Human Rights Coordinator at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM)
Amy Awad is the Human Rights Coordinator at the National Council of Canadian Muslims (NCCM). She is responsible for the organizations public human rights advocacy and overseeing individual assistance provided to constituents. She holds bachelor degrees in law and software engineering, a master degree in law, and was the recipient of the Governor General’s academic medals. She articled with Justices Major and Rothstein at the Supreme Court of Canada and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. Amy is also a community volunteer and activist. Her previous experience relates primarily to strategic management and advocacy.
Along with the widely-publicized sentencing of a Canadian journalist in Egypt, several other Canadians are currently being held abroad under dubious circumstances and critics say the Canadian government has repeatedly let them down. "Over the past decade a growing number of Canadian citizens and permanent residents have experienced serious human rights violations in other countries, while imprisoned by governments or held by armed groups," says Amnesty International on its website.
There are thoughtful and effective ways to look at all the facets of violence against women and it can certainly be done without promoting bigotry. For example, in March, the Ottawa Police, the Ottawa Rape Crisis, and Algonquin College partnered to put on a full day event on violence in the name of honour.
04/10/2014 05:20 EDT
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