Heifer International’s Hub for International Women’s Day #IWD

Non-profit Heifer International has created a hub for IWD on its website, suggesting three ways to empower women who are making changes in the developing world. Heifer suggests supporting women’s education, starting women’s groups and giving women livestock as gifts (a large part of the non-profit’s work throughout the year consists of gifting livestock).

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“To This Day” – Shane Koyczan’s #Anti-Bullying Slam #PinkShirtDay

Framed around the words of B.C. poet Shane Koyczan, who was bullied as a kid, this clip called “To This Day” delivers a powerful anti-bullying message. The format features fleeting animated sequences (produced by Vancouver’s Giant Ant studio) set against Koyczan’s prose about the lingering emotional scars suffered by those subjected to bullying and physical abuse.

Check it out…

Happy Pink Day!

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Mulgrave Upper School Celebrates Pink Toque Day this Fri Feb 22


Spearheaded by Rose G G11, this year Mulgrave’s US Pink Day on Fri Feb 22 will raise awareness about bullying and homophobia in support of Rainbow Refugee http://www.rainbowrefugee.ca/, a local Vancouver-based advocacy organisation the helps people locally and globally who are discriminated against or persecuted because of their sexual orientation, because of who they are. Mulgrrave Upper School has a special assembly and a pink toque day ready to go!

Please note: Mulgrave is celebrating Pink Day before the province-wide day on Wed Feb 27. During that week, it’s the annual US Spirit Week, this year supporting One Drop http://www.onedrop.org: all water for water, water for all 

Pink Day Assembly Mon Feb 18
On Mon Feb 18, Chris Morrissey of Rainbow Refugee will be speaking to the G7-12 assembly about Pink Day, homophobia and the advocacy work of Rainbow Refugee.

Founded in 2000, the Rainbow Refugee Committee (RRC) is a Vancouver based community group that supports and advocates with people seeking refugee protection because of persecution based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status. 


US “Pink Toque” Day!

On Fri Feb 22, Mulgrave celebrates Pink Day as “Pink Toque Day”. All Upper School students and staff are invited to dress up in cool for school pink clothes. The cost to participate is $5. Everyone gets a funky hot or neon pink toque with their entry, which you are encouraged to wear for the day!

For more information, please contact Rose G G11 gallor@mulgrave.com or speak to Mr Wilson awilson@mulgrave.com.

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A guide to ethical chocolate | Grist

This Valentine’s Day, skip the lazy drugstore candy. If you can’t afford the $9 stuff, so what? But if you really need to satisfy a known chocolate craving or chocolate lover, spend the time — and money — finding a chocolate as special as the person you are buying it for. They’ll thank you for it.

Read detail here about ‘blood chocolate’ and better choices: http://grist.org/food/a-guide-to-ethical-chocolate/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_me…

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Global Youth Assembly (GYA) 2013


You’ve been waiting for it. So have we. The John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights’ 2013 Global Youth Assembly (GYA) is coming your way this summer from August 7th to August 10th! Join hundreds of youth from across Canada and around the world to learn, discuss, reflect and collaborate. Check out our new website!

This year’s theme of Human Rights. Health. Ignite Change Now. will challenge you to think broadly about the connections between various aspects of health and human rights. While many approach the word health solely from the medical perspective, this conference will explore how the health of a community encompasses everything from political and civil rights to sports, immigration and, of course, public health.

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mtvU’s Against Our Will Campaign: The Backstory #humantrafficking


MTV’s college station, mtvU, launched a digital experience Wednesday, created to teach students about the harsh realities of human trafficking.

“The Backstory,” the video experience, is the latest component of mtvU’s Against Our Will campaign, which unites students in the growing movement to end modern-day slavery. The interactive site was inspired by four James Madison University students who won mtvU’s annual Against Our Will Challenge, which calls for students to innovate with digital tools to spread awareness for modern slavery. The Backstory puts you in the position of a victim of sex trafficking or labor trafficking victim.

After completing the experience, you’ll learn ways to get involved with the ongoing fight to end human trafficking.

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ONE Made in Africa


ONE is a grassroots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African activists and policy makers.

