Follow Canada's footprints around the world - from the building blocks of a 'peace school' in Mali to a Nunavut student cultural exchange in Peru with indigenous communities - we bring you stories from the field.
Eyes Abroad - stories from the field
2017-12-08 - 80 students from across Southeast Asia came together to tackle the environmental displacement of people in ASEAN due to global climate change. [ASEAN, October 2017]
2017-11-14 - Community storytelling inspires Indigenous youth in Peru to produce films on cultural and traditional knowledge in their rural communities. [Peru, October 2017]
2017-11-07 - A symposium on how to achieve the full participation of women with disabilities in democratic processes. [Pakistan, October 2017]
2017-11-03 - A dialogue on freedom of religion in Indonesia aimed to strengthen the commitment of local governments to respect and promote freedom of religion and belief. [Indonesia, March 2017]
2017-10-27 - Fisherwomen and their communities in East Java prepare for the effects of climate change with support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. [Indonesia, February 2017]
2017-10-25 - Vietnam’s energy system is increasingly carbon-intensive, using coal, gas and petroleum products such as petrol and diesel. These fossil fuels are some of the biggest contributors to global climate change and contribute to problematic air, soil and water pollution.
2017-10-19 - A comprehensive reproductive health centre in Jordan is a one-stop shop for antenatal, post-natal and family planning services for disadvantaged women. [Jordan, September 2017]
2017-10-19 - A mobile studio from Canada visits Oaxaca, Mexico to share best practices on how to create Indigenous community media. [Mexico, September 2017]
2017-10-11 - Qesaria is one of 196 schools throughout Jordan that has added a second shift in response to Jordan’s landmark commitment to get every child in school, regardless of their nationality. [Jordan, September 2017]
2017-09-14 - Canada and South Africa celebrate 20 years of film/TV co-production with new projects and workshops for young African filmmakers. [South Africa, July 2017]
2017-09-07 - 6 Degrees forum in The Hague brings together leading thinkers to share ideas on tackling inclusion issues in Europe.[Netherlands, August 2017]
2017-09-06 - Academics, government representatives, journalists, and the private sector from across Asia, Europe, and Canada came together to discuss the challenges of fake news and potential solutions. [Singapore, June 2017]
2017-08-25 - An indigenous village of farmers in Guyana venture into large-scale farming with the support of the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. [Guyana, August 2017]
2017-08-14 - In a series of initiatives throughout Pride Month, the Embassy of Canada in Guatemala supported local organizations and projects championing LGBTQ2 rights. [Guatemala, June 2017]
2017-08-14 - Canadian Senator Ratna Omidvar shares best practices on inclusion, diversity, and migration to a full house at the Embassy of Canada to Germany. [Germany, July 2017]
2017-07-21 - Families in Pakistan take part in the Right Start Initiative, which aims to improve nutrition for pregnant women, newborns, and young children. [Pakistan, July 2017]
2017-07-17 - This year, the Canadian Embassy in Thailand expanded engagement with LGBTI civil society in advance of IDAHOT 2017. Ambassador Donica Pottie shared her rainbow family story. [Thailand, June 2017]
2017-07-14 - In 2016, there were 800 deaths in Mexican rural and indigenous communities, due to pregnancy and childbirth complications according to the Observatory of Maternal Mortality in Mexico. Three Canadian indigenous midwives recently travelled to Mexico with a goal of spreading their knowledge. [Mexico, June 2017]
2017-07-12 - Sharing best practices to prevent radicalization and counter the devastating effects of terrorism across Europe. [Denmark and France, March 2017]
2017-07-10 - Women and girls face heightened risks due to displacement and the breakdown of normal protection structures and support in crisis settings according to a report by UN Women.
2017-07-07 - Students from Nunavut Sivuniksavut, an Ottawa college-level program, traveled to Nordic countries with a goal of connecting with indigenous communities outside of Canada. [Finland and Norway, June 2017]
2017-07-05 - Canadian Coast Salish artist, Luke Marston, promotes indigenous art and plans to donate an original sculpture to the city of Lisbon in partnership with the Canadian Embassy to Portugal.
2017-07-04 - A beekeeping project in Lesotho aims to develop economic opportunities and biodiversity for rural communities as a way to overcome widespread land degradation and poverty. [South Africa, June 2017]
2017-06-23 - Youth explore new challenges through skateboarding at an after school education program in Johannesburg. [South Africa, June 2017]
2017-06-15 - Student volunteers and locals collaborate on the construction of a retaining wall to prevent landslides in a vulnerable Tobagonian community.
