Welcome to the Wednesday, November 29, 2006 issue of this Peace&Justice action email!
This email has actions for three significant dates around this time: November 25 was International Day Against Violence Against Women; December 1 is World AIDS Day; and December 10 is Human Rights Day.
______________________________________________________DARFUR: FOCUS ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
Combining the motivation behind the recent International Day Against Violence Against Women (November 25) and the upcoming Human Rights Day (December 10), the Darfur movement has decided to focus on the tragedy of women. Rape has been a primary tool in the Darfur violence; as well, women have witnessed the destruction of their homes, and at times, the killing of the husbands and children. You can sign the petition below to further add a voice to end this atrocity. As well on December 10, there will be worldwide actions focused on women and Darfur - you can follow the link to see if there is one in your area to join.
Sign Petition, and See December 10 Actions:
It has been three months since the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto and the Government of Canada has yet to announce its plans to combat the pandemic. Since that day, thousands of e-mail messages and post cards have been sent to Mr. Harper calling on Canada to take decisive action.
More importantly, since that day close to 750,000 people have died of AIDS-related causes and over a million women, men and children have become infected with HIV/AIDS.
Yet the Canadian government remains silent.
You can send a message to the Health Minister as well as your local MP by following the link below. Please note that you start with a simple 3 field sign-on, and then continue on the next screen to the actual AIDS petition.
____________________________________________________TELL NOVARTIS TO ABIDE BY INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT AND DROP ITS LAWSUIT
With World AIDS day on December 1, it is timely to know that drug company Novartis is challenging India's Patent law to prevent cheaper generic versions of its drugs being sold in India. If they win, this will threaten India's ability to produce affordable generic drugs, including HIV medicines, which are benefiting millions of people in India and other developing countries.
This could seriously impede poor people obtaining cheaper medicines and is against an international agreement that declares that developing countries can produce and import cheaper versions of medicines in the interests of public health.
UWAA: This endeavour is being placed under the overall rubric of "Until Well-being is Achieved for All."
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