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Vancouver Talk on Indigenous #Rights

Public lecture. Indigenous rights are human rights: the importance of international law for land, water and the future of Indigenous peoples. An evening of dialogue with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, Union of BC Indian Chiefs Chief Doug White, Snuneymuxw First Nation, Ann Marie Sam, Nak’azdli First Nation, First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM) Paul Joffe and Jennifer Preston, co-editors Realizing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Triumph, Hope and Action. Other panelists to be confirmed. Moderator: Craig Benjamin, Campaigner for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Amnesty International. An unprecedented push to further intensify resource development in Canada. A federal legislative agenda to undermine environmental oversight. And an extraordinary grassroots resurgence of demands for recognition of the rights of Indigenous peoples.
This panel brings together experts and activists who have been deeply involved in the advancement of global recognition of the human rights of Indigenous peoples at the United Nations and the Inter-American system. They will lead a discussion of how these vital international standards can make a difference in the defense of Indigenous rights in Canada and the promotion of government accountability for environmental protection.
7 pm, Lecture hall room 112, Vancouver Community College, 250 West Pender Street. Everyone welcome, no charge for admission.
For details see http://www.facebook.com/events/390788727679523/?context=create
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Get Engaged in the jhr DR #Congo Campaign #rightsmedia

Imagine a world where reporters are only paid about 20 dollars a month. A world where sources pay journalists outright for coverage. In that world, human rights abuses rarely make headlines and human rights abusers are almost never caught.

This is the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the country with the lowest human development ranking in the world.

In November, an army of rebels took control of the eastern city of Goma. Their first action was to shut down newspapers and broadcasters that did not publish their propaganda. Goma journalists continue to work, but they operate in an atmosphere of constant fear.

JHR’s work in the Congo is critically important. Teaching journalists how to practice responsible journalism is the pillar of our programming. By training and investing in journalists, JHR ensures that the voiceless are heard and that their lives get better.

Please support Journalists for Human Rights’ work in the DRC at this critical moment. Raise awareness and get engaged at whatever level you can.

via jhr.ca

For more details, go here: http://www.jhr.ca/en/CONGO.php

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Mulgrave’s Last Great Canadian Penny Drive


It’s coming soon. Save your last lucky pennies. Get rid of all your silver coins! Get ready to compete amongst homerooms. Get ready for prizes! And support a great cause…

When? Mon Jan 28-Thurs Feb 7

Who G7-12

Why? Fun, of course. Supporting the Half the Sky Movement. Read more below



Pennies used to be a sign of luck, but soon they will just be a relic of the past. As you may be aware, the Canadian mint is set to remove the penny from circulation as of Feburary 4th.  Let’s put those last lucky pennies to good use. The Upper School Digital Good Club has decided to hold he Last Great Canadian Penny Drive from January 28  to February 7th to raise awareness and funds to support the Half the Sky Movement http://www.halftheskymovement.org/. Like the penny drives of the past at Mulgrave, homeroom groups will be in competition to collect the most pennies. Those with the most in the Middle and Senior School will get very lucky prizes. But beware. Your homeroom competitors can also put silver (toonies, loonies, quarters, etc) into a jar in your homeroom, the total of which will be deducted from your penny count.


The underlying objective of the drive is to raise awareness at the same time about the oppression of women and girls in developing countries through a screening of a section of the recent critically acclaimed PBS documentary Half the Skyhttp://www.halftheskymovement.org/. The documentary tackles the overlapping problems of girls and women related to sex trafficking, gender-based violence, maternal mortality and education.  The Half the Sky movement seeks to put an end to the oppression of women and girls worldwide through a global media project that uses video, websites, blogs, games and more to raise awareness about gender issues and to provide concrete steps to fight these problems and empower women and girls.  Many of us aren’t really informed of the gender discrimination women and girls face throughout the world. Were you aware that more girls were killed in the last 50 years than men were killed in all the wars of the 20th century?  In the words of Sheryl WuDunn, co-founder of the Half the Sky Movement, “In the same way that slavery was a moral challenge in the 19th century, and totalitarianism  was a challenge for the 20th century, the challenge that women and girls face is the moral challenge of our time”.


All pennies (and silver) will be donated to the Somaly Mam Foundation http://www.somaly.org/which is part of Half the Sky Movement. There will also be a penny box set up in the front school office for parents to make a donation. Make some change! Please donate to this worthy cause.


Hannah R. G9 rahimh@mulgrave.com

Last Great Canadian Penny Drive

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Desmond Tutu Petitions to Free Imprisoned Chinese Nobel Peace Prize Winner Dr Liu Xiaobo

The petition addressed to Chinese Leader Xi Jinping, “Release Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo and Wife Liu Xia,” has received 200,000 signatures since going live Tuesday.

