Women’s rights are such a large, complex, interpretive and convoluted topic of discussion, yet one that is frequently debated and rigorously defined. As the world consists of 50% women, it is no surprise that rights that effect women’s movement, dress, education, and economic work and activity are a hot topic for discussion and debate. To be a woman is to be engaged in some sort of dialogue with women’s rights, as you either conduct yourself in a way that supports the confines of what rights you are contextually afforded, or defy and challenge their limitations.
As a woman that has come from a position and ability that is privileged, I do not feel able or comfortable speaking on behalf of women that come from different experiences than my own. Since I still feel unable to speak to the issue with any sense of experience or authority, I will be interviewing an academic and activist on the matter in the weeks to come.
In this podcast, I speak to Agnes Matienzo about her role in policy advocacy at Migrant Forum in Asia.
For my December blog post, I am sharing an example of the work I have been engaged with at MFA. I have attached an organizational statement that I wrote for International Migrants Day (18 December). It was a particularly important day this year, as it marked the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of all Migrant Workers and their Members of their Families, which was adopted in 1990 (and which, incidentally, Canada has not signed or ratified).
In this podcast, I interview my colleague Myleen who is Ifugao. The Ifugaos are an indigenous group from Northern Luzon. In this short interview, Myleen talks about Ifugaos’ traditions and beliefs, the preservation of Indigenous knowledge and culture in her community and some of the current issues faced by indigenous people in the Philippines.