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The Centre for Gender Advocacy (CGA) works in solidarity with women and gender minorities both at home and abroad. We recognize that the theft of land and resources from the poor by those who hold wealth and power disproportionately affects women and gender minorities, and we call for a systemic change that doesn’t stop at the attainment of power for some women and minorities, but that strives for equality of power and human rights for all.
The CGA supports the work of oppressed peoples in their struggle for freedom and self-determination.
The wealth of the world’s super powers has been built on the theft of land and resources of indigenous populations in every corner of the world. We call on governments to respect the rights of indigenous peoples to freedom and self-determination.
From the shameful history of the Residential School System, to the ongoing theft of aboriginal lands for tar sands and other resource extraction, Canada has been a model to other oppressive regimes the world over who use racist reasoning to justify the displacement of indigenous populations in order to facilitate mining operations. Gendered and racialized violence against Indigenous women in Canada is a historical and ongoing problem of epidemic proportions. Canada’s Indian Act, often termed one of the most racist and sexist pieces of legislation in the world, along with the residential school legacy, have both contributed significantly toward cultivating a society in which Indigenous women today are at least five times more likely than other women living in Canada to die as the result of violence.
Canadian mining companies extract more minerals around the globe than any other country, and this is accomplished at great human and environmental cost. In many impoverished jurisdictions, the power and money wielded by mining companies have superseded the rule of law and human rights.
The CGA rejects the all too common assertion that imperialist invasions are undertaken for the sake of helping women, protecting queers, or building democracy.
As Afghan MP, Malalai Joya has said, “The aim of the war was never to create democracy and justice nor to uproot the terrorist groups. The war’s only purpose has been to perpetuate the occupation, install military bases and safeguard the takeover of a region that has substantial natural resources.”
While Israel uses its relative (but far from complete) acceptance of queers to reinforce its position as the “Middle East’s only democracy,” the CGA rejects this pinkwashing of the occupation of Palestine. Queers do indeed face discrimination and hate crimes in Palestine (as they do in other parts of the world including here in Canada), and there are many on the ground who are fighting these injustices in Palestine and building support for a more open and inclusive society. The occupation of Palestine by the state of Israel does not help the plight of LGBTQ people.
The CGA participates in Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW), a week of lectures, workshops, film screenings, and cultural events designed to educate the public about Israel/Palestine and to build support for the campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the apartheid policies of the Israeli government.
For the full schedule, visit www.iawmontreal.org
Stay tuned for our International Solidarity Lecture Series!