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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…

November 8, 2017

Required Listening

Galawezeh Bayiz – our Country Director in Iraq – was in Toronto for our What If..? Gala this week. This morning she appeared on CBC Radio’s The Current, in a wide ranging interview that gave a terrific insight into the situation in that country and our work with women who have suffered greatly at the…

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 the foreign news 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…

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