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Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays, Social Justice

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

I learned this morning from Marie of MAG's Blog that today is when the United Nations observes the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Certain types of gender-based violence have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the UN has referred to this as the "shadow pandemic". Gender-based violence can take multiple forms,… Continue reading International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women 2020

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Social Justice

Slavery Isn’t Over – The Horror of Human Trafficking

United Nations Just because slavery is no longer legal doesn't mean it isn't happening. Human trafficking isn't an issue that gets a lot of public attention, but if you look, what you can find is scary. What human trafficking is There are thee fundamentals elements of human trafficking: Actions: This includes recruiting, transporting, or harbouring… Continue reading Slavery Isn’t Over – The Horror of Human Trafficking

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Awareness Days, Seasonal, & Holidays, Social Justice

It’s World Toilet Day – and Yes, That’s a Thing

UN-Water I love a good toilet joke, but this actually isn't one.  World Toilet Day is an initiative of UN-Water, the United Nations agency that deals with sanitation.  This year's theme is leaving no one behind, which speaks to the 4.2 billion people worldwide who don't have access to safe sanitation. The numbers are astonishing.  Open… Continue reading It’s World Toilet Day – and Yes, That’s a Thing

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Mental Health, Social Justice

Human Rights and Mental Illness

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations in 1948.  I thought it might be interesting to take a look at some of its articles from the perspective of someone with mental illness, and throw in some assorted other observations as well. Text in italic font is the actual… Continue reading Human Rights and Mental Illness

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Social Justice

Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination

Canadian Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health Employers aren't supposed to discriminate against people with mental illness.  In fact, it's often against the law.  Yet employment discrimination happens, so what do we do about it when it does? Canadian human rights legislation In Canada, provincial human rights legislation requires equal rights and opportunities for… Continue reading Mental Illness and Employment Discrimination

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Social Justice, Stigma

NIMBYism and Mental Health Housing

NIMBYism is a fascinating phenomenon.  NIMBYs, who think that something is okay as long as it's Not In My BackYard, cover discrimination with a thin veneer of civility and acceptability.  Among the many manifestations of this is with regards to social housing, including supported housing for people with mental illness. The NIMBY arguments NIMBYs' arguments… Continue reading NIMBYism and Mental Health Housing