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Cheer The Humble Latrine On World Toilet Day

Plan International Canada | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

World Toilet Day is important because it highlights an everyday technology that most people in Canada take for granted, yet one third of the world still lacks: a vital technology that saves lives and alleviates suffering.

Olympic Champion Jenn Heil Says Bullied Kids Need Allies In Their Corner

Plan International Canada | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

As a competitive athlete you sign up for scrutiny and judgment. But, even then, you need to be thick skinned because you're out there doing your best, succeeding or failing for everyone to see. Kids who get bullied don't sign up to be judged.

Achieving Girls' Rights Will Take More Than Removing Barriers

Plan International Canada | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Nearly 90 per cent of girls tell Plan International that they have more opportunities in life than their mothers did. That's progress. But in developing countries, girls are twice as likely as boys to suffer malnutrition, and 63 million girls (many more than boys) don't attend school. Removing barriers to education, health care and other rights isn't enough. We need to focus on how girls can move beyond merely surviving, to thriving.

Look to Girls and Youth to Drive Change for 2030

Plan International Canada | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

The next global goals -- the SDGs that will take us to the year 2030 -- will need to build on the progress of the MDGs and go beyond them to reach the most marginalized and vulnerable population -- especially girls, and including people in the poorest and most remote rural communities, refugees, and women in minority groups.

Let's Leave No One Behind With the New Sustainable Development Goals

Plan International Canada | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Pregnancy is still one of the leading causes of death of girls in developing countries between 15 and 18. Worldwide, 16,000 children under five die every day. Girls and boys are left behind because of who they are or where they live. Women and girls from ethnic minorities have fared worst, and discriminated against because of their sex and race. Girls living in towns or cities are much more likely to have access to a skilled birth attendant than young women living in remote parts.

Why It's Crucial to Engage Men in Maternal Health

Plan International Canada | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

When men accompany their partners to prenatal visits and attend at birthing, the women report a much more positive experience, according to our commissioned study, Men Matter. When men share in the housework and rearrange certain duties or workloads to accommodate their pregnant or breastfeeding partners, the couple's relationship strengthens and the household becomes a happier place.

Dare to Dream in Technicolour for a Better World

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In September, I take up my new responsibilities in Geneva, Switzerland as Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament. The UN reflects the dreams and aspirations of not just Canadians but of the world. My new role will allow me to address global challenges from a different perspective than I've had at Plan Canada, but as I prepare to leave I reflect on a few proud accomplishments that bolster my confidence and hope for the future.

We Need to Focus on Sexual Violence During Humanitarian Crises

Plan International Canada | Posted 06.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Girls raped at the tender age of seven, some made pregnant at nine. Young women sold as property. A 20-year-old burned alive because she refused to comply with sexual demands and three girls attempting suicide by eating rat poison instead of submitting to their captors.

The Number of Refugees in the World Today Is an Unacceptable Catastrophe

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

This Saturday, June 20, is the UN World Refugee Day. It's a day set aside every year to recognize the plight of refugees and acknowledge the efforts of those who assist them, often in the face of life-threatening obstacles. We need to recognize realities but not despair. We need to focus the global mind on our collective responsibility. We need to roll up our sleeves and help those who are so deserving of our assistance while urging others to double and triple their efforts to end the underlying conditions that have created this unacceptable human catastrophe.

After Nepal's Earthquake, Emotional Care Should Be a Priority

Plan International Canada | Posted 05.20.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Events unfolding following the fresh earthquake in Nepal on May 12th remind us that big earthquakes and aftershocks take a heavy toll on minds of the survivors, especially small children. Impacts on the mind are often invisible. Relief efforts should prioritize such emotional needs.

Aid and Development Can Create Self-Sustaining Communities

Plan International Canada | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

A recent trip to Ghana's Volta region affirmed for me that there is so much more to aid and development than one prosperous nation giving to another in need. I was still taken aback by what I saw upon arrival. In short, people in Volta are not living with a lot. But they are far from powerless.

Malaria Makes No Laughing Matter of Mosquitoes

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Mosquitoes are re-emerging as a serious North American health threat as carriers of the West Nile Virus. In the developing world, mosquitoes pose an even more menacing danger. There, they transmit malaria, the deadliest disease borne by any insect or animal anywhere. This year, malaria deaths are expected to spike upwards, after more than a decade of steady decline. The reason: Ebola. The fragile health systems in West Africa have been stretched to the limit in the Ebola fight, and routine measures to combat malaria have gone by the wayside.

