Charter Rights for All - Stop Bill 24

13 July 2018
MARL helps kickoff campaign dedicated to protecting and promoting Charter rights for all Manitobans, including the most marginalized

MARL 2017-2018 Annual Report

22 June 2018
Find out more about another successful year!

Introducing the Canadian High School Ethics Bowl!

29 May 2018
A new opportunity for students to learn and practice the skills they need as global citizens.

Volunteer Position - Treasurer

16 May 2018
Join our Board of Directors as Treasurer!

Journeys through Generations - MARL Human Rights Film Festival

20 March 2018


MARL Human Rights Film Festival - The Crown: Anastasia Lin

16 March 2018


Saturday Church - Human Rights Film Festival Feature Film

16 March 2018

Saturday, March 24 Feature Film - Saturday Church | 7:00-9:00

Best of Manitoba Staycation Fundraiser is BACK!

22 February 2018

MARL's Best of Manitoba Staycation Raffle is back and better than ever! This year you can win VIP passes to some of the best summer festivals and attractions Winnipeg has to offer!

Ethics Slam 2018 - Thank You!

22 January 2018

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Annual Ethics Slam on Thursday, January 18th, including our competing teams, who all made some excellent discussion points, our judges, the fantastic and participatory audience, and the volunteer organizers!

Congratulations to the High School Ethics Bowl participants!

22 December 2017

The annual High School Ethics Bowl was held on Friday, December 15, 2017, in partnership with Manitoba Education and the University of Manitoba Centre for Applied and Professional Ethics. It was a fantastic day of dialogue, ethical discussion, and tackling some of the most challenging subjects in human rights and civil liberties through research and critical thinking. Congratulations to all the participants from 12 schools across Manitoba!

Living Rights Then & Now: Women's Right to Vote

19 December 2017

Living Rights Then & Now: Women's Right to Vote

Giving Tuesday 2017

28 November 2017

Dear valued MARL supporter,

Youth Filmmaking Workshops

9 November 2017

Want to Write, Film, or Star in your own Movie?

Living Rights Then & Now: The Winnipeg General Strike

9 November 2017

Living Rights Then & Now: The Winnipeg General Strike

Human Rights Grades 1-6 Contest

24 October 2017

Submit a picture, paragraph or poem telling us why YOU believe human rights are important in Manitoba to

Nominations Open for the Manitoba Human Rights Awards

18 October 2017

Do you know someone who has made a significant contribution to human rights in Manitoba?  Do you know someone who has promoted respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in Manitoba? Nominations must be received by November 1, 2017 at midnight. 

New Logo, New Website, New MARL!

16 October 2017

Dear MARL supporter,

Leaders In Human Rights – Michelle Falk

6 October 2017

Why is sharing human rights stories important?
It’s important for everyone to take in a variety of perspectives and experiences. You might not realize, for example, if you’ve personally never dealt with sexism, how it affects people in your community on a daily basis. On the other hand, if you do identify with these struggles, it can be empowering to hear someone’s story of perseverance and strength. It’s important to come together as a community in empathy and understanding.

Leaders In Human Rights – Lauren Milne

3 October 2017

Why is sharing human rights stories important?
Through the sharing of human rights stories people hear and understand more than the facts about a situation. By hearing personal accounts, people get an opportunity to understand and appreciate the trauma individuals have experienced because their rights have violated or abused.
It is an extremely important way to raise general awareness about human rights and to educate people around human rights violations. People’s experiences help to demonstrate the political and government positions on human rights in different countries. It is important to share stories about how some countries do not legitimize human rights and abuse their own citizens. Raising global awareness about these violations can put pressure the violating governments to adopt international human rights laws and to prevent future violations.
What change do you hope your involvement will bring to society?
I hope by increasing awareness about human rights that people will become more educated and more tolerant of groups that are different from themselves. This could lead to people becoming more involved and active with respect to human rights issues.
The ultimate outcome would be that increased public action would result in government policy changes. I hope that by learning more about different cultures, religions, and nationalities people will understand that we are more similar than different and we all deserve to be treated with respect and kindness.
What was your biggest source of strength and motivation as you continued on your journey to advocate for gender rights and at the Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)?
My biggest motivation to work in human rights came from listening to the children’s stories when I volunteered at IRCOM. Their stories really opened my eyes about what they have been through at such a young age. Learning about all the obstacles they had to overcome such as fleeing their home and country, learning a new language, and adjusting to a completely new culture and country motivated me to help the children as much as I could. Although the children had not had an easy start in their life they were so positive and reminded me to be grateful for being born in a safe country.
What do you believe is the most effective way to fight for human rights or raise awareness?
Education on human rights and addressing stereotypical perspectives are important ways to increase awareness and advocacy. It is important to provide impartial and fact-based information about human rights issues and challenge stereotypical perspectives and cultural bias.
I believe learning about other cultures, religions, nationalities, is important to break down the barriers that exist between people to understand that there are more similarities than differences between one another. It is not easy to challenge your perspective on issues that you thought you had a solid understanding on and it is important to be open-minded that you may not have all the correct information previously that informed your opinion.
Why did you get involved in the movement? a specific story or person?
I became interested in human rights during high school when I joined Amnesty International and started to read books about women in Afghanistan. This educated me about the inhumane treatment of women under the Taliban rule. It disturbed me that a society would tolerate blatant human rights violations. The more I read about the middle east, the more motivated and determined I became to learn more about human rights and what I could do to become an effective advocate.
Where can young people start to fight for human rights?
By volunteering at non-governmental organizations, spreading awareness by talking to their friends and family, attending marches, and learning more about what is being done or the lack of it related to their interested topics. In high school I started to volunteer for IRCOM and joined Amnesty International where I participated in letter writing campaigns and spreading awareness about various human rights violations.
What is your life motto? 
“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, for as long as you can.” Hillary Clinton adopted this philosophy from her Methodist background.
Superpower you wish you had and why?
Probably flying because I love travelling so much and I could see as many countries as possible this way!
Any tips for someone wanting to become a human rights advocate?
Focus on a topic that interests you! Educate yourself and raise awareness on it!

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