UNICEF #IMAGINE – North America

images (22)#IMAGINE is a UNICEF initiative uniting millions of people to raise awareness and funds for children’s rights globally.

In collaboration with David Guetta and Yoko Ono, we are bringing the world together to create the largest sing-along ever.

Lend your voice and be a part of history. Download the free TouchCast app, sing your version of Imagine with John Lennon and share with friends. Your voice will be part of a new David Guetta ‘world version’ of Imagine for UNICEF, to be released in time for New Year’s Eve 2014.

Every child counts. #EVERYVOICECOUNTS


1467199_731941910228365_4613895733363977858_n“I call for a renewed commitment to collective action,” encourages Ban Ki-moon on this International Human Solidarity Day celebrated worldwide today. “Let us act together as one to end poverty, achieve shared prosperity and peace, protect the planet and foster a life of dignity for all.”

What does solidarity mean to you? Take a look on our site here to find out how you can show solidarity! http://bit.ly/2014solidarityday



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Bullying Not Allowed in Alberta Schools – Including Bullying Based on Sexual Orientation

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Alberta’s School Act requires school boards to ensure that students enrolled in their schools are provided with a safe and caring environment that fosters and maintains respectful and responsible behaviours.


???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????The Alberta Legislature is concerned with bullying in schools, as evidenced by its recent discussion of Bill 202, Safe and Inclusive Schools Statutes Amendment Act, 2014, and Bill 10, An Act to Amend the Alberta Bill of Rights to Protect our Children. It again is timely to highlight the court’s involvement and the important role school boards have with respect to eliminating bullying in the school environment.

Although Bills 202 and 10 are not currently law, the common law in relation to bullying has developed such that there is a legal obligation on school boards to protect students from bullying. The high profile 2005 British Columbia Court of Appeal case School District No. 44 (North Vancouver) v. Jubran is an unfortunate example of homophobic bullying and the failure of the school to address homophobic insults and harassment.

The B.C. Human Rights’ Tribunal ruled in favour of Azmi Jubran’s human rights complaint of homophobic bullying at school. Jurban, who did not self-identify as gay, had suffered five years of homophobic insults and harassment by other students. Based on the extensive evidence provided to the Tribunal, it found Jubran had been subjected to harassment on a prohibited ground of discrimination and sexual orientation. The North Vancouver School Board was held to have been responsible for the discrimination because it failed to provide an educational environment free from discriminatory harassment. Put another way, it had not done enough to stop the harassment.

Another case reported that a parent was suing an Ottawa school board because her daughter suffered depression and anxiety allegedly as a result of repeated bullying and harassment. She was seeking over $300,000 in damages arising from the school board’s failure to protect her daughter from these events. A settlement was reached. In October, 2010, Law Times reported that four families were suing a school board in southwestern Ontario because their children were allegedly being harassed. They were seeking $35 million in damages.

School Board Duties
School boards owe duty of care to the students under their care and supervision. The law of negligence requires individuals and school boards to take reasonable steps to counter foreseeable risks of injury to those to whom a duty of care is owed. The standard of school boards to its students has been determined by the Court is that of a “reasonable and prudent parent.”

09_LOVE_fixAlberta school boards are also responsible for ensuring that their services do not discriminate against students based on any of the protected grounds in Alberta’s Human Rights Act, and for providing a discrimination-free educational environment. School boards may take the following steps to provide a safe and caring school environment, including providing an environment which is free from homophobic conduct:

  • Promote a climate of understanding and mutual respect so that all students are treated equally with dignity and respect;
  • Identify inappropriate student conduct, including scenarios where students are not treated with dignity and respect, and address these cases in a timely fashion;
  • Continue to educate students about the importance of maintaining a non-discriminatory, tolerant, and respectful school environment; and
  • Continue to educate teachers about available tools to educate their students on respectful behaviours, including:
  • Teach students about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and equality rights;
  • Teach students about the importance of tolerance including sexual orientation and gender expression;
  • Promote and talk about the schools’ codes of conduct;
  • Work with students to understand that discriminatory homophobic is not tolerated in schools; and
  • Invite outside speakers to talk to students and teachers about homophobia and other discriminatory behaviours.

images (27)If you are responsible for dealing with bullying or cyberbullying, we recommend you read Nova Scotia’s Task Force Report on Bullying and Cyberbulling: Respectful and Responsible Relationships: There’s No App for That, by Wayne MacKay,CM, QB, Chair Nova Scotia Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying.


By Teresa Haykowsky and David Risling


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Turning the Page: Keeping gay and trans children alive

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What if you learned that your child is gay or trans? Would you support him or her? Would you still love that person?

I bet many people in Western countries would say, yes, of course they would still love and support their children.

And I imagine that many religious people — say, Catholics and Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example — would still love their children even though their religions do not accept gay and trans people. Surely they wouldn’t want to see their child commit suicide because their churches didn’t approve.

But I wonder how many people have had the talk with their kids about this subject.

Probably not that many. I suspect it is one of those “we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” subjects.

If it is, you might want to reconsider your timing after you hear about how one religious family in England lost their 14-year-old daughter to suicide because she was afraid her…

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The Great American NO BULL Challenge

Bullying Prevention:

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FIGHTING BACK: Anti-Bullying Video Goes Viral
nobullCLARK COUNTY — Fighting back against bullying. A Clark County teen is taking a stand and getting national attention, through an online video describing how he was bullied for six long years. Hunter Reynolds is a freshman at Northeastern High School. After school, he works the concession stand at sporting events. But he wasn’t always comfortable standing shoulder to shoulder with his classmates. “I’ve been bullied. Been called gay or a fag. A whole bunch of harsh words. I’ve been shoved in my locker before,” he said.
For six long years, hunter was bullied, in school, online, and via text. At one point he even attempted suicide.
“Sometimes I feel like it would be easier for me to go away,” he said. “It used to be where it would happen at school and you would get home and it’s a relief. But now there’s…

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New bullying website launched

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6328791100030976A NEW website designed to support and offer assistance to people who suffer bullying in employment has been established.

