Rachel Nyakier stands in front of her land bare of any crops due to unpredictible and unreliable rains. Stella Madete/Oxfam.

Approximately 1.65 million people have been displaced by 21 months of violence in South Sudan, including around 630,000 people who are sheltering in neighbouring countries.

Syrian refugee women gather together in Suwere, a small town in Lebanon’s Bekaa valley. The small refugee settlement where these courageous women now call home is nestled between the fertile mountains of Eastern Lebanon, not far from one of Lebanon’s worl

I have a lot to be thankful for. Good health, a loving family, a home and a gratifying job. But like many, I often take these blessings for granted.  This year, however, is different.

Syrian refugee women living in an informal settlement line the side of a road mid-morning waiting to depart to the tomato fields in Lebanon's Bekaa valley. Photo credit: Maya Hautefeuille / Oxfam

Early reviews of last night’s Munk Debate on foreign policy have been positive. There was a substantive airing of some important issues. And there was glaring oversight too. Slightly more than half of all Canadians were not represented on the debate stage.

Up For Debate has a very clear goal: to put women’s rights and gender equality on the 2015 electoral map.

Wake up and smell the issues

Election season is heating up. The leaders debate on economic policy is almost upon us. And my mother wants me to say a few things to those who aspire to lead our country.

Hanin Al Halayal, 26, sit with her four week old baby Sana, 4-weeks , in the tent in which they now live in an informal settlement for Syrian refugees in north Bekaa Valley in Lebanon on September 10 2015.

On September 15th, 2015 in Ottawa there was an important event featuring three female Nobel Peace Laureates: Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Mairead Maguire (Northern Ireland), and Jody Williams (USA).


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