India's Daughter, The World's Daughter: Stopping Violence Against Women

Plan International Canada | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Violence against girls and women is an issue everywhere, not only in India. We've read about other high-profile attacks in the past year -- mass abductions of school girls in Nigeria, women murdered in El Salvador and Brazil, and rape and assault accusations directed at celebrities in Canada and the U.S. These events are rooted in sexist and discriminatory systems in societies around the world. As the documentary and so many studies show, extreme violence is at the far end of a continuum that's based on social norms and attitudes that women are subordinate to men. At one end of the continuum are brutal acts of violence; one out of every three women worldwide experiences sexual violence during her life

104 Years Later Women Still Demand and Deserve Better

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 04.30.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

More than a century ago, an international conference of some 100 working women meeting in Copenhagen decided to establish an annual Women's Day. As we approach the 104th International Women's Day on March 8, large gender gaps remain both in Canada and globally. This time, however, the annual event may become a catalyst for meaningful action, at least in election-year Canada.

Terror and Turmoil -- We Have Been Here Before

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In today's wars -- no less destructive than others in history because they are undeclared -- how do we bring the fighting parties to the table? None of the usual diplomatic and military carrots and sticks are working. So what to do?

2015 and the UN: Great Expectations in Times Ahead

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 03.23.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

2015 promises to be a transformative year on the international development front and is therefore an appropriate time to reflect on a noteworthy milestone. The United Nations enters its 70th year -- and like some 70-year-olds, the beleaguered UN has found new vigour and relevance in people's lives, with Canada playing a role in some noteworthy accomplishments.

Hunger Is a Less Visible, but Real Side Effect of Ebola

Plan International Canada | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Even when Ebola is finally contained, the reality is thousands of people will continue to face hunger and malnutrition leading to death for months, if not years. While they won't succumb to the disease itself, they'll still experience hunger because of the effects of an Ebola epidemic.

A Glimpse of Canadian Dollars at Work, Saving Lives in Senegal

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

I recently travelled more than 6,500 kilometres to see our tax dollars at work. What I saw were lives being saved for less than the cost of a cup of takeout coffee. All Canadians should be proud.

25 Years After the Montreal Massacre, Gender-Based Violence Still Thrives

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.04.2015 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

When the gunman, a rejected engineering student, shot those young women he was enraged that they were pursuing studies in a profession he believed was meant for men. That was a quarter of a century ago. Today, more and more women are flooding into professions, including engineering, once considered male preserves, but there is still so much more progress to be made in changing those attitudes that enable gender-based violence.

25 Years of Child Rights, But Much More to Do

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

When hundreds of girls are kidnapped in Nigeria, disappearing into the night for months and counting, the world is outraged. When boys are handed guns and forced into militias, the world is shocked. When children work as slave labourers in mines, there are global cries for action. But these atrocities are only part of the picture.

We Can Create New Realities for Girls

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 12.16.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In a new global report conducted by Plan entitled Hear Our Voices, we spoke with more than 7,000 adolescent girls and boys from 11 countries in Asia, Africa, Central and South America. We wanted to learn more about what issues and concerns adolescent girls faced and how boys felt about those issues too.

Canada Is Poised to Lead Real Global Change on Child and Maternal Mortality

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Some six million children under the age of five die every year and there are still nearly 300,000 maternal deaths annually. It all comes down to the political will and necessary funds to make it happen. Canada is a recognized leader in both. In May, Canada committed a further $3.5 billion over five years to help eliminate these unnecessary deaths.

Fear Won't Put a Stop to Ebola, Humanitarian Action Can

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

As I scan the latest headlines about Ebola, I think not only of the rising death numbers, but also of the children, families, and local Plan staff that I have encountered during my visits to West Africa. We can all be humanitarian actors when it comes to fighting Ebola.

It's Time to Connect the Dots on Gender-Based Violence

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
Rosemary McCarney

When the headlines fade, the daily, persistent, and pervasive violence against girls and women around the world will continue unabated and generally unreported. And it will persist until people and their governments start connecting the dots between these headline-making atrocities and the everyday, out of the headlines, violence targeted at girls and women on public streets, in the household, in the workplace, and in and around schools and why these incidents happen.

There's No Excuse For Failure on Maternal and Child Health Anymore

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

The officials revealed that Prime Minister Stephen Harper was about to announce that Canada would renew its five-year $2.85-billion commitment to saving the lives of mothers, babies, and children who die needlessly from preventable causes around the world every year. After we digested that, there were lots of smiles in the room.