The site has been set up by Highlands and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant, and has been named Tobie (Tackling Oppressive Behaviour in Employment). It can be found at www.tobie.org.uk

Ms Grant said: “It is a sad reflection on society in the 21st century when bullying is rife within the work place as well as at schools, colleges and in other forms of life.


The individual who suffers at the hands of bullies is scarred for a very long time if not for life.


NV1053” Such behaviour causes mental health issues to the innocent sufferer who is subject to bouts of anxiety, depression, stress, associated illnesses and ultimately absence from work.”

Alisa McDowell, a spokeswoman for the Moray branch of the Unison union, added: “Employees have a right to expect to be treated with dignity and respect in the workplace.

“For those who suffer it, bullying is a humiliating and distressing experience. It is the role of a trade union to ensure that the risks of bullying at work are minimised and, where it does occur, it is dealt with promptly and appropriately.”


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CEOs: Can We Talk?

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Dear CEO,

There’s good news and bad news. First the bad news. The problem of workplace bullying in the world is epidemic and possibly costing your company a lot of money. The good news is that a conversation has begun and the silence is breaking ever so slowly. The trauma from bullying is lasting for years and taking a big human toll. The time is now to break the cycle.

In my training with groups of Executive and Personal Assistants, I ask two questions;
clipart-angry-smiley-emoticon-512x512-d1ea1. How many of you feel managed? (Result: Very few hands raise.)

2. How many of you have experienced or witnessed workplace bullying? (Result: Typically 75-90% raise their hands.)

These two questions and their answers are connected.

Assistants report that CEO’s, leaders and managers are “clueless” and “oblivious” to what is happening in the company, specifically about workplace bullying. Many are actively looking for their next job because they are feeling disrespected, unappreciated, and in the most extreme cases (but very common) bullied by their manager or co-worker(s).

Here are some of the main ideas that staffers are thinking, saying, and acting upon.

Human Resources departments are not for them. They feel that HR is not in support of the employee neither in the form of professional development training nor advocacy. Frankly, staffers report avoiding HR and taking their problems elsewhere or worse, suffer in silence and solitude while they work to just get through the day. Further, staffers say that leaders look the other way to problems, offer lip service and offer no solutions. And the managers themselves may be the bullies. The most surprising thing to me is that it is possible that you as CEO don’t know the full breadth and scope of the issues in your own company. Of course, that would explain the popularity of the CBS Show “Undercover Boss.” The thing that staffers want is for the boss to know what’s really going on and when he/she does, that there will be increased respect and acknowledgement.

I ask my students two more questions.
1. How can a leader solve a problem if she/he doesn’t know it exists?

2. If you are being paid a salary, isn’t it an obligation and a responsibility of the job to speak to the problems you see?

My belief is that you, as CEO, want to know what is happening and that you deserve to know. And that once you know, that you will care to take action. Currently in the United States there are zero laws against workplace bullying so it is up to individual companies to make policies that help to build a company culture of respect.

I see and hear the disconnect between assistants and leaders. Fear is rampant among both groups.


images (14)My mantra has become “Speak Truth to Power” because the trauma of workplace bullying is leaving a wake of damaged people and poisoned companies.


To empower your staff by putting policies in place to end workplace bullying will improve your company on every level, including profits. Don’t waste one more minute.

Huff Post Business by Bonnie Low-Kramen, author, “Be the Ultimate Assistant, A celebrity assistant’s secrets to working with any high-powered employer.”


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Kinden v. le Centre De Pieces Recyclees De L’ Outaouais

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Stay tuned for the latest development in this and Kinden v. Royal Bank of Canada

The court gives a defendant 20 days to file a defence, on Oct 20, 2014 I filed my claim, on Dec 3, 2014 we filed for default Judgement because the defendant did not file a defence, only to receive the defendants defence late on Dec 12, 2014, DID the local small claims court hold back the defence submission or DID the court staff accepted a defence outside the court rules? you decide because it’s not just the ability to make a statement but it’s also the ability to supply evidence to support that claim.

I have also obtained Part-Time employment since Oct 23, 2014 and I will only say that going to work is the hardest and most difficult task that I will ever undertake, which I don’t expect to ever change no matter good things appear, a defence mechanism you can’t turn off.


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Teens’ bullying film brings home award

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Verdon College pupils Liam van Eeden, left, and Jean-Martin Fabre, both 16 show off their award.

Verdon College pupils Liam van Eeden, left, and Jean-Martin Fabre, both 16 show off their award.


Photo credit: ROBYN EDIE/ FAIRFAX NZ


Verdon College students took out the Like Minds Like Mine Health Promotion Agency award at the The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge for people aged 24 and under.

Facebook ImagesLiam van Eeden and Jean-Martin Fabre, both 16, won the award with their film Rewind, which looked into the butterfly effect of bullying in peoples lives.

Liam said winning the award encouraged them to continue their passion with filming.

The teens also made it into the final 20 last year, winning the Tearaway Secondary School award for their short film on the endangered New Zealand sea lion.

Jean-Martin said they were shocked to have made it into the top 20 again this year.

“To get here two years in a row was amazing,” he said.

We have already started thinking of new ideas for next year, Liam said.



JOANNA GRIFFITHS – The Southland Times


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This Christmas, help us defend freedom

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Eliasson accused those who do not embrace the LGBT revolution of “petty bigotry.” “Family comes in all shapes and sizes. Ultimately family is about belonging,”



LifeSiteNews is the #1 free online news source that offers investigative reporting on the issues that matter the most: life, family, faith, and culture.

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With millions of people visiting our site each month, it would only take a fraction of our readers to donate as little as $25.