“Despite the United Nations saying Dr. Liu’s imprisonment and Liu Xia’s house arrest violate international law, the government continues to close them off from the outside world.

This flagrant violation of the basic right to due process and free expression must be publicly and forcefully confronted by the international community.”

Liu, the only imprisoned Nobel winner, has been in jail since Dec. 24, 2009 and his wife, Liu Xia, has been detained in their Beijing apartment since October 2010. Liu received an 11-year prison sentence after he helped write a political manifesto calling for an end to China’s one party rule. His wife’s punishment is based solely on her marriage to Liu.

See petition here:http://www.change.org/petitions/chinese-leader-xi-jinping-release-imprisoned-nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-and-wife-liu-xia

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Going ‘Gangnam Style’ for Freedom & Human Rights

‘Our film aims to make a serious point about freedom of speech and freedom of expression. It is our hope that this gesture of support for Ai Weiwei and all prisoners of conscience will be wide-ranging and will help to emphasise how important these freedoms are to us all.’ — sponsored by Amnesty International and choreographed by Akram Khan

Join Mulgrave students from Global Week, the Human Rights Club and others concerned with social justice on Human Rights Day on Mon Dec 10 in 1039 and ‘write for rights!’

Please join us in writing a letter on human rights day — it’s a simple act that can save a life! Be part of the world’s biggest global movement taking action to demand justice, respect and protection for human rights and an end to human rights violations. Together we can make a difference. With your help we can write and send more letters than last year, save more lives, reunite more families and gain more dignity and respect for human rights globally.

For more info see: http://www.writeathon.ca/

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The dark side of hair extensions

Much of the hair on sale comes from small agents who tour villages in India, China, and eastern Europe, offering poverty-stricken women small payments to part with their hair. As one importer, based in Ukraine, told the New York Times recently: “They are not doing it for fun. Usually only people who have temporary financial difficulties in depressed regions sell their hair.” More worryingly, back in 2006, the Observer reported that in India some husbands were forcing their wives into selling their hair, slum children were being tricked into having their heads shaved in exchange for toys, and in one case a gang stole a woman’s hair, holding her down and cutting it off.

Read more here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/oct/28/hair-extension-global-trad…

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Sierra Leone Election Drive jhr (Journalists for Human Rights) | Mobilizing Media. Changing Lives.

via jhr.ca

This November Sierra Leone will hold its third national election since the end of their civil war. And while the war may be over, the risk of violence remains.
In the days leading up to, and following the vote, JHR will work with local journalists and media partners to ensure responsible and transparent coverage of the election. Given the vital role media plays in setting the tone of an election, our presence could mean the difference between a peaceful election or a return to violence.

Read more here:http://www.jhr.ca

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Navigating Borders: A Conference on Global Poverty and Migration – Eventbrite


Navigating Borders: A Conference on Migration and Global Poverty
Saturday, October 13th, 9am-4pm, UBC Robson Square

The 2012 Global Poverty and Migration Conference focuses on understanding problems related to migration and global poverty and finding viable solutions. Building on the success of last year’s Food for All conference on poverty and food security, the conference features a total of eight presentations – ten minute bursts of energy that will inspire conference participants, bring new understanding and compromise on international issues, and create new solutions. Register today, join the Facebook event and get more information on the conference and how to volunteer.


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G10-12 Red Cross Global Issues Symposium — November 2012

What is Symposium?
Symposium is an eye-opening event where youth get the opportunity to explore and gain an in-depth perspective on some of the most pressing issues facing the world today. Issues covered include refugees, armed conflict, weapons, food security, HIV/AIDS, among others. This is a unique opportunity in which youth benefit by gaining skills, resources and confidence needed to take action in their own community.

Who should attend? BC high school students (grades 10-12)

When: Friday, November 9 to Monday, November 12, 2012
Where: Timberline Ranch Camp in Maple Ridge, BC

Applications for GIS4Y 2012 are now available! Follow this link to apply! For more information, visit www.facebook.com/bcyouthsymposium

Registration Info

Deadline for applications is October 15th.
(Register fast as space is limited)
Cost to attend: $275 per participant
(all meals and accommodation included)

Contact Info:
Christina Gonzalez
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