News - International

January 23, 2015
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation released its 2015 Gates Annual Letter this week. The letter, titled “Our Big Bet for the Future,” makes a bold prediction: “The lives of people in poor...
Keywords: Health, Human Rights, Media, Poverty Research, International
January 19, 2015
Oxfam International has just released a report which forecasts that the richest 1% of the global population will own more than half the world’s wealth by next year. Oxfam’s executive director is...
Keywords: Media, Poverty Research, International
January 13, 2015
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has just released a report that investigates Canada’s response to missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia. The IACHR report...
Keywords: Government Policy, Human Rights, Indigenous, Violence, Women, British Columbia, All of Canada, International
May 9, 2014
The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has just announced that Canada Without Poverty’s (CWP) Executive Director, Leilani Farha, has been appointed UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing....
Keywords: Housing, Human Rights, All of Canada, International
March 31, 2014
Although a notorious recipient of "corporate welfare," Walmart has now admitted that their massive profits also depend on the funding of food stamps and other public assistance programs. In their...
Keywords: Workers' Rights, International
March 7, 2014
There are several important articles and websites PovNet would like to share with you on International Women's Day. The first is the "He to She" campaign, a UN Women Campaign that asks men to raise...
Keywords: Women, All of Canada, International
February 17, 2014
The United Nations’ top advocate for Aboriginal rights, who is to issue a report later this year critical of Canada’s record on First Nations issues, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. If...
Keywords: Indigenous, All of Canada, International
August 19, 2013
"Our enemy is not radical Islam. It is global capitalism. It is a world where the wretched of the earth are forced to bow before the dictates of the marketplace, where children go hungry as global...
Keywords: Government Policy, Human Rights, Unemployment, Violence, International
August 13, 2012
As the 2012 Olympic Games come to a close this weekend in London, we have put together a list of undereported stories of resistance to Olympic related displacement and development.
Keywords: Art and Culture, Organizing, International
March 27, 2012
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) will appear today before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in...
Keywords: Indigenous, Violence, Women, British Columbia, International
March 9, 2012
The Vancouver Poverty Olympics is in Glasgow to hand over the Poverty Olympics Torch. Glasgow is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is facing massive cuts in local services, increasing...
Keywords: Organizing, International
October 17, 2011
Since 1993, today has been recognized by the United Nations, and its members around the world, as International day for the eradication of poverty 2011. Today, October 17, 2011, the United Nations...
Keywords: Government Policy, Homelessness, Housing, Human Rights, Unemployment, Welfare, Women, Workers' Rights, International
October 7, 2011
Each played an important role in recent political conflicts of very different natures, but all three winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 have campaigned for greater equality for women, and...
Keywords: Government Policy, Human Rights, Women, International
September 19, 2011
Nick Smith, a BC public school teacher, wrote in The Tyee last week about the utility of open source software, and the special advantages it has for teaching courses online. Smith is an affiliate of...
Keywords: Education, Technology, British Columbia, International
September 8, 2011
Recently, Mark Horvath, the blogger/filmmaker behind invisiblepeople.tv, visited Toronto to document the lives of its homeless residents. Mark usually resides in Los Angeles, but he left California...
Keywords: Homelessness, Housing, Tenants' Rights, Ontario, All of Canada, International
September 7, 2011
A collection of essays telling the story of ACORN's organizing efforts around the world, "Global Grassroots" is edited by ACORN co-founder Wade Rathke. Campaigns on issues such as payday lending and...
Keywords: Organizing, International
August 24, 2011
An August 23rd Editorial in the New York Times investigates how economic inequalities affect access to justice. While the piece targets the situation in the United States, it's conclusions are just...
Keywords: Human Rights, Legal Aid, International
August 15, 2011
According to Warren Buffett, he and his mega-rich friends are not paying enough taxes. He's asking the US Congress to increase taxes for the wealthy to pay for gaps in the budget. His recent comments...
Keywords: Government Policy, Organizing, All of Canada, International
November 17, 2010
Sharon McIvor will file a complaint against Canada at the United Nations. She says, "Canada continues to discriminate against Aboriginal women and their descendants in the determination of...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, Women, All of Canada, International
November 15, 2010
For the past four years, the federal government has refused to endorse the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, claiming that Canada could not support resource rights, the right to...
Keywords: Human Rights, Indigenous, All of Canada, International