Desiree Buitenbos

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Gender and coronavirus: why women are bearing the brunt of COVID-19

| Mar 30, 2020

Gender norms and expectations play a role in how women are impacted by coronavirus. See 5 reasons why women are bearing the brunt of COVID-19. Read more »

3 ways children are impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19)

| Mar 20, 2020

Although children appear less affected by COVID-19 than adults, the coronavirus pandemic can alter their lives. See the 3 ways COVID-19 can impact children. Read more »

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to know

| Mar 13, 2020

What is coronavirus and where did it come from? Get the answers and find out what you need to know about the new coronavirus, COVID-19. Read more »

Meet 3 inspiring women shattering gender norms in the workplace

| Feb 25, 2020

Meet Ann, Quline and Winnie. These 3 exceptional women share 1 common goal: to remove barriers for women who want to pursue careers in male-dominated fields. Read more »

Solar empowered women: Kenya’s renewable energy entrepreneurs

| Feb 24, 2020

See how Plan International Canada's Kilifi Solar Project is working to combat climate change while also empowering women to become successful entrepreneurs. Read more »

Forced to undergo FGM at 12 then told to get married: Isha’s story

| Jan 23, 2020

Isha* was 12 when she was forced to undergo FGM. Soon after, her family expected her to get married but she refused. This is Isha's story in her own words. