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What's Missing From Our Mission To End Malaria?

Plan International Canada | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

When it comes to global killers, malaria is one of our planet's deadliest perpetrators. In fact, half of the world's population -- 3.2 billion people -- is at risk. In 2016, one child died from malaria every two minutes. Like so many of our most pervasive diseases, malaria is even deadlier for women and children.

How Walking To Work Can Help End Child Marriage

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

Given the fragile nature of our planet's environment, there are lots of things to think about this Earth Day But this year, I'm thinking about how climate change -- and the droughts that are becoming more frequent and more severe as a result -- is affecting some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.

Take Up Space With Your Voice

Plan International Canada | Posted 04.07.2017 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

We are all learning to find our voices and we are all advocates for a cause, whether or not we realize it. So take up space, and raise your voice. If you don't know what to say, then sing, dance, or build something. Find a way to tell your story.

80 Years On And Not Enough Has Changed

Plan International Canada | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Eighty years ago, the Spanish Civil War resulted in a vast displacement and large number of unaccompanied child refugees. It was from the ashes of that crisis that Plan International was created. I am sure John Langdon-Davies, the founder of Plan International, would be heartbroken to know how urgently, in so many parts of the world, our work is still needed.

You Won't Learn How Important Water Is Until It's Gone

Plan International Canada | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Here in Canada, most of us don't really think about water. Easy access to clean drinking water is part of our daily expectations. But in many parts of Kenya, where I recently visited to see some of Plan International Canada's programs, it's impossible not to think about water -- or rather, the severe lack of it.

What Do The World's Refugee Children Want To Tell You In 140 Characters?

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

This week marks International Development Week. It comes at a time when people seem to be increasingly shutting their doors and hearts to the world's most vulnerable. As members of the global community, we must seize this moment by standing up for the world's refugees.

Remember The Women's March When Times Are Tough

Plan International Canada | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Our presence was impossible to ignore, and showed what was possible as we begin a new sort of movement. A movement with women at the helm. A movement with no leader, instead motivated by a unifying commitment to the fight for justice and equality.

Canada Must Be A Shining Light For World's Women During Dark Days

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

Fears that the divisive politics which characterized Brexit and the U.S. presidential election will undermine liberal democracies across the globe, and put the world's most vulnerable people in harm's way, have never been greater. They are not misplaced -- right now real lives and a meaningful Canadian identity are at stake.

This Giving Tuesday, Let's Own Our Canadian Identity

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

Though Canada is far from immune to the forces of intolerance, we generally still self-identify as generous, socially conscious citizens. In this moment of unease and unrest, it's heartening that we see ourselves as the world's helpful, conscientious neighbor. Well Canada, this week we have the chance to put our money where our identity is.

Donald Trump's Win Demands That We All Fight Harder

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Caroline Riseboro

Hillary Clinton has been called shrill and cold, where a man might be called firm and resolute. Her election journey was paved with sexism and impossibly high standards, and she had to prove her worth repeatedly despite Donald Trump's evident lack of competence and experience in politics. Never before has there been such a clear example of an underqualified man getting the job over a highly competent woman.

Girls Can Be Superheroes And Boys Can Be Princesses

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Caroline Riseboro

What are you going to be for Halloween? The answer for many girls will be different in 2016: after 11 years as the most popular costume, princess has been beaten out by superhero. Halloween and the costumes we choose are mirrors of our culture, reflecting back to us our values, taboos and norms.

When It Comes To Girls' Empowerment, Seeing Is Believing

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

Despite my careful, concerted efforts to raise a son who believes in a just and equal world, the prevailing image he saw was that of the American president. He saw a president as a man. From Hollywood blockbusters to the daily news cycle to social media streams, the dominant image of power is male.

It Is All Of Our Responsibility To Help Girls Everywhere Defy The Odds

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

From magazine covers to real life -- girls are still discriminated against. The reality is that young girls face more adversity than others due to their age coupled with their gender, making them one of the most vulnerable groups in the world.

I Want My Son To Grow Up In A World Free Of Deadly Epidemics

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

This time of year, parents are acutely aware of the complexities of raising a child. But imagine if another variable -- a potentially deadly disease -- could affect your child at any moment. For millions of people around the world, uncertainty is a daily reality.

Humanitarians Work Tirelessly Toward A Vision Of Shared Humanity

Plan International Canada | Posted 08.19.2016 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

The enormity of the humanitarian crises facing the world are sometimes difficult to comprehend, let alone productively address. But humanitarian workers are working hard in Tanzania and in other countries around the world to support people living in the most difficult situations imaginable.

Youth Are Ready To Take On The World

Plan International Canada | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Impact
Plan International Canada

Many people acknowledge youth to be the leaders of tomorrow and understand that we are the voices of the future; however, this International Youth Day, the world must recognize that youth leadership is also key to tackling the biggest issues facing the world today.

To End Rape Culture, We Must Re-Evaluate Notions Of Manhood

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

Partnering with men and boys involves helping them develop a healthy, non-violent, and respectful outlook towards themselves and their relationships, and models of manliness where they are equals amongst their peers. Engaging boys and adolescents in the process at all levels is also key to empowering a generation of young people with the capacity to claim their own rights and respect those of everyone around them.

Beyond Brexit, Let's Take A Cue From Our Youth

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 06.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Caroline Riseboro

Numbered at 1.8 billion, the world is now home to the largest generation of young people aged 10 to 24 in its history. Having grown up in a digital era and more connected than ever before, younger generations are able to see the world's boundaries as more fluid, recognizing their shared interests and values with people around the globe.

Embrace Our Shared Humanity This World Refugee Day

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

Each refugee-producing situation is different and could be caused by a range of catalysts, including war, political unrest, terrorism or even climate change. However, within each situation, there is one constant: that the needs of girls consistently go unheard and unmet.

We Must Exercise Our Power To Stand With Girls

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 06.13.2016 | Canada Impact
Caroline Riseboro

I am calling on all Canadians to empower girls because we live in a globally connected world where rape and other forms of gender-based violence are pervasive. Canadians must realize that we are only as strong as our most vulnerable and that girls are among the most vulnerable population in the world.

This Ramadan, Let's Call For An End To The Global Refugee Crisis

Islamic Relief Canada | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Impact
Islamic Relief Canada

The holy month of Ramadan is upon us. This is a time when Muslims all around the world abstain from all food, drink and sexual pleasure during daylight hours. It is also a time when Muslims remember those less fortunate around the world by giving a portion of their wealth to charitable causes. Every Ramadan, here at Islamic Relief Canada, we pick a global issue that we campaign and fundraise on, and this month we're calling for more action towards ending the global refugee crisis.

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 04.26.2017 | 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.

#LiftHerUp On International Women's Day

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living
Caroline Riseboro

Each year, 15 million girls under 18 will be married; that's 41,000 each day, or nearly one girl every two seconds. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are the second-leading cause of death of 15 to 19 year old girls globally. And, frighteningly, 30 per cent of girls aged 15 to 19 around the world experience violence by a partner. Even here at home, three times as many Canadian women as men report being held back in some way due to their gender.