Jean Augustine is a former federal member of parliament for Etobicoke -Lakeshore. In 1993, mrs. Augustine was the first black woman to be elected to the Canadian parliament and a steadfast defender of women's rights, youth rights and the rights of black communities. It was her motion in the House of Commons that led to the official recognition of February as Black History Month in Canada .
Her work as a politician, educator and social activist has resulted in the improvement of rights for people with a racial, low income and migrants. She is a steadfast defender of the rights of women and girls and her presence in her own communities has not only made them a better place, but her time in both provincial and federal government has made the world a better place.
19659009] Nelson Mandela Award is named in honor of Nelson Mandela former president of South Africa from 1994-1999 and revolutionary against Apartheid. This prize recognizes the struggle, courage and achievements of Mandela in the fight against apartheid and in promoting human rights and social justice. Recipients are praised for having made an important contribution in the field of promoting human rights and social justice.
Unifor is the largest trade union in the private sector of Canada representing 315,000 employees in every major area representing the economy. The union advocates all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives for a gradual change for a better future.
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