John Stackhouse is a Toronto-based author, and senior fellow at the C. D Howe Institute and the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs. He was previously editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail.
In Africa, Ebola and women's rights are not unrelated. As Bertha, one of the young women in the book, says: "When you educate a girl, everything changes." Everything. Among the many ugly lessons from the Ebola zone is the cost of poor primary health care, and how it is directly correlated to female literacy. We know better. From Vietnam to Jordan to Ghana, we know that frontline health care improves when women are involved. Better still if they are in charge, as professionally trained workers, and educated mothers with freedom to make health care decisions for their families.
In the mid 1990s, when I was a correspondent for the The Globe and Mail in New Delhi, Kailash Satyarthi was an emerging figure in the anti-child labour movement. Today, his long march was recognized with a Nobel Peace Prize, which he will share with the equally unwavering Malala Yousafzai. She will get much of the world's attention, for good reason. But Kailash shouldn't be overshadowed. And no one should forget Iqbal Masih, the Pakistani boy who inspired them both, escaping from child labour at age 10, speaking out intentionally and than being shot dead, at age 12, in his hometown of Muridke.
10/10/2014 09:54 EDT
In an age when superstars think they're bigger than the team, and the ownership, Jeter knew otherwise. Even a 14-time all-star was still an employee, and George Steinbrenner, until he passed away in 2010, was the boss. Jeter revered the boss, but also managed to connect him with the crowd. One of their better moments together was a VISA commercial, in which they're filmed in a conga line at a Manhattan night club.
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