AFRICA: Declaration on minimum standards for ombudsman institutions adopted
At the end of February 2014, delegates at a two-day African Ombudsman Summit adopted a pioneering declaration on the minimum standards for effective ombudsman institutions and cooperation.
EUROPE/FRA: EU-wide survey on violence against women
Violence against women undermines women’s core fundamental rights such as dignity, access to justice and gender equality. For example, one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15; one in five women has experienced stalking; every second woman has been confronted with one or more forms of sexual harassment.
CANADA/ONTARIO: Ombudsman oversight to be expanded
Ontario Ombudsman André Marin today welcomed the provincial government’s announcement that it will extend his office’s mandate into the “MUSH sector” – the vast, provincially-funded broader public sector comprising municipalities, universities, school boards and hospitals, as well as long-term care homes, children’s aid societies and police.