GLOBAL VOICES COLUMN ARCHIVE

Giving a voice to the world's most fascinating untold global and social issues.

Changing the narrative—celebrating the contribution of young Muslim Canadians

Another young Canadian dies fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq. A new report from the Canadian Senate sounds the alarm about the radicalization of Muslims in Canada, and recommends clamping down on Canadian Imams. Ten young Islamic Canadians are arrested at Pierre Elliott Trudeau airport in Montreal before they can board a plane to Syria to joi...

July 31st, 2015 read more

Thomas King’s lessons in history, humour and compassion

  The black and white photo is an almost cliché depiction of simpler, happier times. Two young boys, dressed up in Roy Rogers-esque cowboy duds. Ironically, both cowboys are actually Indians. The photo grabbed my attention from the moment I arrived at the Guelph, Ont., home of Thomas King, one of North America’s foremost aboriginal auth...

March 14th, 2015 read more

Cooperation at the heart of a generous donation

When Canadian music industry mogul Gary Slaight announced his foundation was giving a $7 million donation to seven non-profit organizations, he didn’t just hand over a cheque. He presented a vision. Slaight wants non-profits to come out of their silos and change the world with cooperation. Through the Slaight Family Foundation, seven Canadian o...

February 28th, 2015 read more

The world’s 51 million refugees are living in limbo

Clemantine Wamariya went years without taking a shower. Living with the filth and stench was still preferable to risking rape in a refugee camp bathroom. Wamariya was six years old when, fleeing the 1994 Rwanda genocide, she walked through the gates of her first refugee camp, clutching her teenage sister’s hand. It would be six more years befo...

August 25th, 2014 read more

Archbishop Desmond Tutu reminds the world that forgiveness is divine

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.” – Mahatma Ghandi It was March, 2002, when soldiers came knocking at the door of Tel Aviv mother Robi Damelin. A Palestinian sniper had ended the life of her 28-year-old son, David. The first words from her mouth were: “Do not take revenge in the name of my son.” Today Damelin w...

August 12th, 2014 read more

The man behind Malala

Ziauddin Yousafzai thought the Taliban might come for him. Only him. For years, he’d run schools that educated girls in Pakistan’s Swat Valley District. And the threats came regularly. “We took it for granted they would never go for a child.” As the world knows, they did. As his daughter, Malala, clung to life with a Taliban bullet lod...

July 28th, 2014 read more

Why Kofi Annan is banking on the world’s youth

  Is it just us, or does the world feel a bit scarier lately? Eastern Europe rumbles like a warming volcano as the Ukraine and Russia trade gunfire and western nations rattle sabres. Israel and Palestinian militants are once again clashing in Gaza. In Syria, 3 million people have fled to escape civil war—the largest migration since World ...

July 21st, 2014 read more

Searching for diversity among Canadian icons

“Society needs heroes to rejuvenate, re-energize and renew itself with visions of the possible. That’s what heroes do.” –Roberta Bondar, first Canadian woman in space. Heroes are mirrors. The individuals we choose to place upon pedestals reflect the values we cherish and the people we aspire to become. So what does our latest effort to i...

June 30th, 2014 read more

How to tackle child marriage and FGC

In a developing community, a child willingly skipping class is nigh unthinkable; education is a resource more precious than gold. So when the students filed in to see Khady’s empty seat, it was a gaping void that could not be ignored. The 12-year-old had been pulled from school by her father. She was to be married the next day. Child marriage...

May 20th, 2014 read more

Mia Farrow’s ode to the world’s strongest mothers

Mia Farrow has been to some of the worst places on Earth, and met women who’ve suffered crushing adversity. Her awe was palpable as she described their strength and resilience. “I’ve never met a weak mother,” Farrow said. “Everywhere I see mothers, to whom awful things have been done, who have lost everything. Yet they are willing to f...

May 5th, 2014 read more