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On Human Rights Day, homosexual activists converged on UN headquarters to make the case that “LGBT rights are human rights.” But only a few countries within the United Nations agree

On Human Rights Day, homosexual activists converged on UN headquarters to make the case that “LGBT rights are human rights.” But only a few countries within the United Nations agree


Read the complete story…. LGBT activists meet at UN, promise to keep fighting


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WE the Peoples- Celebrating 7 Million Voices

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4_stretchy_menGathering the voices of over 7 Million People through the MY World Survey is no small feat. And I would like to thank to MY World Voters and over 900 committed partners worldwide who have brought voices of the people to the United Nations.


This report reminds me of the Charter of the United Nations that was signed nearly 70 years ago at the birth of the United Nations. “We the peoples of the United Nations”, the first phrase of the Founding Charter, highlights the inclusive nature of the United Nations. Inclusion and social participation are the underlying foundation of the creation of the United Nations.

The report represents our common aspirations and goals, regardless of nationality, gender, age, or background. We can see MY World as a testimony to the people’s wish to practice tolerance, live in peace, maintain security and promote social and economic development when they are asked to voice their priorities for the next 15 years to come.


stress-smiley-face-man-ballThe MDGs have proven to be a powerful tool in embodying a shared global vision and development framework addressing poverty and hunger and advance human development.


However the MDGs did not adequately address many other issues such as productive employment, social protection, inequalities, social exclusion, peace and security, governance, the rule of law and human rights.

Today we are celebrating 7 million people voices that had been gathered through the MY World Survey, including the voices of the most marginalised groups. Approximately 1 in every 1,000 people around the world has had the opportunity to say what matters most to them and their answers continue to be shared with policy makers at all levels.

I have confidence that through the resolve of our collective efforts, we can accomplish much more. It’s time for us to think big, to be ambitious. Imagine 7 Billion voices reflects in the new development goals, imagine every person on the planet will know what the goals are when they are adopted in September 2015, imagine the new goals are a collective responsibility —both for leaders and people.


Imagine we are all prepared to work together to ensure that these post-2015 goals become a reality.


I invite you to read the new report: We the Peoples: Celebrating 7 Million Voices.
Thank you.

Jan Eliasson
United Nations Deputy Secretary-General


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Human Rights Day 2014 #Rights365

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?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????10 December 2014 – The universal reach of human rights should not be restricted to one day alone but extended to every day of the year, top United Nations officials declared today as they marked Human Rights Day – an annual UN-backed event commemorating the date on which the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Spearheaded by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), this year’s observance – celebrated under the banner of Human Rights 365 – encompasses the idea that “every day is Human Rights Day” and that “each one of us, everywhere, at all times is entitled to the full range of human rights.”We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation.

4650015890866176“On Human Rights Day we speak out,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon proclaimed in his message. “We declare that human rights are for all of us, all the time: whoever we are and wherever we are from; no matter our class, our opinions, our sexual orientation.”

“Violations of human rights are more than personal tragedies,” Mr. Ban continued. “They are alarm bells that may warn of a much bigger crisis.

The Secretary-General explained that as a result of those “alarms,” his Human Rights Up Front campaign – launched in 2013 – sought to anticipate violations before they degenerate into mass atrocities or war crimes while advancing the struggle against injustice, intolerance and extremism.


On Human Rights Day, UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein reminds us that human rights are the inalienable entitlements of all people, at all times and everywhere, 365 days a year.


10469296_10152558397116872_5280343255790398783_oThe initiative includes training UN staff on the world body’s core purpose of promoting respect for human rights; providing Member States with the information needed to respond to human rights violations; and ensuring that UN personnel around the world are more attuned to situations where there is a risk of serious human rights abuses and are equipped for the responsibilities that such potential crises entail.

The strategy also includes achieving more Organizational coherence by strengthening engagement with the General Assembly, the Security Council and the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council and providing earlier and more streamlined support to teams on the ground before a crisis emerges; and better organization of human rights staff so that they can identify risks of serious violations of human rights that could lead to atrocities.

images (31)Finally, underpinning all these activities will be better information management on threats and risks to populations for planning operational activities and for sharing with Member States.

In his statement issued for the Day, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, echoed Mr. Ban’s appeal and underscored the power of the Universal Declaration to “change the world.”

“Human rights are not country-specific. They are not a reward for good behaviour or particular to a certain era or social group. They are the inalienable entitlements of all people, at all times and everywhere, 365 days a year,” affirmed Mr. Zeid.

As part of its celebration of the Day, the OHCHR has launched a social media campaign encouraging the public to explain on a six-second Vine post why year-round human rights matter. The Vine videos will then be collected and published together on OHCHR’s Storify account.

“The UN Human Rights Office stands with the millions of people around the world whose voices are denied,” Mr. Zeid continued, as he called on the public to join OHCHR “via social media or in person.”


“Together, we must demand what should be guaranteed: our human rights, universal, indivisible, inalienable, for everyone, 365 days a year.”


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Galvanized Souls Live Radio Interview About “Carry On”

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world-smilieGalvanized Souls was invited to be interviewed and perform live in the studio on KVTA 1590 AM radio Ventura. The hosts of a new radio show – “Girls On The Air” – heard about Galvanized Souls and how the band provides a message of anti-bullying. The theme of the radio show, which aired on December 6, 2014 at 1 PM PST, was anti-bullying.


We wrote the song in December 2013 about struggles people and our fans were going through, so they can be strong and Carry On and then found Colin who is a prime example of someone who can – Carry On!


10519239_589078984534808_697731910362228089_nGalvanized Souls discussed their official music video for “Carry On” and how Colin, from Colin’s Friends, starred in the music video.

drummer-smiley-emoticonThe night before this interview Galvanized Souls had a big show in Camarillo, at Rock City Studios, as direct support for the band Dead Sara. Also, the band has been in production mode for the past several weeks which required a quick acoustic rehearsal in the parking lot of the motel next door to the radio station.


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Galvanized Souls was able to perform two original songs live in the studio. They performed “Behind Green Eyes” and of course, as featured in this webisode, “Carry On.”

