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New IRIS Initiative in Collaboration with Roshanak Jaberi

IRIS recently received an award from the Ontario Arts Council’s Creative Engagement Fund to continue their work on the use of art for social change. The project is a collaboration with Roshanak Jaberi, a talented Iranian-Canadian performer, choreographer, producer and activist. No Woman’s Land, a multi-disciplinary performance piece and call-to-action, will explore the real stories of … Continued

Community Town Halls for Working Together Initiative

As part of IRIS’ Working Together initiative, Community Town Halls are being held in four cities across Canada: Regina, Saint John, Vancouver, and Toronto. Community Town Hall Dates and Times: Regina, SK – March 21, 2016 at 5pm Saint John, NB – March 30, 2016 at 6-8pm Toronto, ON – April 13, 2016 at 6-9pm Vancouver, BC – April … Continued

Working Together Project Meets Local Steering Committee in Regina

Doris Rajan, Director of Social Development, with IRIS’ Working Together project, was in Regina recently to meet with the local project team to clarify project goals, intended impact and begin planning for implementation. Led by the Newo Yotina Friendship Centre and the Regina Immigrant Women’s Centre, the Local Steering Committee, including members from the police, … Continued

Working Together – Combating Structural Violence: Video

IRIS has started an exciting new initiative that brings together migrant, indigenous and women with disabilities in four communities in Canada; Saint John, New Brunswick; Toronto, Ontario; Regina, Saskatchewan; and Vancouver, B.C. to work together in addressing structural violence in the communities in which they live. In November 2015 IRIS held a national meeting in … Continued

IRIS Launches New Project: Working Together – Combating Structural Violence

Women in Canada come from many diverse backgrounds and live with multiple experiences of marginalization and with each layer of exclusion, whether that is migrant, indigenous or disability status – other barriers to their safety are added. Consequently, particular populations of women experience higher rates of abuse than other women’s communities due to structural violence … Continued

Legal Capacity, A Fundamental Right

Open Society Fellow, and Managing Director of the Institutes for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society Michael Bach, talks about how “supported decision making” can allow those of us with disabilities to contribute to and participate more fully in society. The full story can be found here and in the video below.

Building Safe Communities for People with Disabilities

Our right to be safe is the name of the workshop for service providers that Fran Odette researcher/consultant and Doris Rajan senior researcher/consultant of IRIS gave on issues relating to violence against women, with a focus on women with disabilities. The workshop was recently presented in  Saint John, New Brunswick to a group of service providers. Before … Continued

Meet Malini Chib – Toronto Reception and Book Reading

Attend a reception and book reading to celebrate author Malini Chib’s visit to Canada. Monday, March 17, 2014 at 6:30–7:30 p.m. Hot House Cafe, 35 Church Street (at Front Street), Toronto, ON. One Little Finger is the autobiography of Malini Chib— a woman who defied all odds to emerge victorious in spite of a crippling … Continued

New Publication – Six Key Elements for an Inclusive Labour Market

There is a growing recognition among employers, governments, and the public at large of the valuable contributions that people with disabilities bring to Canadian workplaces. At the same time, concerns about skills shortages and labour market supply issues have been a dominant theme of Canadian and international policy discussion. A recent report of the federal … Continued

IRIS’ International Work on Legal Capacity – Zambia

The following blog post was written by Doris Rajan, Director of Social Development for IRIS Institute, on her most recent return from Zambia where she and others from IRIS are involved in social policy work. The above video documents some of the highlight from the most recent trip. I was sitting in Nairobi airport last … Continued