AIDS is a gender issue, particularly in Africa. Women and girls – through risk of sexual violence, or early and forced marriage, or through a general lack of awareness about AIDS, including transmission risks and protection measures – are at unique risk.
There are many issues that demand thoughtful consideration, from reconciliation with Indigenous peoples to addressing climate change and its impacts on food security, to ending poverty and gender-based violence.
On Monday, September 20th, Canadians will go to the polls to elect our next federal government. Opinion surveys suggest it is a very close race. While international development has not garnered the attention it deserves, issues affecting women and equality have, including climate change, vaccination, and gun control.
This week, I am reflecting on civic responsibility and my role as a citizen as Canada marks National Volunteer Week. As the theme for the week, The Value of One, The Power of Many, underscores, we can – and we must – each contribute to changing the world. In particular, I respectfully suggest it is time for men to step up.