Parker is one of the hosts on the show and you can see her at the end of the show wearing her One Direction t-shirt and the band is so happy that she admits that she likes them too!

kiss-smiley-flying-flying-kiss-loveAbout Girls On The Air – Real Women in Real Estate is a weekly radio show KVTA 1590 1-2 pm PST on Saturdays about what goes on in our lives as women. The hosts describe it as a radio show that operates like the popular TV show “The View.”


Published on Oct 14, 2014 – After the Stop The Silence Anti-Bullying Rally in Salisbury, NC earlier in the day, we spent a special evening with the organizers of Stop The Silence for a bonfire and barbecue. A gigantic bonfire we must say. We were honored to be invited to carry on the memory of Daniel Safrit and spread awareness about the horrific effects of bullying. We are partnering with Not In Our Town http://www.niot.org/blog/october-be-u… to be an UpStander and lend our voice to stop bullying.

Bonus video Galvanized Souls™- Carry On by the Campfire



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Gay teens come online to come out

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love animated gifs letters photo collage photo flash color HD banner flash mask effects shareware freeware download i love you kiss love banners decor websites blogs facebook HDThe experiences that gay teens have online are no less valuable than the offline connections they make with others when preparing to “come out of the closet,” according to Roberto Ortiz of the University of Montreal’s Department of Communications. In fact, the relationships that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth make through the Internet are true learning and socialization experiences.


4913-coming-outPolicy makers and others are wrong to demean or minimize these experiences, as they can help these young people free themselves. These conclusions emerged from Ortiz’s graduate research, conducted under the supervision of Professor Dominique Meunier. Ortiz undertook retrospective interviews with young adults about the discovery of their homosexuality during their adolescence and to the path leading to their revelation of their sexual orientation to their friends and families. Ortiz and Meunier presented the findings at a conference in April in Lyon that was organized by the French collective Jeunes et médias.
Ortiz found that there are not one, but many forms of coming out of the closet. In other words, all the young adults he interviewed came out in circumstances unique to them.
However, all of them turned to the Internet when they began to feel different from the young people in their environment, in particular, by consulting specialized sites, forums, or instant messaging sites.

“As a result, they were able to make contact, anonymously or otherwise, with young people facing similar situations and to explore their sexual and emotional desires without feeling judged or rejected,” said Ortiz. These online sharing sites were testing grounds that equipped them to begin the process of affirming their sexual identity. “For young gays the Internet meets the need to resist social norms, to affirm themselves and develop a certain resilience toward those who do not accept them or who belittle them.”
To be sure, bullying – along with unwanted sexual invitations – often interfere with online exchanges. “But despite some risks, these young people were not totally defenceless. Neither were they victims,” said Ortiz. “They were able to show judgment as in their lives outside the Internet.”
In short, their online and offline experiences represented neither parallel nor separate worlds: the attendant emotions were interrelated, and both worlds had equally important value in organizing a more or less conscious strategy for announcing their sexual orientation to their friends and family.


In this regard, the transition to high school is “a critical time and reference space for young people discovering their homosexuality.


For some, it is an extension of their online experiences, and for others, it is a place for creating (or not) common bonds,” he said.
Initially, Ortiz assumed that the need to affirm oneself influenced the process leading to revealing one’s sexual orientation for the young men he interviewed. “But it is rather the feeling of being different that seems to have been the driver.”
Candy-Cane-christmas-candy-cane-smiley-emoticon-000944-largeThe feeling was akin to embracing one’s difference, which is different than accepting one’s difference. “Acceptance may be seen as a form of defeat, while embracing can produce pride in being different – a separate view of what is normal,” explained Ortiz, who currently works with the health organization RÉZO with gay and bisexual men.
This is why Ortiz recommends that parents and teachers also be more receptive to embracing this difference at home and school. “While bullying sometimes interferes with online exchanges, offline bullying is even more hurtful and damaging for gay teens.”
“One of the strengths of Ortiz’s thesis is to raise the issue of the role that schools play or can play, especially high school, in embracing this difference,” said Professor Meunier. “His work also raises questions about the boundaries too often taken for granted between what is normal or not, and between what is said or done online and in the offline.”


logo_phpBBThis article is a translation of a piece originally published in French by Martin Lasalle.
Courtesy of the University of Montreal


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#MakeChangeHappen on Volunteer Day, 5 December

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Tomorrow, Friday, December 5th is International Volunteer Day (IVD), a day organized by UN Volunteers dedicated to recognizing and appreciating the hundreds of millions of people who volunteer to make the world a better place. On #IVD2014, we not only celebrate and recognize volunteerism, but also pay special tribute to peoples’ participation in making a difference at all levels: locally, nationally and globally. Thanks to the dedication of MY World partners, including thousands of volunteers, millions have participated in the MY World 2015 global survey.

#IVD2014, and this week leading up to it, will be a time of action for the MY World survey – we are extremely close to reaching 7 million people through the survey, and we believe that with the power of volunteering we can achieve this goal within the next few weeks. Please join us in celebrating #IVD2014 by being part of this big push to reach 7 million votes!


HOW CAN YOU CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY WITH MY WORLD?
Here are some ideas:

  • Celebrate tomorrow Friday, December 5th , by carrying out the MY World Survey in your community, with an event, through social media, or through any other channel which is appropriate for you and your organization.
  • Promote volunteerism and #IVD2014 by encouraging people to engage on the priorities they voted for. Use IVD poster and materials and MY World posters and materials.
  • Document & Share your volunteerism by taking a picture of yourself and other volunteers carrying out MY World Outreach. Highlight your MY World outreach efforts on social media using the hashtags #IVD2014, #actioncounts, and #makechangehappen (see below for sample tweets, and IVD’s social media toolkit for more information). Please send pictures and stories to support@myworld2015.org so that we can share them on our blog (for guidelines on blog posts, please see our partner toolkit).

unnamedThe success of the MY World global survey is due to YOU – thousands of enthusiastic and dedicated supporters around the world, including UN Volunteers. Thank you for your incredible volunteerism and commitment to ensuring that people’s voices are heard at the United Nations!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the MY World 2015 team at support@myworld2015.org to share your stories or if you have any questions about MY World outreach on International Volunteer Day.


