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An Intern’s Perspective on CoDev

Guest Blogger: Kim Kildare, CoDev Intern

I am an anthropology student at SFU, so when I took a class about social justice that required me to volunteer at a placement for a few months, CoDev was my first choice to volunteer with. Women’s rights and labour rights have always been important to me since my first job at 17 where I feel my labour was exploited.

One of the first values I was told about at CoDev was that it was an organization that focused on working with partners.  (more…)

Standing Up for Labour Rights in Medellin, Colombia

The Frontlines delegation spent a day and a half in Medellin, Colombia – most of it in the company of FENALTRASE – Antioquia, the provincial branch of the national federation of state workers. We have been working together with FENALTRASE Antioquia for several years and three years ago began to (more…)

Three Days in Cali

CoDev Executive Director, Barbara Wood, is travelling as one of the coordinators of the 2013 delegation of the Frontlines Initiative – a joint project of four Canadian public sector unions working together in solidarity with Colombia since 2004 – and shares some reflections from three days in Cali. (more…)

Non-Sexist Pedagogy – What does it mean?

Guest Blogger: Jenny Sung, CoDev Intern

When I first heard the words “non-sexist pedagogy”, I assumed that I knew what it meant based on the definitions of each word. On Dictionary.com, sexism is defined as “attitudes or behaviours based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles” and “discrimination based on person’s sex, restrict opportunities”. Pedagogy is defined as
“function or work of a teachers, teaching” and “art or science of teaching education; instructional methods”. By combining these definitions I created a definition of non-sexist pedagogy (more…)

In Memory: Ken Davidson

Brother Ken Davidson passed away today on February 14. Fittingly on the day that symbolizes love as Ken was someone who expressed his love of humanity through his tireless activism, fighting for the rights of workers here and around the world. Ken twice participated in CoDev delegations – to Cuba and to Colombia – where he deepened his understanding of solidarity and made friends with people through his empathy and his laugh! Our world is truly a better place today thanks to the efforts of Brother Ken. (more…)