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Harvesting Freedom tour for migrant workers' rights

From September 4th to October 3rd, migrant farmworkers are marching and caravanning across Ontario from Windsor to Ottawa, marking the 50th anniversary of Canada's "temporary" migrant farmworker programs. The caravan is raising awareness among Canadians about how our food system relies on their precarious and underpaid labour, and call on the federal government to offer them permanent residence status and to respect their labour rights.

Sep 8, 2016

Harvesting Freedom poster

Inter Pares' submission to Global Affairs Canada's 2016 International Assistance Review (IAR)

Between May and July 2016, Global Affairs Canada conducted an extensive review of its development policies, known as the International Assistance Review (IAR). The review was an opportunity for civil society organizations and for Canadians to offer their views on how Canada can take action on poverty and inequality abroad.

Sep 2, 2016

Inter Pares' submission to the International Assistance Review

The World Social Forum 2016: A unique gathering for social justice in Montréal

Inter Pares participated in the 2016 World Social Forum, which was an unparalleled moment of learning and global solidarity.

Sep 2, 2016

Demonstration with giant globe

Rising up for migrant farmworkers' rights

This fall, two important series of events are drawing attention to the structural injustice that migrant farmworkers face in Canada, and to their demands for change.

Sep 1, 2016

Justicia for Migrant Workers and supporters call for migrant farmworkers to be given permanent status in Canada.

A Model for Peace: Women building peace in Mali

With the support of ACORD, women and men gathered to learn and share ideas of how to transform national conflict into an authentic and sustainable peace.

Sep 1, 2016

No True Peace Without the Voices of Women

In late 2012, when Colombia’s government and its largest guerrilla group, known as the FARC, met in Norway to launch peace talks, the only woman si

Sep 1, 2016

Colombian government delegates and the FARC initiate talks for ending the conflict, in Oslo, Norway.

A Feminist Approach to Canada's International Assistance

This brief, submitted to Canada's International Assistance Review in July 2016, seeks to build a common understanding of feminist approaches to international assistance, to assess the challenges, gaps and opportunities in Global Affairs Canada’s approach, and to develop a set of practical recommendations for implementing a feminist approach.

Aug 5, 2016

Cover of "A Feminist Approach to Canada's International Assistance"

Join Inter Pares at the World Social Forum!

From August 9th to 14th, the World Social Forum (WSF) is coming to a Northern country for the first time since its inception in 2001, in Brazil. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in the world's largest gathering of social movements. Between 50 000 and 80 000 activists from civil society groups, organizations, and social movements from all over the world are expected to attend, including many of Inter Pares’ international and national counterparts.

Aug 4, 2016

Demonstration with giant globe

Inter Pares engages with the Canadian government's development policy review

We offered our views on how Canada can take action on poverty and inequality abroad.

Aug 3, 2016

Karen refugees from Burma play an active role in managing their own camps.

Quest for justice in Honduras continues

Inter Pares staff continue to monitor the dire human rights situation in Honduras, and to call for justice and accountability.

Jun 10, 2016

Honduran activists appear by videoconference at parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Right

Forced Sterilizations in Peru: Never again

Mamérita Mestanza hadn’t reached her 34th birthday when she died from complications resulting from tubal ligation surgery. Her story is far from unique.

Jun 9, 2016

Controlling Their Own Bodies, Controlling Their Own Lives

The establishment of four reproductive health clinics in the Philippines and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health of women and girls contribute to a better control of their bodies and their lives.

Jun 9, 2016

Women's Health & Women's Rights

This bulletin highlights the excellent work of our counterparts in reproductive and sexual health of women and girls in the Philippines, in-depth training for midwives in Burma and the unveiling of forced sterilizations committed in Peru.