MY World International Volunteer Day Social Media Guidance

Primary Hashtags: #IVD2014, #makechangehappen, #actioncounts, #volunteer, #post2015
Primary Handles: @myworld2015, @UNVolunteers, @UN
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Sample Tweets supporting MY World Outreach:

  • I #makechangehappen by telling the @UN my priorities for a better world &taking action by volunteering @myworld2015 @UNVolunteers #IVD2014
  • Tell the @UN your priorities for a better world with the @myworld2015 global survey #IVD2014 @UNVolunteers
    Millions have had their say at the @UN with the @myworld2015 global survey thanks to volunteers #IVD2014 @UNVolunteers
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  • I #volunteer because I want YOU to have your voice heard at the @UN #IVD2014 vote.myworld2015.org #makechangehappen, #volunteer
  • Help @myworld2015 reach 7 million votes this #IVD2014. See how at bit.ly/myworldkit Then #volunteer to #makechangehappen
  • 7 million voices is possible w/ your help! Support #IVD2014 by doing @myworld2015 outreach bit.ly/myworldkit
    I #volunteer to help @myworld2015 reach 7 million people. #IVD2014 #actioncounts #makechangehappen @unvolunteers

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  • On 5 December 2014, volunteers around the world will celebrate International Volunteer Day by taking Action in their community. Join them by helping your communities vote in MY World 2015, the United Nations global survey for a better world. Use the partner toolkit to design online and offline outreach strategies: bit.ly/myworldkit. Help us reach 7 million voices!
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  • Reaching 7 million voices is possible! Join volunteers around the world in spreading MY World to your communities this International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2014.
  • I’m celebrating International Volunteer Day by giving voice to the voiceless in my community. Join me – vote.myworld2015.org
  • On International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2014, help MY World reach 7 million voices and promote volunteerism by encouraging people to take action on their priorities. Everybody can volunteer to make change happen!

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Britain’s Got Talent: Nottinghamshire’s Combat Bullying children to take to the stage

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VICTIMS of bullying will take to the Britain’s Got Talent stage to raise awareness of what children face in schools today.

Nottinghamshire charity Combat Bullying will send 21 youngsters who have suffered at the hands of bullies to perform on the TV talent show this Sunday.

They bagged an audition after sending in a video of themselves performing their song Tell the Teacher, hoping to inspire others to come forward if they are being taunted or intimidated.

Bullying victim Charlie Turner, 9, of Toton, said: “I was bullied in year three and I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. This is why we made the song to stop it.”


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The song was originally made to coincide with the launch of the support service and anti-bullying month.



Sam Thorpe, 9, also of Toton, said: “I am doing this because I have been bullied in the first year of my school and I was really upset about it. When my mum told me about this I really wanted to do it.”

Natalie Harvey founded Combat Bullying having been bullied herself for having curly, ginger hair.

The 37-year-old mother-of-two said: “We are rehearsing every day this week and it is all going great.

“Some of the kids asked if we could send it to BGT. I wasn’t sure to begin with, but after sending a video we were asked to go for an audition.

“The kids have raised their own funds to rent a coach to get there and they are all working very hard.

“They are incredibly excited and it is taking over our lives. We just wanted to raise awareness and the song has already boosted our profile – which we use to help those who are being bullied.”



All those taking part have been practicing in the community room at Tesco Extra in Swiney Way, Toton.

Tesco community champion Tracie Basra, of Harrison Road, Stapleford, said everyone at the store was really excited to support such a worthy act.???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

The 50-year-old, whose 13-year-old daughter is a soloist, said: “My daughter was bullied when she was younger and it had a big impact on her.

“When she started with Combat Bullying she was very shy and didn’t speak a lot but now she has a solo part. They can go all the way but as long as it raises awareness of bullying that’s the main thing.”


courtesy of Nottingham Post – By DanRussell | Posted: December 01, 2014


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Peoples’ Participation: Essential to Achieving Human Rights Worldwide

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November 30th 2014, Marrakech, Morocco

During the Second World Human Rights Forum, the National Observatory of Child Rights in Morocco (ONDE) and the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) organized a high level panel discussion on strengthening participation of people, particularly children and youth, in defining the UN sustainable development agenda. The forum took place in Marrakesh from 27-30 November 2014, building on the first World Human Rights Forum held in Brasilia in December 2013.

It was a memorable occasion as more than 7,000 human right activists from all over the world gathered in Marrakech. The ONDE and UNMC panel discussion during the Forum featured a statement by Mr. Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs of UNDESA. “This event has come as a very timely occasion as we are in the midst of a process to define a new sustainable development framework to succeed the…

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World unites in heartfelt music video mashup to help end bullying

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willUstand believes bystanders can make a difference and that when someone stands for another, they give hope. Our mission is to spread this message of unity through music.

Stand the Anthem was inspired and is sung by Vermont thirteen-year-old, Charleigh Gere. After experiencing bullying in sixth grade, she and her family wanted to find a way to encourage youth to be the “one voice unafraid” to stand for others. The ideas for Stand were brought to life by her talented aunt, singer/songwriter Lahni Schultz of Bonita Springs, Florida. The song’s message to youth is simple…


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Charleigh wanted vicims to see lots of people taking a stand against bullying, not just one, so she invited the world to participate in her music video. She kicked off the project with a promotional video and then released a daily video clip throughout October (National Bullying Prevention Month) to inspire creativity and participation. Her older brother, Justin Gere, joins her in a duet rendition of Stand in the music video.

charleigh-1Stand united kids and adults across 17 states and 6 countries with contributions from groups as far-flung as Australia, California, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
The mashup is creative and heartfelt, featuring dance, sign language and unique expressions throughout. Click here to see whose in the video and behind the scenes.
Since its launch, the message of Stand has been shared at schools, rallies, and festivals all over the US and around the world. Charleigh’s local community used Stand the Anthem in a PSA to help combat bullying and promote the idea of being an Upstander. In August, Stand was screened on an outdoor theater in Brisbane, Australia. The exhibit, by Parer Place Urban Screens, titled “Moving with Music” showcased projects from the music industry that used crowd sourcing to create choreographed music videos



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The Anthem has also been shared throughout South Africa with the help of Liesl Schoonraad, an anti-bullying advocate who also holds a title for being one of the world’s strongest women. She travels throughout South Africa sharing a message of hope and closes each of her talks with Charleigh’s anthem. Plexus Films recently produced a documentary about Liesl’s work and captured a recent screening of Stand in Cape Town. Click to watch the documentary.
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Imagine what would happen if bystanders, who are the majority, stood together to end bullying. Will you stand?


