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Caroline Riseboro

President and CEO, Plan International Canada

Caroline Riseboro leads Plan International Canada’s operations as President and CEO.

Prior to joining Plan in March 2016, Riseboro was the Senior Vice-President, Marketing & Development at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation. She has also held several senior executive roles in the international development sector, including Senior Vice-President at World Vision Canada where she oversaw its advocacy both nationally and globally –as the first and youngest woman in the agency’s history to serve in this senior role.

Her volunteer leadership positions span across numerous boards and task forces including, Imagine Canada, the Association of Fundraising Professionals GTA chapter, and the Canadian Marketing Association’s Not-For-Profit Council. She has been credited as an innovator and champion of ground-breaking and award-winning campaigns that have engaged Canadians in new ways on some of the world’s toughest issues.
What The World's Moms Really Need This Mother's

What The World's Moms Really Need This Mother's Day

Mothers and mother figures around the world share a common bond: the desire to see loved ones -- especially our children -- healthy and thriving in a safe environment regardless of our race, religion, socio-economic status, or where we call home.
05/12/2017 02:03 EDT
We Refuse To Go Backwards On Girls'

We Refuse To Go Backwards On Girls' Education

When the news broke that President Trump's administration might be ending the Let Girls Learn initiative -- a program that provides educational resources and tools to adolescent girls in underdeveloped countries -- there was an immediate outcry on social media. What reason could there be to end such an inarguably positive initiative?
05/04/2017 03:46 EDT
How Walking To Work Can Help End Child

How Walking To Work Can Help End Child Marriage

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.
04/21/2017 02:14 EDT
Canada Must Be A Shining Light For World's Women During Dark

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

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.
12/19/2016 03:16 EST
Donald Trump's Win Demands That We All Fight

Donald Trump's Win Demands That We All Fight Harder

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.
11/09/2016 11:06 EST
Girls Can Be Superheroes And Boys Can Be

Girls Can Be Superheroes And Boys Can Be Princesses

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.
10/28/2016 03:01 EDT
When It Comes To Girls' Empowerment, Seeing Is

When It Comes To Girls' Empowerment, Seeing Is Believing

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.
10/06/2016 04:29 EDT
I Want My Son To Grow Up In A World Free Of Deadly

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

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.
09/16/2016 05:20 EDT
Female Olympians Are Not Their Appearance Or Marital

Female Olympians Are Not Their Appearance Or Marital Status

Through unrelenting determination and sheer talent, you finally reach the world's greatest theatre of athleticism -- a level of competition few ever reach. You are an Olympian. Then you see it: the headline describing your victory reads, "Wife of a Bears' lineman wins a bronze medal today in Rio Olympics."
08/12/2016 10:54 EDT
To End Rape Culture, We Must Re-Evaluate Notions Of

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

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.
07/27/2016 02:15 EDT