Jun 9, 2016

cover of June 2016 bulletin

Crisis at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Inter Pares staff Bill Fairbairn and Guillaume Charbonneau met last Tuesday with James Cavallaro, President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Jun 6, 2016

(L-R) Rachel Vincent of Nobel Women’s initiative, James Cavallaro, Bill Fairbairn from Inter Pares, Jim Hodgson from the United Church of Canada, and Guillaume Charbonneau from Inter Pares.

The Survey of Muslims in Canada 2016

The Survey of Muslims in Canada 2016, supported by Inter Pares as part of our civil liberties work, confronts popular stereotypes by exploring Canadian Muslims’ experiences, opinions, and perceptions.

May 26, 2016

Muslim woman at her computer

Canadian Mining Justice: Engage your MP and take action in your church or community

In this webinar, you can inform yourself and prepare for engaging your Member of Parliament on mining justice issues.

May 13, 2016

Open for Justice webinar poster

The Rule of Law in an Age of Fear: A talk with Dennis Edney, Omar Khadr’s lawyer

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group, in collaboration with Inter Pares and Octobus Books, invites you to a talk with Dennis Edney, an Edmonton-based lawyer who has been representing Omar Khadr pro bono for years.

May 13, 2016

poster for Edney talk

The Panama Papers: Let's do what's right

The Panama Papers reveal a system where wealthy individuals hide their money in tax havens to avoid paying tax in the countries where they live and carry out their business. It may be legal but it isn’t fair.

May 5, 2016

Saskatoon billboard about Cameco's tax dodge

Celebrate Mother's Day the old-fashioned way

Reclaim the original meaning of Mother's Day by supporting women around the world working for positive change. Make a gift to Inter Pares in honour of someone special and send them an e-card.

May 5, 2016

image from "Feminist History Minute"

Inter Pares Film Night - The True Cost (Ottawa edition)

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world.

Apr 28, 2016

True Cost poster

Inter Pares Film Night - The True Cost (Montreal edition)

Please join us for a deep dive into the fashion industry - from the cotton fields to the factories and runways.

Apr 28, 2016

True Cost poster

Video of "From the Land: Reconciliation in action in Canada and Colombia"

On April 25th, Inter Pares held its 2016 Speakers Series event, "From the Land: Reconciliation in action in Canada and Colombia." Relive or discover this event by watching the video.

Apr 27, 2016

Anne Marie Sam and Mildrey Corrales Charry

From the Land: 140 supporters reflect with us on reconciliation

On April 25th, 2016, 140 supporters and activists from Ottawa-Gatineau joined Inter Pares for the 2016 edition of its annual Speakers Series, "From the Land: Reconciliation in action in Canada and Colombia."

Apr 26, 2016

Inter Pares Annual Report 2015 - Civil society: Holding governments to account

This Annual Report gives an overview of some of the watershed moments experienced by our counterparts during which they held governments to account for some of the root causes of inequality.

Apr 25, 2016

Our Annual Report 2015 is out!

This year's annual report is about the role of civil society in holding governments to account.

Apr 25, 2016

Cover image of Inter Pares' 2015 Annual Report

2015 Full Financial Statements

Inter Pares' Full Financial Statements for 2015

Apr 21, 2016

Presentation on Women, Peace and Security for the SCFAID

Bill Fairbairn, Inter Pares Program Manager, Latin America, testified before the parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on April 12th, 2016, during its study on women, peace and security.

Apr 12, 2016

Inter Pares Film Nights - Girls' and women's rights in Sudan

Inter Pares is screening a 30-minute documentary from one of our Sudanese counterparts on child marriage. After the film, we will be discussing girls' and women's rights in Sudan with Fahima Hashim, founder of Salmmah Women's Resource Centre.

Apr 5, 2016

screen shot of SORD documentary

World March of Women 2015, Outaouais delegation

This video of the World March of Women from Outaouais shares voices of participants who tell us why in 2015, we still need to march.

Mar 15, 2016

World March of Women from Outaouais banner, 2015

2016 Speakers Series: From the land: Reconciliation in action in Canada and Colombia

Come and join us on April 25th at 7pm for meaningful discussion on reconciliation - a concept that is more important today than ever.

