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Jim Hutchings and Gord Barnes talk with Ritva Gahimbare about the problems in Burundi. Ritva came to Canada as a refugee from Burundi and has kept in touch with the situation there.   We talked about Burundi’s past, what is happening now, and what may happen in the future.

Jim Hutchings and Gord Barnes talk with special guest, Peter Tah, who is from Cameroon and has reported from there as a freelance journalist for the BBC World Service. We find out some of the history of Cameroon and some of the difficulties the people face from both the government and secessionists.

March 8th is International Women's Day and Crystal Giesbrecht, assisted by Jim Hutchings, got together with three Amnesty members from central and Eastern African countries to talk about the state of women's rights in those countries and in our own. Joining us were Ritva Gahimbare, Manal Allajabu, and Tolulade Otayemi.

Today Gord Barnes and Jim Hutchings have an interesting conversation with Manal Allajabu and five Sudanese students, Mohanned Mohamedali, Ishag Alawad, Jalal Adam Almerdi, Rajaa Musa Daldum, and Umniya Hassan who tell us about how the 30 year old regime ruling Sudan is starting to face opposition from the people after many years of repression. 

President and Vice Chancellor of the University of Regina commenting on why the theme of Amnesty Saskatchewan's provincial conference is important to her as she welcomes participants to "Defending Gender Rights and Equality".

At 2018 Amnesty International Saskatchewan Provincial Conference, Zarqa Nawaz moderated discussion on Defending Gender Rights and Equality with panel members:  Amber Fletcher, Jett Brewer, Jacqueline Anaquod, Patience Umereweneza, and Jackie Hansen.

Amnesty International Saskatchewan Provincial Conference 2018 panel discussion on need for a national action plan on Violence Against Women.

Brenda Anderson moderated.  Panel members were Jackie Hansen, Crystal Giesbrecht, Darlene Okemaysim-Sicotte, and Lori Johb.

Jackie Hansen, presenting at Amnesty Saskatchewan Provincial Conference.
Jackie Hansen is Amnesty International Canada’s Gender Rights Campaigner based in Ottawa. She covers women’s rights, LGBTI rights, and gender equality campaigning for Amnesty International Canada. Her work is currently focused on ensuring the rights of women and LGBTI rights defenders are respected, protected and fulfilled; addressing the human rights impacts of energy development in Canada on women, transgender, and non-binary individuals; addressing violence against Indigenous women, girls, and two-spirit people; and more broadly, ending gender-based violence in Canada. Her previous work has focused on transgender rights in Canada, ending torture, and promoting sexual and reproductive rights. Her activism began by founding an Amnesty International student group at her junior high school. After finishing her studies she spent a year interning with the Canadian Red Cross, followed by over a decade campaigning to eliminate victim-activated weapons through work with the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate International Campaign to Ban Landmines and its research and monitoring initiative Landmine and Cluster Munition Monitor. In 2013 she came back to Amnesty International Canada in a staff role.

Today Gord Barnes and Jim Hutchings spoke with Ponziano Aluma of the Uganda Canadian Association of Saskatchewan (UCAS) and Gwen Friedrich of "The Caring Place" about "Journey to Success", a Gala being held on October 29 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of both organizations.   Gwen and Ponziano talk about what their respective organizations do and how they have helped over the past 25 years.

Today Human Rights Radio spoke with Marion Tudor and Gail Greenberg of Grandmothers to Grandmothers, an organization dedicated to helping grandmothers in Africa as they struggle to raise grandchildren who have lost their parents to the scourge of AIDS on that continent.  They talk about their scrabble fundraiser which raises money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, a charitable organization that focuses on the wellbeing of those grandmothers and the children who are growing up without their parents.

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