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Why Education Cannot Wait In Emergencies

Plan International Canada | Posted 05.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Despite the fact that children themselves consistently prioritize education above all else, when asked about their greatest needs during times of crisis, less than two per cent of humanitarian funding currently goes towards education. There is still a very narrow perception that when a crisis hits, education is simply a nice to have, rather than a need to have. Food, water, shelter and sanitation always seem to take precedent. And although all of those things are essential, I reject the notion that education is not equally as important.

Empowering Adolescent Girls Strengthens Women's Rights Worldwide

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

The painful fact is the first thing to be compromised during a humanitarian emergency is the integrity of girls' rights. The everyday realities of many adolescent girls -- which often include early marriage, discrimination and lack of access to education -- are made far worse in the wake of a major disaster.

The End Of The Malaria Epidemic Is Within Reach

Plan International Canada | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Living
Plan International Canada

This year, the World Health Organization is calling on the global community to "end malaria for good" by lowering the global malaria burden over the next 15 years, and reducing malaria death rates by at least 90%. We still have a long way to go, but the end of the malaria epidemic may finally be in sight, and could even be achieved within our lifetime.

What You Say To Her Profoundly Impacts Women Around The World

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 03.08.2016 | Canada Living

She isn't real but that doesn't mean your words don't have impact.

Championing Human Rights At Home And Abroad

Plan International Canada | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Rather than close the Global Affairs Canada's Office of Religious Freedom, Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion should seize the opportunity to transform it into a real force for change for all excluded minorities in developing countries.

Looking For An Original Gift Idea? Look No Further

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 12.22.2015 | Canada Impact

What do you get the person who has everything?

Women Will Remain Vulnerable Unless We Act Together

Plan International Canada | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Girls living in poverty across the developing world are also much more likely to be subjected to violence than their brothers. Many believe girls have no business being in school. Many are forced against their will into marriage and intercourse in their teens. Two out of three victims of child trafficking around the world are girls.

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 05.20.2016 | 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 05.10.2016 | 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.