NWAC joins Amnesty International on December 10th for Write for Rights

by ecnationtalk on December 10, 20121552 Views

The global human rights movement Amnesty International has long partnered with the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). This year, we are working together to keep public attention on missing and murdered Aboriginal women as part of Amnesty’s annual Write for Rights event which takes place on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.
This year Write for Rights will feature the NWAC petition calling for a National Public Inquiry. It will also feature a letter-writing appeal in support of our longstanding demand for a comprehensive and coordinated National Action Plan to address all the factors that put Aboriginal women at risk.
We strongly encourage all our partners and supporters to join this important action. In particular, we are calling on the organizers and participants at the 175 Sisters In Spirit Vigils that took place across this past October 4th.
There are many ways you can take part. You can go to the Write for Rights website anytime and download the petition and letter-writing appeal. Or you can organize your own event on December 10th. It can be as simple as getting together with a few friends over lunch to write letters or sign petitions. There may already be events planned in your community. If not, please consider teaming up with others to organize your own public event.
Write for Rights is meant to build critical mass around crucial human rights concerns in Canada and around the world. In addition to the petition and letter-writing appeal on violence against Indigenous women in Canada, this year’s Write for Rights event features urgent appeals for the safety and survival of Indigenous peoples in Colombia and Guatemala, as well as many other important human rights concerns around the world. The actions are all designed to be easy to do, and suitable for taking into a classroom or other setting. Amnesty International has also provided letter-writing tips and other helpful resources on its website. Already, more than 21,000 people have registered to write letters and sign petitions!
You can find the letter-writing appeal and the petition under the heading “View Cases for Letter Writing” or you can go directly to them at: http://www.writeathon.ca/?page_id=4501
Be sure to register your participation. It really helps to build momentum. Together, let’s create a cross-country event so large that the Canadian government can’t ignore it!
For more information on NWAC please visit www.nwac.ca or contact the NWAC office at 1-800-461-4043.
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For additional information please contact:
Irene Goodwin, igoodwin@nwac.ca
Director, Evidence to Action
Native Women’s Association of Canada
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Tel.: 613-722-3033, ext. 225
Toll-free:  1-800-461-4043
Fax.: 613-722-7687
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