How You Can Help Victims of the Nepal Earthquake

On April 25th 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.8 on the moment magnitude scale rattled the landlocked country of Nepal, which is situated on the boundary of the Indo Australian and Eurasia tectonic plates and is thus prone to earthquakes. What makes this earthquake particularly devastating is that it was a shallow quake (estimated at occurring only 15km below the epicenter), it created a movement of the earth of approximately 3km and it occurred in a densely populated area of greater Kathmandu and Pokhara.

According to Security General Ban Ki-moon, there are 8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. As of April 27th, 1.4 million are in need of food assistance, over 3 thousand people are confirmed dead or missing and 6.8 thousand people are injured. (more…)

Behind the Scenes look at Forced Marriages

Forced marriage is a complicated issue. It is a form of slavery and violence. In a forced marriage, the marriage takes place without the free consent of the individuals getting married, where pressure (physical and emotional) or abuse is used to force one or both people to marry against their will. (more…)

Volunteer Opportunity: Vice-President

United Nations Association in Canada, Calgary Branch (UNAC-Calgary) is currently seeking a Vice-President to join our Board of Directors. (more…)

Justice for Cindy Gladue

Many protestors rallied across Canada in different cities, including Calgary, calling for justice for Cindy Gladue.

Gladue, a 37-year-old mother of three, was found dead in an Edmonton hotel bathtub. She had bled to death with an 11-centimetre wound in her vaginal wall. An Ontario truck driver was charged with her murder. However, two weeks ago, the man accused of killing her was found not guilty of first-degree murder after his lawyer argued Gladue was a sex worker and the wound was caused by rough consensual sex.

In Calgary, the vigil for Cindy started with a prayer. Michelle Robinson, President of the Aboriginal People’s Commission of Alberta, organized and the led the event. (more…)

UNAC-Calgary AGM & World Press Freedom Day 2015

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Join us on Monday, May 11th as we open our AGM with a panel discussion on freedom of expression in the media today.

Doors open at 5:30 | Admission is Free | Refreshments will be served

Seating is limited, so register today unaccalgaryagm.eventbrite.ca

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Celebrating the First Day of Spring with “Nowruz”

Nowruz is a compound word in the Persian language that translates to “new day”. In 2010, the UN General Assembly recognized the International Day of Nowruz as a cultural tradition of Persian origin celebrated by several countries to mark the first day of spring (http://www.un.org/en/events/nowruzday/). In Iran, Nowruz is the most important holiday as it also represents the first day of the new year based on the Shamsi Hijri calendar.

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