The United Nations (UN) says that the Rohingya’s situation is the world’s fastest-growing refugee crisis. It has also been stated that what has happened to the Rohingya is a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.
The conference was packed with insights from the National Union’s research into issues facing women workers in Canada ranging from pay equity, job security, pensions, child care, caregiving and gender-based violence.
"How much more evidence does our government need to prove that women continue to face inequality and discrimination? We need a government that will not just talk about improving equality but one that will actually act." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"On World Press Freedom Day, we celebrate those workers who bring us the news, no matter the price. May we fight with them to defend their independence, protect the fundamental principles of press freedom and honour those who have lost lives in pursuit of the truth." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always: Theme of 2015 UN International Human Rights Day
"It makes it easy to say we're abiding by the Convention, but when we have no mechanism to track actions or violations, it's pretty disingenuous." — says James Clancy, NUPGE National President
This is not just a Canadian fight, it is a global fight to end the epidemic. Canada has an opportunity to contribute on both levels.
“The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard.” — Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon
“All Canadians have a role to play in ending racism. This makes recent comments and actions by the federal Conservative government all the more unacceptable.” — James Clancy, National President of the National Union of Public and General Employees
Despite Canada's close connection to the Declaration, it's difficult for many Canadians to celebrate this year's theme. The fact is, Human Rights 365 doesn't exist for most working people in Canada.