CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY BY FIGHTING FOR RIGHTS AND EQUALITY.
March 8th marks International Women’s Day. But at Horizons we are reminded by our partners in Central America and Mexico that women’s rights should be respected every day. That’s why one of our key program priorities is tackling all forms of violence against women in the region.
Our work to fight for the rights of female domestic workers like Reina in El Salvador is just one of the ways we are making a difference with your support.
Reina is just one of thousands of women in El Salvador being forced to work up to seven days a week, at all hours, for as little as $60 a month. Working in private households as maids, cooks, and nannies, domestic workers often have little protection under the law. They are vulnerable to the abuse of their employer.
In partnership with the Melida Anaya Montes Women’s Movement (MAM), Horizons is supporting women like Reina to fight for change.
Today, Reina is an active member of a new Union of Paid Household Workers in El Salvador. She has access to the training she needs to develop her skills as a working professional, so she can earn more. Through participation in public marches and demonstrations, she has the opportunity to demand her rights to things like a regulated work day, time off, and freedom from sexual harassment.
This is all thanks to the support of generous donors like you. You make it happen.
Partner: The Association of Indigenous Women of the Atlantic (AMICA)
Location:North Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua
Project Title:Promotion of Indigenous women's rights to prevent and address violence against women in Miskitu Indigenous communities.
Project Duration: March 2012 to February 2014 (Completed project)
Project Description: The project aimed to build capacity in local communities amongst both men and women to prevent inter-family, sexual and gender-based violence. The project had three major components: training young women on how to access to justice and legal services, working directly in the communities to support women who have experienced violence, and supporting community leaders and traditional Miskitu authorities in the application of the law and advocating within the official justice system.
Spring and early-summer is an exciting and busy time at the Horizons of Friendship (Horizons) office, especially with the arrival of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers in the Northumberland community. Since 2002, Horizons has been working with the Seasonal Agricultural Workers within Northumberland County.
In 2008, Horizons teamed up with the New Canadians Centre (NCC) in order to tackle issues facing the workers. Some of the key issues that the workers face are culture shock (transitioning from their home country to Canada), lack of financial and material resources upon arrival to Canada, isolation and lack of social life, and general unawareness of how to access a variety of goods and services available within the community. Together as a team, Horizons and the NCC have implemented a variety of programs and services that address some of the issues the workers face.
In Memory of Farley Mowat
Horizons remembers and honours the life of renowned writer, storyteller and friend Farley Mowat; one of Canada's most successful and internationally celebrated authors, a passionate environmentalist, and a long time supporter of Horizons of Friendship. Farley and his wife Claire are two of our Writers & Friends event originals.
Farley Mowat was the bestselling author of 44 books, including Never Cry Wolf, Owls in the Family, and Bay of Spirits. Nearly 20 million copies of his books have been sold in more than 25 countries. His recent book Eastern Passage has been referred to as “the last piece of the Mowat puzzle.” Farley, you will be forever remembered and missed. Thank-you for your compassion and for your words.
Our February Appeal showcase our work on women’s labour rights and violence against women.
We are firm believers that change starts at home in our communities. That is why we have developed a full program here in Canada to connect and engage citizens in topics that matter. This includes programs to welcome newcomers to the local area, education events on global justice topics, travel & learning exchanges, and an annual award to recognize volunteers. We invite you to join us!