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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.

#LiftHerUp On International Women's Day

Caroline Riseboro | Posted 03.08.2016 | 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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Food for Thought on World Refugee Day

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 08.18.2012 | Canada
Rosemary McCarney

There are an estimated 12 million displaced people on the planet at this moment and most of them are children. News of this came around the same time as the controversy surrounding Bill C-31, and the way the Harper government wants to crack down on immigration and refugees. But this World Refugee Day, let's be careful and conscious in our assessment of exactly who these people are.

The "Missing" Generation of Girls

John Laforet | Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada
John Laforet

It has been estimated that since the 1970s approximately 163 million girls have not been born due to sex selective abortions. In other words, couples waited until an ultrasound could determine the sex of the fetus and aborted because the fetus was female, resulting in 163 million girls not being born over the last 30 years.