As recently noted in the Toronto Star, Government of Canada funding for the Afghan-Canadian Community Center (ACCC) is set to end on February 28th, 2011. Without renewed funding, the ACCC will need to take urgent steps to cut costs: we will need to lay off teachers and close classes, closing the door on higher education for many brave Afghan women.
A cut-back of the ACCC would be a huge loss to the women of Kandahar, the nation of Afghanistan and the Canadian taxpayer. Dollar for dollar, the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA’s) investment in the ACCC has been one of the most effective development projects in Kandahar province. As a result of Government of Canada support, the ACCC has more than 2,000 students and graduates and more than 4,000 total beneficiaries.
With a further investment of $650,000 and a new facility, we can bring the ACCC to the point where it will not need further government support. This is a small price to pay to ensure a lasting legacy for sacrifices made by Canadians in Kandahar.
To help, please write your Member of Parliament (MP) and express your support for the Afghan-Canadian Community Center.
Click here to send a letter to your MP.
This March, Oxfam Canada is celebrating inspiring women who achieve against the odds.
Women like Dr. Bogalech Gebre, who helps other Ethiopian women access health care, avoid female genital mutilation, and protect their daughters from bride abduction.
Or Jeannette Urquilla, whose organization helped lead the campaign to push for a law against femicide in El Salvador.
Or Rosaline Presence, who helps monitor and change the abysmal living conditions that have become the standard for far too many female farm workers in her country.
Let’s make sure that this celebration of a century of women’s achievement doesn’t pass unobserved. We want you to help us mark 100 years of International Women’s Day by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
Some suggested themes:
A woman who inspires you;
Your wish for women living in developing countries;
Your wish for your daughter, niece, sister, granddaughter, etc.;
The moment at which you became interested in women’s rights;
What we might celebrate on International Women’s Day in the next 100 years.
Click here to send your International Women’s Day letter to the editor.