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April 24, 2018

#BringBackOurGirls: Beyond the Hashtag

Four years ago this month, 276 school girls were abducted from the village of Chibok in northeastern Nigeria by a group of militants known as Boko Haram. Why? Because they dared to go to school, something Boko Haram – which loosely translates to “western education is forbidden” – felt entitled to prevent. Boko Haram began…

March 8, 2018

International Women’s Day: Beyond Hollywood

It’s been a big year for women’s rights. Women have bravely spoken out against abuse like never before and are standing proudly—marching, mobilizing and banding together—in support of other women and a more gender-equal world. This means that #TimesUp for those who have abused their power to demean, violate and silence women. A powerful movement…

March 1, 2018

Culture Wars: “Human rights and freedoms should not be bound by class or race or economics.”

Denise Donlon C.M., War Child Canada’s newest Board member, has been a cultural trailblazer since the 1980s. From MuchMusic to Sony Music to CBC Radio, Denise has broken glass ceiling after glass ceiling to become one of the most respected figures on the Canadian cultural landscape. Beyond that, she has been a passionate advocate for…

February 28, 2018

Culture Wars: Black History Month playlist

This Black History Month we have been posting a song a day from some of our favourite artists of colour. As the month comes to the end, we have created this playlist. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did putting it together. Clearly we have had to miss off some truly great…

February 1, 2018

Culture Wars: “Musicians who say nothing during times of turmoil will be forgotten.”

Popular culture and its interaction with politics, activism and aid has been central to our identity as an organization. As we enter 2018, that interaction has become intense. There are important conversations taking place that we want to be a part of, which is why we are starting a series of stories and interviews under…

January 11, 2018

#TimesUp in Hollywood—but not where we work.

“But it’s not just a story affecting the entertainment industry. It’s one that transcends any culture, geography, race, religion, politics, or workplace. So I want tonight to express gratitude to all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and…

October 24, 2017

What if women were given the chance to lead?

You may have seen the images. Thousands of Liberian women – both old and young, Christian and Muslim, all dressed in white – sitting in silent protest outside of Charles Taylor’s Presidential Palace during the civil war, demanding peace. These women mobilized for peace in other ways too, from mass demonstrations across the country, to

September 25, 2017

From Myanmar to Charlottesville

It has been a bad year. It feels like something particularly noxious has been unleashed. Bigotry and hatred fuel violence across the world – spilling out from foreign section right onto the front page. Even democracy’s safeguards appear to offer limited resistance to a wave of nationalism and ethnic and religious divisiveness that – while

September 6, 2017

What Are You Reading?

It’s National Read A Book Day in the US and International Literacy Day on September 8th, so we thought we’d join in the fun. Here are some of the books that having been preoccupying us over the summer. Nikki Whaites, Deputy Director, International Programs Escape from Camp 14 – I love non-fiction and this is

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