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Take Action: Honduran Human Rights Under Attack

Here at CoDev there is always the possibility that we will check our emails and receive news from our partners that their livelihoods and lives are at risk. Unfortunately this isn’t as infrequent an event as we would like it to be and this week is no exception.

On Monday Steve Stewart, one of Program Directors, emailed us from his vacation to inform us that a Honduran teacher, Ilse Ivania Velásquez Rodríguez, had died as a result of continued human rights repression in Honduras. This repression has been (more…)

The warmth of Saskatchewan

Berenice Celeyta with CUPE Saskatchewan’s Aboriginal Council

Barbara Wood, CoDev Executive Director, shares the last in her 3-part report on Berenice Celeyta’s (NOMADESC) 2011 visit to Canada.

“When I told people I was coming to Regina in early March, everyone looked horrified. I want you to know, though, that I have never felt so much warmth from people – you have made me feel at home.” With those words, (more…)

The courage of women lifts us all

Berenice Celeyta VDLC-IWD 3Mar11

Barbara Wood, CoDev Executive Director, shares the second of a 3-part report on Berenice Celeyta’s (NOMADESC) 2011 visit to Canada.

Amidst roses, pakoras and historic photos of working women, Berenice came on stage at the Vancouver and District Labour Council International Women’s Day dinner on March 3rd, to share with all those gathered the stories of (more…)

Happy International Women’s Day!

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¡Feliz día de la mujer! CoDev celebrates the work of our Latin American Sisters striving for equality and justice. Twenty-six years working together for women’s rights, workers rights and human rights!  CoDev celebra el labor de nuestras hermanas en Latinoamérica luchando por la igualdad y la justicia. ¡Veintiséis años trabajando juntos para los derechos de la mujer, los derechos laborales y los derechos humanos!

Strategizing in the Cold

Barbara Wood, CoDev Executive Director, shares the first of a 3-part report on Berenice Celeyta’s (NOMADESC) 2011 visit to Canada.

The two of us turned the corner onto Rideau Street and were nearly knocked over by the wind. Colombian partner and human rights defender, Berenice Celeyta, and I were on our way to visit the office of Peter Julian, MP for Burnaby-New Westminster. Walking the three blocks at these temperatures is nothing for those that live in Ottawa but definitely rather shocking for a Colombian used to the tropical temperatures of Cali. Some cold weather doesn’t stop a Colombian human rights worker though, (more…)