“I hope my song Stand will touch lots of hearts and save the ones that need it.” Charleigh Gere
Help us share Stand the Anthem by using hashtags ‪#‎willUstand‬ and ‪#‎StandTheAnthem‬
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– See more at: http://www.willustand.com/standtheanthem.php…


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U.N. Takes on Bullying During General Assembly

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The United Nations decided to take on bullying, with the first ever stand-alone resolution on the subject in the General Assembly.


NEW YORK, November 28 (C-Fam) Once the resolution was adopted by consensus on Monday, countries behind it wasted no time in making their intentions known.

“We regret that bullying because of the sexual orientation and gender identity of children or their parents was not reflected in the resolution,” said the European Union.

The United States echoed those sentiments in an ad hoc intervention to highlight specifically that health concerns of LGBT youth must be reflected in the report of the Secretary General mandated in the resolution. Several countries in Latin America, Australia, and Nordic countries made statements to also express frustration for failing once again to have a resolution employ the expression “sexual orientation and gender identity.”

The bullying resolution is widely recognized as a stepping-stone to promote the notion of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in UN policy. The terminology was rejected during negotiations, but the resolution requests a k14225952report on bullying from the UN Secretary General, which is expected to highlight bullying of children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).

The African Group said “there is no common understanding” on bullying, after hearing the European statement, explaining that a report from the secretariat in two years time would be a better basis for negotiations.

Earlier this month, during negotiations, one delegate complained to the Friday Fax that his country has “serious problems” to deal with, and his delegation had neither the time nor inclination to dwell on bullying.

There is currently no consensus on “sexual orientation and gender identity” at the United Nations. Every time the term comes up in a resolution it forces countries to a vote. This year, opponents of the term gained ground.

111 delegations voted in favor of a resolution against extrajudicial killings last week—the only resolution of the General Assembly where the terms appear—and 66 abstained because they view it as a Trojan horse for special new LGBT rights. Two years ago 117 countries voted in favor of the same resolution. A last ditch attempt by Islamic countries to delete the reference to “sexual orientation and gender identity” failed. 53 countries voted in favor of the amendment, 9 more than two years ago.

Charges of bullying are commonly leveled at UN headquarters against wealthy countries for using their wealth and resources to “impose” their politics and ideology on the rest of the world.

Along those lines, countries complained of the trends at the Human Rights Council on Tuesday this week. Belarus called for a vote on a resolution on the work of the council saying that countries “manipulate” human rights in an “atmosphere of politicization and polarization.”

The council adopted a resolution this year, only the second on the subject, asking for a report from the High Commissioner for Human Rights on discrimination and violence because of sexual orientation and gender identity. The previous resolution resulted in a report that claimed states should recognize same-sex unions, sex changes, as well as special protections in asylum law, criminal law, and civil law for individuals who identify as LGBT.

“The Council must be devoid of any resolutions that impose unacceptable obligations on member states,” complained Ambassador Usman Sarki of Nigeria. He invited wealthy countries to stop pressuring them to change.

“We do not wish to be seen as imposing our values”, he said. But he went further.

31HXRCmocUL“We stand against the unacceptable social behavior that is now being masqueraded as human rights… against which the Nigerian people have legislated,” he said, adding, “sexual orientation and gender identity is not and will never in the foreseeable future be a human rights issue for Nigeria.”

These sentiments were echoed in a statement from the African Group and in statements from Islamic countries.

In spite of their modest resources and personnel limitations countries from Africa are making a big impact at the United Nations.

Last week they delivered a scathing message that they would not accept or support the promotion of new notions of sexuality that are being advanced in schools in the developed world.

They were also instrumental in the adoption of a resolution on the family that once again omits the phrase “various forms of the family.” The same countries frustrated by the bullying resolution complained that same-sex couples were excluded by omitting that phrase.


Courtesy of C-Fam – By Stefano Gennarini, J.D. | November 26, 2014


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International Day to End Violence against Women.

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#Orangeurhood Today, 25 November, is the International Day to End Violence against women and girls. To mark the day, UN Women encourages you to “orange your neighbourhood” and raise awareness about the #16days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December “Human Rights Day”


Untitled-2Violence against women and girls is a global pandemic that destroys lives, fractures communities and holds back development, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said as the world body today marked the International Day to End Violence against Women.
“But violence against women and girls does not emerge from nowhere. It is simply the most extreme example of the political, financial, social and economic oppression of women and girls worldwide,” Mr. Ban said at an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) event at Headquarters.
Joining Mr. Ban at today’s panel discussion were UN Women Executive-Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka; First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, and actor Teri Hatcher, among others.
This year’s theme of Orange Your Neighbourhood promises grassroots action to raise awareness in local communities. For example, the UN Secretariat building and the Empire State Building were lit orange last night, and many wore orange today to show support and solidarity in ending the scourge that affects one in three women worldwide.
Violence against women is not confined to just one region, political system, culture or social class, Mr. Ban explained today. It is present at every level of every society in the world. It happens in peacetime and becomes worse during conflict.god_said_no_12
This year alone, we have seen the kidnapping of more than 200 girls in Nigeria; the Indian schoolgirls who were raped, killed and hung from a tree; graphic testimony from Iraqi women of rape and sexual slavery during war; the continued bullying of women on the internet. Governments, workplaces, universities and sports authorities are stepping up much-needed action to end sexual violence. More than 80 per cent of governments have passed laws on domestic violence and sexual harassment.
However, their implementation is often slow and uneven. And fragile gains continue to be threatened by extremism and a backlash against women’s rights.
“It is up to everyone to play their part; women’s rights are not only women’s business. Men and boys are finally taking their place as partners in this battle. The HeForShe campaign I launched two months ago brings together one half of humanity in support of the other,” Mr. Ban said.
Echoing that, UN-Women’s Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka explained that this Day is an opportunity to “shine an orange light” on violence against women that takes place at home, in schools, nations, cities, and villages.


