 7, 2:30-4:30 pm

Azrieli Theatre 302, Carleton University

Details

 

“Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa workshop”

POWER: Africa-Canada, the Institute at African Studies at Carleton University, and Peacebuild, Canada’s Peacebuilding Network present a 2-day workshop on “Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa.”

 

Sponsored by United Nations University, the Law Foundation of Ontario, the Canadian Department of Heritage and the Centre for Security and Defense Studies at Carleton University, this workshop will bring together academics and activists to initiate a detailed, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral discussion of sexual violence and conflict in Africa.  

The workshop will be a mix of paper presentations and roundtable discussions to explore the social, political, economic and cultural aspects of sexual violence and conflict in Africa. The intent is to move beyond descriptions of the phenomenon to a discussion of causes, consequences, patterns and possible solutions. 

Speakers include:

  • Kudakwashe Chitsike, Research and Advocacy Unit, Zimbabwe
  • Julienne Lusenge, Solidarité féminine pour la paix et le devéloppement intégral, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Soyata Maiga, Rapporteure spéciale sur les droits des femmes, Commission africaine des droits de l’Homme
  • Céline Narmadji, Association des femmes pour le développement et la culture de la paix au TCHAD, Chad
  • Jessica Nkuuhe, Urgent Action Fund-Africa, Kenya

 

May 5-6 2010, Room 2017, Dunton Tower, Carleton University

Call for papers, agenda and speakers’ biographies 1, 2 ,3

Further details

 

“Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa workshop”

Cocktail reception

POWER: Africa-Canada-sponsored cocktail reception for “Sexual Violence and Conflict in Africa” workshop participants and speakers

May 4, 2010

Atrium (third floor), Fauteux Hall,

Faculty of Law, 57 Louis-Pasteur Rd, University of Ottawa

 

“Issues and Challenges Related to Burundian Women’s Electoral Participation”

POWER (Progress & Opportunities for Women’s Equality Rights): Africa-Canada and the Shirley E. Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession present: “Issues and Challenges Related to Burundian Women’s Electoral Participation”

Guest Speaker: Assumpta Naniwe, Child Protection Advisor – MONUC: United Nations Organization Mission in DRCongo

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 11:30-1:00pm

FTX 351, Fauteux Hall, University of Ottawa

 

details

Reading Power: Social Justice and African Literature

Continuing Education course (University of Ottawa) 

Fall 2009 course instructor: Joanne St.Lewis

“Violence Against Black Women: An Overdue Conversation”

Sponsored by the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, OCTEVAW, the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre, the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa and the National Association of Women and the Law
Friday, December 4, 2009  7:00 – 8:00 pm, Desmarais Hall, DMS 1160, University of Ottawa

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“Stories of African Women’s Inequality and Strategies for Gender Justice, Part I”

POWER (Progress & Opportunities for Women’s Equality Rights): Africa/Canada presents:
“Stories of African Women’s Inequality and Strategies for Gender Justice, Part II”
Tuesday, December 2, 2008, The Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Room 156 Ottawa, Ontario

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“Stories of African Women’s Inequality and Strategies for Gender Justice, Part II”

The Shirley E. Greenberg Chair for Women and the Legal Profession & POWER: Africa/Canada present:
“Stories of African Women’s Inequality and Strategies for Gender Justice, Part II”
Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. FTX 359 University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, 57 Louis Pasteur

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International Human Rights Day: Stories of Women’s Inequality and Strategies for Gender Justice

The Law Society of Upper Canada, POWER (Progress & Opportunities for Women’s Equality Rights): Africa/Canada, and the Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa present: Stories of Women’s Inequality and Strategies for Gender Justice

Tuesday, December 9, 2008 Time: 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. / 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Reception) Location: The Law Society of Upper Canada, 130 Queen St. West, (Enter at east doors) Lamont Learning Centre, Main Floor, Ottawa ON

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