Highlights 2014: Inter Pares' year in review

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A year in review: Inter Pares made great strides in 2014Credit: Jean Symes

Globally, Inter Pares works with organizations engaged in building a more equitable world. Here are some highlights of what we’ve accomplished together in 2014.

Read more about the counterparts we profile in this year’s highlights.

Africa

  • Agency for Cooperation in Research and Development (ACORD) brought together 4,600 Africans from rural areas for debate and discussion in village halls in thirteen African countries to include their voices in the new United Nations framework for global development. ACORD believes that African citizens – often marginalized from participating in international policies that affect them – are the best equipped to identify the changes needed to improve their futures. 
  • Inter Pares brought 8 West African farmers to India to participate in a learning exchange with the Deccan Development Society (DDS). There, they learned about DDS’ three decades of work with women farmers who, by working together, have turned a region often characterized by hunger and poverty into one that has become a model of self-sufficiency and food security.
  • The Sudanese Organization for Research and Development established 3 legal clinics in Khartoum to serve women who have experienced violence and to challenge repressive national laws. Women in Sudan are subject to multiple discriminatory laws and policies that negatively impact their lives.

Latin America

  • 480 women survivors of domestic violence received legal advice and psychological counselling by Colectiva Feminista at its two women’s centres in El Salvador. In collaboration with the government, the Colectiva ensured that the women were made aware of their rights as stipulated by the special law to end violence against women that the Colectiva helped develop.
  • 60 people strategized on effective ways to safeguard the rights of migrant workers during the second Mesoamerican forum on temporary migrant labour held in Guatemala in November. The forum, co-organized by Project Counselling Service, brought together migrant workers and activists as well as government and United Nations officials.
  • 300 Peruvian youth received support from the Centro Loyola in developing public policy proposals addressing the needs of youth from Ayacucho, one of the regions most affected during Peru’s armed conflict. The proposals were presented to candidates running for the October municipal and regional elections.

Canada

  • Over 400 activists from across Canada gathered in Halifax in November to attend Food Secure Canada’s biannual assembly Waves of Change. Featuring over 50 workshops, it was a key moment for learning, building common strategies and actions, with one goal in mind: transforming our food system into one that is fair, accessible and sustainable.
  • Over 100 organizations across the country – including Inter Pares – have joined the Up for Debate campaign which calls for a nationally televised, all-party leadership debate on women’s issues in the 2015 Canadian elections. Canadians need to know all parties’ positions on issues such as violence against women, economic inequality between men and women, and support for women’s leadership.
  • Over 95,000 Canadians joined Inter Pares and the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability in demanding the establishment of an Ombudsman and legislated access to Canadian courts for people who have been harmed by Canadian mining operations overseas. Together, we call for Canada to be Open for Justice.

Asia

  • Over 560,000 people from Burma had access to healthcare provided by community-based local health service providers, such as the Back Pack Health Worker Team and mobile medical teams in six of the seven ethnic states.
  • In Bangladesh, the landless groups of Nijera Kori recovered 60 acres of land from illegal shrimp farming using legal means and large-scale protests. It provided 102 landless families with land and secure livelihoods.
  • In August, 4 of the 10 Burmese gold mines operating in Tachileik, in eastern Burma, were ordered by the Shan State government to close, compensate farmers and restore destroyed streams and fields. This came after Shan Farmers’ Network research showed that the extractive companies were drying out water supplies and releasing untreated cyanide.

Inter Pares

  • One mission: globalize equality
  • More than 120 groups and organizations around the world to which we provide long-term support and accompaniment.
  • 92% of the total expenses are spent on the implementation, management and monitoring of programs in Canada and around the world.
  • 13 co-managers who share equal responsibility and equal salary in a non-hierarchical and feminist organizational structure.
  • 7,000 donors from all across Canada.

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  • ALLAN GROSE
    I commend all of you for the good things you are doing! Thanks for helping to put some of our resources to work in the struggle for justice and dignity for all.
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