5204908401754112She urged for support to confront that “horror” and “extinguish it.”
“This is an important moment as the world is getting ready to gear up to the post-2015 plan of action,” Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said, highlighting that the issue of fighting violence against women will be high on the future global development agenda.
“No culture, no nation, no woman – old or young – is immune to this human rights violation,” she added.
“And these women are determined to reclaim their lives,” she said, urging that “there is no time for complacency or excuses, the time to act is now.”
“We need young people, members of Parliament and political parties, religious and traditional leaders as well aswave5 men and boys to play their roles,” the UN-Women chief explained. “We know what works now. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) initiative, along with other studies, has generated quite some data and best practices that demonstrate that the importance of protecting women and girls and providing services to those who fall victim to these horrendous crimes.”
“We are in a unique position in history and a lot of will among the people of the world to forge ahead and conquer violence against women,” she said.
Recalling meeting women who have been victims of violence, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said that she “forever will be haunted by their suffering” but also inspired by their courage.


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UK: Man who falsely accused gay men of rape jailed for six years

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A Herefordshire man who falsely claimed he was raped by four gay men has been jailed for six years.


The trial heard that one of the falsely accused took an overdose and another contemplated suicide

The trial heard that one of the falsely accused took an overdose and another contemplated suicide

Mark Wixey, 43, of Belmont, Herefordshire, received the sentence last week at Worcester Crown Court.
Worcester News reports Wixey was jailed for making false rape allegations against four gay men he met on dating websites.
He encountered three of the men on Gaydar and another on a site called Plenty of Fish, meeting up with men in various parts of the country but made false allegations which led to them being investigated and held by police.
The trial heard that one of the falsely accused took an overdose and another contemplated suicide.
Wixey was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice on 20 December 2012.
Initially denying the allegations, Wixey pleaded guilty at Worcester Crown Court to all charges on 18 November.
Police-police-officer-uniform-smiley-emoticon-001085-facebookJudge Robert Juckes QC sentenced him to six years, taking into account Wixey’s decision to plead guilty, he reduced the sentence from eight years to six.
He said the case was unique due to the number of victims and that lawyers were unable to source any previous case history of similar matters involving the victims.
Judge Juckes said Wixey was obviously a “troubled” man but drink had played a major part in the offences. At one stage he had tried to commit suicide.
DC Zoey Carter, the officer in the case for West Mercia Police, said: “The false allegation made by Mr Wixey in Worcester resulted in the arrest, detention and interview of an innocent man. As part of the detention process he was forensically examined and provided intimate samples.
“The victim described the week following his arrest as the worst in his life and believes the incident has changed him completely.


“The nature of these false allegations is quite horrific and the long term effects on the lives of his victims is significant.


“One victim contemplated suicide whilst another was so distraught that he took an overdose which was thankfully unsuccessful. By making this, and the allegations in other police force areas, Mr Wixey has prevented valuable specialist resources from investigating genuine complaints.
“It’s because West Mercia Police take sexual offence allegations so seriously that the investigation team were determined to ensure Mr Wixey was brought to justice and couldn’t ruin any other lives.
“I am thrilled that we have achieved justice for all the victims concerned and I truly hope that they are now able to put an end to this chapter in their lives and move on.


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The Power of Love

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holly-johnson-limited-print-1-jpg“The Power of Love” is a song originally recorded and released by English band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. It was written by Holly Johnson, Peter Gill, Mark O’Toole and Brian Nash, four of five members of the band. It was released by the group as their third single.

Initially issued as a single in November 1984, and taken from the album Welcome to the Pleasuredome, “The Power of Love” followed its two predecessors, “Relax” and “Two Tribes”, to the top of the UK images (9)singles chart. It scored the band an early December number-one. “The Power Of Love” was also a top 10 hit in several European countries, in New Zealand, and in Canada.


Here’s the original video for Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s 1984 seasonal Number One, The Power Of Love. Not ostensibly a seasonal song, it has become one of UK’s favourite festive sounds and that journey began with this clever and highly evocative promo.


Since then, reissues and/or remixes of the Frankie Goes To Hollywood recording of this song have been top 10 UK hits on two other occasions, hitting #10 in 1993 and #6 in 2000. “The Power Of Love” has also charted in the UK in a version by Holly Johnson (a solo recording from 1999), and a 2012 version by Gabrielle Aplin.


Praise-You-nun-pray-saint-smiley-emoticon-000709-hugeThere is a biblical aspect to its spirituality and passion; the fact that love is the only thing that matters in the end.”


Aplin’s recording of the song below also went to #1 in the UK, exactly 28 years after the original Frankie Goes To Hollywood single topped the charts. Aplin’s version also enjoyed a resurgence in 2014 thanks to it being the soundtrack to the advert/trailer for TV series “Resurrection”.


The track was first featured during the John Peel Sessions the band performed on during 1983, “The Power of Love” became Frankie Goes To Hollywood‘s third consecutive (and last) #1 UK single in December, 1984.


smiley_countryHolly Johnson, who co-wrote the song, later reminisced: “I always felt like The Power Of Love was the record that would save me in this life.


