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Women & Global Peace: Inseperable

Posted on November 2, 2016

WE KNOW THAT THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA IS undergoing a significant review as to where it would like to place its 600 peacekeepers in the near future. In this troubled world, the opportunities for involvement seem almost endless, although it appears likely that the deployment will occur somewhere on the African continent. Many Canadians like the idea of returning to peacekeeping as a valid Canadian extension to the world, whether or not people choose to describe it by another term like peacebuilding or peacemaking. Yet given this country’s heightened awareness placed upon the role of women in its development programs, it would be helpful to look through a similar lens when considering anything to do with military peacekeeping. We’re not talking about female soldiers…

Blood Purple

Posted on June 19, 2014

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.” … Albert Einstein WHEN I ASSESS WHAT I EXPERIENCED YESTERDAY through these observations of Einstein, I realize I was never more fully alive. Standing before a filled to capacity Alumni Hall at Western University, and for the first time in life being introduced as “Doctor Glen Pearson,” I was carried along by emotions not of my own making and immersed in tradition far greater than any single life. And yet the subject of my commencement…

Poverty in Canada Has a Woman’s Face

Posted on April 17, 2014

FOUR YEARS AGO I ATTENDED AN INTERNATIONAL poverty forum with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.  We had been cooperating on an initiative for helping African girls to stay in school and he was a forceful proponent for equal opportunities in that continent for men and women. At one point he was asked what would be the one thing that he could do, if he had it in his power, to get rid of African poverty.  It was a big question, but his answer was bigger: “Invest in the women of every African country.”  The silence following that response was deafening because everyone in that room was seasoned in international development and Blair’s solution was almost breathtaking in its simplicity and scope. It’s easy…

Time to Roar?

Posted on October 30, 2013

Tonight is an important date for the London, Ontario group Pints and Politics.  The entire occasion centers on one key question Canadians have been asking for decades: Where are all the women in politics? There were various ways that question could have been put: Why won’t women run? Are there barriers to women entering the political spectrum?  Is it all just a man’s game?  They are all equally valid but the answers have been frustratingly slow in emerging.  Those attending the event tonight will get their chance to add their own perspective. I was in India when singer Helen Reddy released her chart-topping single I Am Woman.  By the time I arrived back home it had won the Grammy for 1972, became the theme…

Misery and Company

Posted on May 10, 2013

Few know it, but I cut my teeth on international work four decades ago in Bangladesh.  It was a sobering and humbling experience.  A terrible war, hunger, excessive flooding due to a furious monsoon season, and the ongoing animosities between West Pakistan and East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) made for a toxic brew for the young man I was.  Neither prepared for it nor capable of the level of performance required to truly help a beleaguered people, I nevertheless came to understand that they were devastated when I left – along with me went the hope that the rest of the world had been watching. Deep stirring and remembrances poured through me in these last few days at the thought of the brutal fire and…

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