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

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.12.2014 | 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.

Nigerian Kidnapping Signals a Larger, Global Problem That We Can Change

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

The latest headlines about the kidnapping of some 300 Nigerian girls are part of an even larger and generally unreported story -- the widespread, worldwide tolerance of violence against women and girls. While the kidnapping is clearly an act perpetrated by an extremist group, it is also much more than that.

Use This Valentine's Day To Plant Trees, Not Destroy Them

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Diane Weber Bederman

Hallmark Canada estimated Canadians would buy 10 to 12 million Valentine's Day cards in 2013. That's about $27 to $29-million- on cards. Think of the trees that are cut down for those cards. Instead of destroying trees, why not plant them as a permanent marker of your love for them and love of the land?

Ice Storms, Typhoons and Even Wars Can't Beat Human Resilience

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

During the ice storm, people on my street helped each other in a number of ways, from providing food and shelter to clearing tree branches. People rose to the occasion. The community came together. Whether it is in Toronto, Tacloban or the South Sudanese capital of Juba, neighbours are the first responders. They are the ones who will rescue us from the rubble.

Three 2013 Moments with Profound Implications for our Future

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Three remarkable events from the past year stand out from my perspective as the head of an international development agency. All made headlines at the time, but those headlines merely touched the surface of the events' profound ramifications as we look forward to 2014.

How October 11 Became Day of the Girl

Aaron Winston Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Aaron Winston Smith

It's an alarming statistic that 66-million girls are out of school globally, and that there are 33-million fewer girls than boys in primary school. Back in September 2009, Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl initiative launched an online petition advocating for a Day of the Girl.

Urbanization Brings Great Opportunities, But Can We Survive its Risks?

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 06.19.2013 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

The international community struggles with the challenge of serving the world's poor in an urban environment. In this struggle, Plan turned its attention to one of the most vulnerable groups in poor urban centres -- young girls.

End Poverty by 2030, But Who Are We Leaving Behind?

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In recent weeks, we have heard statements from leaders on the international stage that we are on the path to eradicating absolute poverty in the next two decades. I'd prefer we wait to 2030 to really celebrate how much we did to close the gap and assure that these numbers reflect all countries and the people in them -- and that no one gets left behind.

Mali: The People Behind the Headlines

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

We've seen an increasing amount in the news about Mali lately. A West African country in the grips of a conflict so brutal almost 400,000 people, mainly women and children, have had to flee their homes. With these concerns in mind, Plan has been stepping up our regular programs in Mali to help people through this period in their lives.

This Season, It's Worth Remembering How Much One Gift Can Accomplish

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

While "Giving Tuesday" hasn't fully migrated north to Canada, the idea behind it is appealing. With all the ads and other reminders to shop and give at this time of year, I think it's worth stepping back for a moment to consider how and why we give and also the far-reaching results certain gifts can generate.

Living With Risk and Learning from Disaster Post-Sandy

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 01.16.2013 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Hurricane Sandy certainly got our attention. Billions of dollars (and counting) in damages. Communities crippled and left in the cold without electricity. Nearly 200 lives lost. Sadly, with the stark realities of climate change and frequency of extreme weather events, this likely won't be the last natural disaster we experience or witness in our lifetime or even this decade. So, what are we to do about that?

Making Sure Girls Matter Every Day of the Year is Paramount

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 12.24.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

On October 11, 2012 the world marked the first-ever International Day of the Girl. The celebration was bittersweet, though, given it occurred against the backdrop of worldwide shock and headlines concerning 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a young activist from Pakistan, shot in the head by a Taliban member because of her ongoing work and advocacy to ensure more girls get to go to school.

Actress Sarena Parmar Gives Back to Girls Everywhere [VIDEO]

Shannon Skinner | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg Canadian actress and emerging playwright, Sarena Parmar, has performed in film, television and on the stage. In this in-depth interview on Extraordinary Women TV with Shannon Skinner, Parmar discusses her rapid rise in her acting career, how her South Asian background has influenced her work, her interest in human rights and advocacy, and also her involvement with Plan Canada's "I Am A Girl" campaign.

What We Have to Learn from 142 of the World's Girls

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 11.25.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

This fall, we released a report from this study called, Hopes and Dreams, which provides a detailed look into the girls' lives at the tender age of five. There was good news: the majority of the girls in our study have parents who have high aspirations for them and who promote gender equality in their households.

Green Hunger, Mothers' Hopes, and a Child's Cry for Peace in Burkina Faso

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 11.16.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Just a few days ago I joined Canada's newly appointed Minister of International Cooperation, Julian Fantino on a trip to Burkina Faso in West Africa. Throughout this visit I was struck by many sights and sounds that will stay with me for a long time -- evidence of how the crisis is affecting lives, how people are coping, and what more needs to be done to avert a crisis from becoming an all-out catastrophe.

Giving Girls in Ghana the Tools to Make a Difference

Adiba Hasnat | Posted 11.02.2012 | Canada Impact
Adiba Hasnat

This summer, I had the amazing opportunity to visit Ghana as youth ambassador with Plan Canada. We know that young educated girls are vital for the growth of a community, but seeing it firsthand is a whole other kind of understanding. Ghana is no longer that faraway place that you might hear about on TV. It's a country full of youth just life us who can transform their community if they have the right tools to do so.

Sahel Food Crisis Is Not Just Another African Tragedy

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 10.19.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

Given the number of African famines and droughts I've seen as an aid worker over the last three decades, I can see how people could become apathetic over time, but I don't think it's fair, nor accurate, to dismiss this latest crisis in a "here we go again" kind of way.

How Youth Can Change the World

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 10.11.2012 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

In the course of my work at Plan I see so many young people with great potential of their own who have so few opportunities to explore or express it. Still, they bravely persist in striving to make their mark on the world, even in contexts of deprivation and conflict. Programs like Girls Making Media and International Youth Day, youth are changing the world.

Creating Lasting Change in Colombia

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 02.01.2012 | Canada
Rosemary McCarney

The Colombian youths I met represent a new generation of change in the country. The passion and potential I saw in all of them affirmed for me how important it is that we not turn our backs on them. Their work demonstrates what development assistance is really all about: investing in people.

Dolls For Girls, Trucks For Boys: What's Wrong With That?

The Huffington Post Canada | Arti Patel | Posted 12.14.2011 | Canada Living

Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau has a motto in her household: the awkward conversation is way better than the silence. No, she isn't talking about that c...

Teach Your Kids About Giving And Charity When They're Young

The Huffington Post Canada | Shelley White | Posted 12.05.2011 | Canada Living

As we go about our busy days -- fretting about deadlines, school lunches, car payments and credit card bills -- it can be difficult to make charity a ...

East Africa Famine: Time for a Co-ordinated Appeal in Canada

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.17.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

Since appeals first went out for donations to the east African famine, relief agencies have reported that approximately $16 million has come in from Canada. The figure for Britain, however, stands at £45 million in public donations. Why? It is our lack of organizational ability to combine our efforts that fails.

East African Famine: From Britain, a Model of Response

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.16.2011 | Canada
Glen Pearson

The Humanitarian Coalition, which I believe to be inspired by a similar British organization, is a group of seasoned NGO organizations who think that by working together on issues, they can get more done. But it's what they offer to confused Canadian donors that might well prove their most pivotal contribution.