Congratulations Senator Ratna Omidvar

Press Release: 2018 Lewis Perinbam Award for International Development Winner: The Honourable Senator Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O.Ont.

We are pleased to announce that the recipient honoured with the 2018 Lewis Perinbam Award is the Honourable Senator Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O.Ont. Ratna Omidvar is an internationally recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion. She came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have been the foundation…

Cultivating Partnerships for Women’s Empowerment in Malawi: The Legumes Development Trust

No matter which social or economic indicators are used to rank the world’s poorest countries, Malawi consistently rises to the top. The development prospects for this small, landlocked country in southeastern Africa are uncertain; its challenges on the economic front – among others – significant; and its record for women’s rights, disastrous. Despite this, Driana…
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Women Transporting into Employment: Challenges and Opportunities in the Jordanian Transportation Sector

A new paper on creating and implementing gender-inclusive policies within the transportation sector from WUSC’s women’s economic empowerment initiative in Jordan. By: Emilie MacIsaac, Program Officer, WUSC As Jordanians make their way to work, the voice of famous singer Fairuz can be heard ringing through the opening store fronts and rolled-down car windows. Long, intertwined lines…

Empowerment through Education: A Global Agenda for Women and Girls

Join us in discussion on the challenges and solutions to education for women and girls around the world. Globally, more than 130 million girls are not attending primary or secondary school. During times of crisis and displacement, the situation worsens; refugee girls at the secondary level are only half as likely to enroll as refugee…

Press Release: York-Keele Local Committee Wins Local Committee of the Year Award

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Local Committee of the Year Award, York-Keele Local Committee! Announced annually at the WUSC and CECI International Forum, the Local Committee of the Year Award is awarded by the Board of Directors to recognize the recent contribution of a group of students to international development and the Student…

Vietnam: Three Weeks to Impact!

By Karen Densky, Volunteer, English for Specific Purposes Advisor, Uniterra Program What can be accomplished in three weeks? That’s a question I asked myself when I accepted the Leave for Change assignment in Vietnam. My goal was to improve the quality of English language teaching at Saigon Hospitality and Tourism College (STHC), in order to…

Fighting for Food Change: Empowering Female Nutrition Advocates through International Volunteering

  By Nadia Lampkin, Volunteer Research and Policy Analyst, Uniterra program 58% and 45%. These are the staggering rates of anemia in children under 5 and women between the ages of 15 and 49 in Tanzania, respectively. The irony is that Tanzania’s agricultural production is both prolific and extremely diverse. But 15-40% of crops are…

Moving the Needle on Gender Equality: A Women Deliver Mobilization Event at the 2019 Forum

Gender inequality continues to be key global concern. Unequal power relations between genders undermines our potential for progress around the world. When women and men do not have equal access to resources or equal opportunities to take part in decision-making, there are direct economic and social costs. Gender equality is therefore central to the creation…

Waves of Change: Women’s employment in construction in Ghana

The industrious sounds of construction echo throughout Accra. The Greater Accra Region is home to more than four million people, and that number is rising. Newcomers are pouring into the city every day, many of whom are searching for better opportunities. As a result, residential construction is booming. There is no shortage of work, as…

International Forum 2019: Early bird deadline extended!

The deadline for early bird pricing has been extended to December 7, 2018. Join us in Ottawa this January for the eighth annual WUSC and CECI International Forum. Register now and take part in one of Canada’s most engaging conferences on global development. Thank you to everyone who has already registered! If you have not already done so,…

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