Owen Williams – Remembering CoDev

Since our beginning 25 years ago, CoDev has grown on the strength of people coming together in solidarity and commitment to work for social justice. From teachers nurturing student’s citizenship in Central America to public sector union workers in Colombia organizing to defend human rights, our successes and those of our partners are rooted in people’s dedication to come together across distances, in pursuit of sustainable social change.  (more…)

Notes on the Canada Colombia Free Trade Agreement

In 2007 Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper opened negotiations for a free trade agreement with Colombia signalling shared values of “freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law”. Given that Colombia was the worst violator of human rights in the Americas at the time, many Canadian civil society groups including unions, human rights groups, churches and NGOs protested the decision, asking for a full, independent human rights impact assessment be implemented before the deal went ahead.  (more…)

Central American teachers tackle “machismo”

Guest Blogger: Nancy Knickerbocker, BCTF & Participant in CoDev Central America Education Delegation, April 2013

San Julian, EL SALVADOR—Using puppets they’ve made from paper bags, groups of Grade 5 students enact the daily drama of family members getting ready for their work in fields, kitchens and classrooms. Papa, Mama and children’s puppets chop wood, haul water, cook, eat breakfast, do dishes, help grandparents, pack up their school supplies and say farewell for the day.

Students made puppets to portray a typical day in family life, and then discussed whether division of labour within families was democratic and gender-equitable or not.


Teaching for Change

Guest Blogger: Nicki Benson, CoDev Board Member

“But teacher, how do I tell my father to help clear the dishes? If I say that, he will slap me!” These are the kinds of questions that María Eugenia Morelos de Aria gets from her students in rural El Salvador as she puts her non-sexist and inclusive pedagogy (NSP) training into practice.

Rios Montt Trial Annulled

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Yesterday’s annulment or suspension of the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt and his chief of intelligence, General Rodriguez Sanchez, is a setback to the process of bringing to justice those people responsible for the more than 200,000 people who were killed or disappeared during the Guatemalan civil war from 1960 to 1996. The trial, which was due to wrap up soon, has heard the testimony of more than 100 people who were victims and witnesses to the abuses that involved 1,771 Maya indigenous women, men and children (more…)