Human Rights

Protecting children from having to work

Social protection measures can help reduce the incidence of child labour, says Constance Thomas, Director of the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC). Around 215 million children world-wide are engaged in child labour. Much of this work is harmful, hazardous or even dangerous to their health and to their future life development. Children everywhere should be able to have a real childhood, to play, to learn

Black History Month

  It is the month in which we bear witness to the progress, richness and diversity of African-Canadian achievement. During the 1920's an African American named Carter G. Woodson created and promoted Negro History Week. This period in February was chosen because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976 the month-long celebration was implemented, and is a time for us all to reflect on both

Human Rights Day, 10 December

Human Rights Day presents an opportunity, every year, to celebrate human rights, highlight a specific issue, and advocate for the full enjoyment of all human rights by everyone everywhere.   This year, the spotlight is on the rights of all people — women, youth, minorities, persons with disabilities, indigenous people, the poor and marginalized — to make their voices heard in public life and be included in political decision-making.  

How to join the IAM Canadian National Human Rights Committee

Thank you for showing an interest in the National Human Rights Committee. We meet one or two times per year and usually in Toronto for 1- 1/2 days (Friday (travel)/Saturday (meeting)). We also ask our committee members to touch base with other IAM members in the Province or Territory where you reside, with any information from the Canadian IAMAW office that is of interest to Human Rights committees. We also

Light a Candle

  WHAT ARE YOU DOING ON OCTOBER 4TH?   October 4th is a day where we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. The violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who have inspired the SIS movement and who are our reason we all continue to demand action.  

Shameful passing of Columbia-Canada Free-Trade deal

The Liberals this week closed ranks with the Conservatives in passing legislation that brought two years of vigorous public debate to an end—and finalized a free trade deal alongside a new human rights agreement with Colombia that civil society leaders say lowers the bar on human rights. “This new human rights agreement is empty. It does nothing to repair Canada’s sullied human rights reputation in the world,” said Gerry Barr,