2017-06-14 - Canada and Miaro Madagascar partner to empower rural women and their communities through agricultural skills training in Madagascar. [Madagascar, April 2017]
2017-05-10 - In 2015, the National Assembly of Vietnam passed the Revised Civil Code legalizing the rights of transgendered people to change their gender marker after gender reassignment surgery. Despite this advancement, LGBTI people are still subjected to stigma and discrimination in the family, workplace, school and society.
2017-05-04 - The Embassy of Canada to Vietnam partnered with the UN Women, the Gender-based Violence Prevention Network in Vietnam and other diplomatic missions to call on men and boys to help eliminate social barriers, promote gender equality, and empower women. [Vietnam, May 2017]
2017-05-02 - The threat is real: 63 journalists and communicators were killed in Honduras between 2001 and 2015. Fear of punishments has contributed to self-censorship and eroded the quality of journalism in Ecuador and Honduras. Training, professionalization and public support by the international community are needed.
2017-05-01 - Since 2011, Lebanon has been facing major challenges ranging mainly from the important influx of Syrian refugees in the country, the political vacuum that has lasted more than two years as well as the garbage crisis, which made the citizens take to the streets.
2017-04-24 - Child Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) is a persistent issue in Tanzania where 2 in 5 girls are married before 18 years old.
2017-04-11 - To highlight injustices in the world you need a group of courageous individuals who have a vision, take risks, and who are empowered by like-minded communities.
2017-04-11 - The startup and entrepreneurship culture is growing globally. In Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City in particular, is emerging as a hotspot. [Vietnam, April 2017]
2017-04-04 - The High Commission of Canada to Cameroon partnered with the Adamaoua Girls and Women Association (AGWA) and Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) to raise awareness about gender equality and to persuade traditional leaders to make changes towards an equal society.
2017-03-24 - The combatting of sexual violence is something which ideally should include every element of society, including men, so that they too can be agents of change.
2017-03-16 - Human rights defenders can be women, men, boys or girls of any background. What they all have in common are their efforts to promote and protect human rights even when doing so endangers their own lives.
2017-03-15 - Along with Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale is considered one of the top film festivals worldwide, and a vital European forum for film marketing and talent development.
2017-03-14 - Not only are journalists fighting for their right to report freely in Southeast Asia, they are also struggling to write powerful stories.
2017-03-13 - Women’s role in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction is important and necessary. [Georgia, March 2017]
2017-03-08 - Over the years, considerable strides have been made throughout South Asia but work remains. Canada is focused on achieving equitable and sustainable progress, improving women's status, and respecting women’s rights and contributions. [Sri Lanka, March 2017]
2017-03-06 - In Canada’s remote coastal and northern communities, sealing is an important part of the way of life and a much needed source of income for thousands of families. In addition to their economic value, seal products hold a significant cultural and traditional value to northern communities. [Estonia, March 2017 ]
2017-03-01 - Despite having reached gender equality in secondary and tertiary education, women in Brunei Darussalam have yet to realize the same level of economic participation and political empowerment as that of men. [Brunei, February 2017]
2017-02-27 - LGBTI individuals in Thailand do not face the same issues of criminalization and violence that are present in other Asia-Pacific countries. [Thailand, February 2017]
2017-02-28 - The Embassies of Canada to Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden hosted an event on Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) to better understand the behaviour of radicalized thinking and help address the gaps between the strategic level and how things work on the ground.
2017-02-27 - The Canadian Embassy to Sudan is partnering with the Embassy of Japan in Sudan, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Sudan National Commission on Counter Terrorism to fund the first public study on violent extremism in Sudan and an awareness raising video targeting youth.
2017-02-23 - To mark the Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, the Embassy of Canada in Washington hosted a tailgate and brunch for roughly 1800 guests. Guests had a view of the swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol and the parade along Pennsylvania Avenue.
2017-02-06 - Many Indigenous communities are facing health and wellness issues particularly those located in rural, remote and isolated areas. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heart health, cancer and mental health were identified as common health issues prevalent across Indigenous communities in both Canada and Australia.
2017-02-01 - Every year, 15 million girls around the world are forced to marry before their 18th birthday. Each of these girls has a story to tell.
2017-01-25 - In 2015 in Senegal, it was estimated that only 37% of girls enrolled in school, with the majority dropping out by secondary school. Girls are often excluded from education systems due to unintended marriages and pregnancies, as well as unfavorable school environments such as a lack of separate girls and boy’s washrooms.
2017-01-31 - The Embassy of Canada to Switzerland hosted a reception for National Aboriginal Day as a way of celebrating Canada’s unique heritage, diverse cultures and the outstanding contribution of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to Canadian identity today. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous Peoples.
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