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Anti-bullying Week: Ex-Pride director and LGBT champion on not being a bystander

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Ex-director of Manchester Pride, champion of Village businesses and all-round LGBT hero Jackie Crozier writes on the importance of not being a bystander to crime.


6583634309939200I’ve spent a lot of my career trying to fight prejudice and stereotypes – and promote equality – particularly among LGBT communities.

When I was Chair of Manchester’s Village Business Association, I pushed for a new art project to inject life and pride back into ‘Our Village’.


One reason behind the street art scheme was to demonstrate to passers-by that we are proud of who we are and our history. We also wanted to show that we stand up for ourselves, together, through thick and thin.


As Manchester Pride’s Festival Director I was privileged to lead celebrations of LGBT lifestyle and culture in Manchester and, together with our staff, supporters, volunteers, patrons and partners, raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for LGBT community groups and charities in the process.smiley-face-thumbs-up

Despite no longer holding either of those posts I know that I can still help make a difference. I know that we all have a duty and a responsibility to make the world a better place – no matter what we do. That’s why we all need to step up and make a difference.



This Anti-Bullying Week 2014, I’ve been particularly struck by one campaign in particular from lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity Stonewall.

Stonewall’s #NoBystanders campaign is simple, hard-hitting and inclusive of all and any group who may suffer bullying and prejudice. Its campaign video shows children hearing hateful language from a young age, and demonstrates the way it can progress into adulthood.


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And what does #NoBystanders ask of its audience? Pledge to not be a bystander – and stand up for those around you who are being bullied or abused for being who they are.

Sounds pretty simple, I think?

Then do it. Be a role model. Don’t be a bystander. If you hear it, or see it, then stop it. I know I will.32128-Clipart-Illustration-Of-An-Expressive-Yellow-Smiley-Face-Emoticon-With-Hearts-Admiring-His-Crush

And I know that, as a city that looks after its own, that you’ll do it too, Manchester.


No Bystanders is gay rights charity Stonewall’s campaign to tackle bullying and abuse in the LGBT community. It takes place during Anti-Bullying Week from November 17-21.


For more on this story20 Nov 2014 – 09:24AM | By Jackie Crozier



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Webinar: Official Launch of COH | Wednesday, Nov 26th

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A_preacher_smiley_face_praying_100714-126235-696009We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve.


This is the official launch event of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH). The COH builds on the work of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) and introduces a program of research that includes local, provincial and national monitoring activities, as well as original research that addresses key issues in homelessness. COH includes researchers, service providers, policy and decision makers, people with lived experience of homelessness as well as graduate and undergraduate students from across Canada with a passion for social justice issues and a desire to solve homelessness in our communities. This webinar will introduce you to the work of the COH and some of its current areas of focus.


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images (16)I think what it does is it gives me a much broader perspective than the average politician. You know, having walked in those shoes of being hungry and being homeless. The indignities of not getting health care, or waiting in the public hospital, hoping somebody will care for you. Going to sleep with a toothache because you can’t go to the dentist.


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Anti-bullying Week 2014

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Monday 17 November marks the start of Anti-bullying Week 2014, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.


This year’s focus is to Stop bullying for ALL children and young people – including disabled children and those with special educational needs, children who are significantly more likely to experience bullying in schools and the wider community.


Further information and support from the CPSU

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Visit the Anti-bullying Alliance website for further information on Anti-bullying Week and details of how to get involved.



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Does Cyber Harassment affect Employees? A Survey

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Cyberbullying is becoming more and more prevalent. Children, celebrities and campaigners are among those who have experienced abuse, whilst evidence suggests that it is also becoming a problem in workplaces.


4727417010651136In the past decade communication technologies have increasingly infiltrated the workplace. For instance, UK office workers send and receive 10,000 emails per year according to researchers at Warwick Business School. Many of these will be generic work requests, a few might be impolite and some could be downright abusive.

There are reasons to believe that cyberbullying behaviours perpetrated in the organisational context are more subtle than those observed among children and adolescents. This is because employees are bound by regulations that prohibit explicit abuse aimed at co-workers and adults may have developed the capacity to disguise bullying behaviours. Despite this, workplace cyberbullying can still cause harm as researchers have linked it to low job satisfaction, mental strain and intention to quit the organisation.

Examples of workplace cyberbullying can include online threats, overly critical emails and the distribution of embarrassing pictures and personal information. Aspects of computer mediated communication mean that workplace cyberbullying differs from offline workplace bullying in several key ways. For instance, it is possible for perpetrators to remain anonymous, the perpetrator and victim are often in different locations when messages are distributed and cyber acts can be seen by a much larger audience. Furthermore, certain acts of cyberbullying are more permanent than the transience of offline bullying acts and they can be experience by employees outside of the work environment.

Before in-depth research can address workplace cyberbullying it is critical to develop valid and reliable tools to measure it. This is the focus of a study being run by researchers at the University of Sheffield. If you are employed and would like to take part in the study please click on the link below.

Researchers from the University of Sheffield are working with the support of No Bullying to identify how negative behaviours conducted through technology can impact employee health, job satisfaction and working relationships. People are increasingly using technology to communicate with their colleagues. It is therefore important to investigate how negative technology-mediated behaviours affect employees.

If you are employed and would like to contribute to knowledge on cyberbullying within the context of work, we would like to invite you to take a short survey on negative technological experiences, job satisfaction, health and work engagement.

To obtain data that will give a casual indication of how negative technological behaviours affect people, we need to collect data now and again in six months’ time. Therefore we would like to invite you to complete this survey now as well as a second survey that will be distributed in six months.

This study has been ethically approved by the Sheffield University Management School. All responses are anonymous and strictly confidential. You are also free to withdraw from the study at any time by closing the web page. To participate in the study click on this link.


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Sam Farley is a doctoral researcher at Sheffield University Management School – email sjfarley1@sheffield.ac.uk twitter: @sam_farley3


Cyberbullying in the Workplace, Study and Survey Covered by NoBullying Today


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