Mar 3, 2016

crowd at conference

Inter Pares Film Nights – Raising Resistance

This film explores Latin American farmers' struggle against the expanding production of genetically modified soy in South America. Eric Chaurette, Inter Pares food sovereignty program manager, will join us for a post-screening conversation on the issues profiled in the film.

Mar 1, 2016

Raising Resistance poster

International Women's Day 2016: Happy New Feminist Year!

Join us on March 8, 2016 for Ottawa’s biggest International Women’s Day celebration, featuring the annual Femmy Awards ceremony honouring local feminist change-makers, an activist fair, powerful arts performances, great food and drink, AND a dance party!

Feb 29, 2016

IWD Ottawa March 8 event poster

Live... The Solidarity Tour

Inter Pares’ second Solidarity Tour to Guatemala has begun!

Feb 18, 2016

40 x 40 Campaign for Sustaining Donors

Inter Pares has launched 40 x 40, a campaign to welcome 40 new monthly donors!

Feb 12, 2016

Monthly donors

Inter Pares begins new program to promote inclusive governance in Burma

In this five-year program, Inter Pares will promote the inclusion of ethnic and religious minorities in Burma’s transition to democracy and peace.

Feb 2, 2016

Women's march in the street of Burma

Why Women Seek Asylum: The global pandemic of gender-based violence

Board member Amanda Dale spoke with us about the challenges for women seeking asylum in Canada.

Jan 28, 2016

Amanda Dale (back left) and the staff of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.

When staying is not an option

Every year, 80,000 to 100,000 undocumented men and women leave Honduras. The country is rocked by violence, but Hondurans are deemed “economic migrants.”

Jan 28, 2016

Central American migrants about to board la Bestia (the Beast), the infamous train that will carry them across Mexico.

Picture a Refugee

Labels of "refugee" instead of "migrant" have power worldwide, including in Burma, where displaced people have many stories but with common threads.

Jan 28, 2016

Karen refugees from Burma play an active role in managing their own camps.

Final Report of the International Verification Mission on the Human Rights of the Honduran Migrant Population and Their Right to International Protection

In order to shed light on Honduras's under-reported mass migration, PCS organized a delegation of six international experts to investigate the situation. Taking their report to national and international authorities in the summer of 2015, PCS helped reveal these horrendous realities, pressuring local governments and international institutions to address those issues.

Jan 5, 2016

Final Report of the International Verification Mission on the Human Rights of the Honduran Migrant Population and Their Right to International Protection

Highlights 2015: Inter Pares' year in review

Here are some highlights of what we’ve accomplished together with our counterparts in 2015.

Dec 1, 2015

Community Health Worker in Burma

Foreign Pension Funds and Land Grabbing in Brazil

Swedish, US and Canadian pension funds have acquired farmlands in Brazil by way of a Brazilian businessman accused of using violence and fraud to displace small farmers. These pension funds are also using complex company structures that have the effect of evading Brazilian laws restricting foreign investments in farmland.

Nov 17, 2015

Cover page - Report: Foreign pension funds and land grabbing in Brazil

Top Swedish, US and Canadian pension funds linked to Brazilian land grabs, displacement of people

A New York company managing the retirement savings of workers in Sweden, the US and Canada is evading Brazilian laws on foreign investment to acquire farmlands from a businessman accused of violently displacing local communities.

Nov 17, 2015

Farmers expelled from their land

JQSI celebrates women’s local action for a more equal world

From November 5-14, 2015, this year’s 19th JQSI edition will offer a wide variety of events and opportunities to discuss international solidarity issues that concern us all.

Nov 3, 2015

Visuel JQSI

Working for Change Among Equals

This bulletin is about the future of international solidarity, the importance of exposure trips in Inter Pares' approach, the role of political leadership in universal healthcare.

Nov 2, 2015

Cover of the 2015 November Bulletin