Help Canada keep her word to our Afghan colleagues

20 Weeks and Counting

Girls still denied their right to education
It has been eleven weeks since the Taliban banned girls from attending secondary school. No other country in the world bans girls from secondary school.  As part of our commitment to maintaining the pressure on our government to pressure the Taliban to allow girls this basic right to education and to assist both Afghans needing to leave the country and those remaining, our team are working on various fronts. 

Murwarid spoke from her perspective as an Afghan and long-time rights activist. “The special immigration measures should enable our colleagues to depart Afghanistan. We know Canada means well. Intentions do matter. But so do the outcomes. We are now waiting for the implementation of the promised policies.

 

Screen Shot 2021-12-07 at 5.50.06 PM.pngLet us remind our federal government of the promise to bring 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada, and how to date, fewer than 4,000 refugees have arrived.

Share the following messages:

We are calling on Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to fulfill the following, urgently:

1. Respond to people waiting to hear if they can apply to the SIM program in the order that inquiries were received, going back to the date the program was first launched.
2. Improve the efficiency of responses to inquiries, providing people with comprehensive, quality responses about the status of their specific cases; and be transparent about how the steps in reviewing and vetting applications especially when vetting is done by third parties;
3. Address inconsistencies in the information disseminated about the SIM program, including clarification of eligibility criteria;
4. Do not restrict Canada’s resettlement pathways to only Afghan nationals already outside of Afghanistan, given the intent of these programs to protect Afghans at risk;
5. Clarify the steps in the referral process: how IRCC is processing the cases of individuals referred by GAC and DND, and other referral partners.
6. Keep up the pressure on a safe passage in light of recent Taliban threats to restrict the right to leave Afghanistan.

Want to help with our advocacy work in this area? Reach out to us!

Email, Text and Post:

Please copy info@cw4wafghan.ca when you send an email. Share our messages with your friends, family, contacts in your network, and local media.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Justin.Trudeau@parl.gc.ca or pm@pm.gc.ca 

Immigration, Citizenship & Refugee Minister: Sean.Fraser@parl.gc.ca

Women, Gender Equality & Youth Minister Marci Len: minister-ministre@swc.cfc.gc.ca

ICR Deputy Minister, Catrina Tapley: Catrina.Tapley@cic.gc.ca

Canada gave her word! It’s time

Please share this campaign on social media and with your network to urge more action from our government now

Speaking Out

From Lauryn and Murwarid to Winnipeg supporter Mariam Omar and Ottawa Chapter Chairs Najia Haneefi and Jennifer Simpson, and our many supporters have been engaging to bring our message to both existing and new supporters.

Interest is high and speaking engagements have included Rotary clubs and women’s groups, organizations including The Macdonald-Laurier Institute and The Famous Five Foundation. We are sharing the message loudly and broadly.

Women are contributing and CW4WAfghan is responding

“You have to spend time, listen, be creative and nimble. Our small organization makes this possible. For all the terrible things that have happened in Afghanistan – for generations – these women are learning and contributing,” said Lauryn.

Nothing short of devastating

Journalist and documentarian Mellissa Fung facilitated a panel on December 8 to discuss Canada’s broken promise to Afghans. Mellissa described the current situation as “nothing short of devastating”. Panelists included Murwarid Ziayee, Senior Director, CW4WAfghan; General Andrew Leslie, Chris Alexander and Fawzia Koofi. Click this link to listen to the full program, hosted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI). Click here to learn about upcoming events on December 17 and February 17.

Murwarid spoke from her perspective as an Afghan and long-time rights activist. “The special immigration measures should enable our colleagues to depart Afghanistan. We know Canada means well. Intentions do matter. But so do the outcomes. We are now waiting for the implementation of the promised policies.

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