Aid Worker Cries Discrimination Against CIDA

The Canadian Human Rights Commission has ordered an inquiry on the discrimination complaints of a federal public servant against the Canadian International Development Agency. Bronwyn Cruden has accused CIDA of discrimination after the agency turned down her application for a year-long posting in Afghanistan due to having Type 1 diabetes, Ottawa Citizen reports.

CIDA denied Cruden’s application following an advice of a Health Canada doctor, who evaluated the woman’s health two years ago.

Canada’s human rights commission, however, said that the physician’s report “indicates that it is the nature of the complainant’s condition and not her actual assessment that is the determining factor in finding (Cruden) unfit for posting.”

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    Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.