In 2022, the rollback of women’s rights made headlines around the world and it was hard not to be disheartened by the feeling of the ground shifting under us. But as we mark International Women’s Day 2023, we see signs of stabilization and the emergence of new pathways to regain yesterday's losses and set ambitious goals for the coming year.
Out of a 100-point score used to assess a country’s preparedness for the next pandemic, Canada scored 69 – a score that’s barely changed since 2019. Boosting this score and preparing for the next global pandemic will require significant planning well in advance.
Afghanistan’s return to Taliban rule was followed by economic upheaval and repressive policies, many of which targeted women, but without female staff, NGOs can’t reach those in need of assistance. Canadian aid organizations need clarity on what the ban means to move forward.
Long-term development goals around health, education and the rights of women and girls have been pushed aside by the Covid-19 pandemic, inflation, conflict and climate disasters. Global Affairs doesn’t index grants to inflation and many Canadians are giving less as they deal with inflation at home.
Youth-led environmental organizations are leading some of the most ambitious and passionate climate action initiatives around the world. Bringing their momentum to the international stage means prioritizing meaningful youth engagement in global climate decisions.
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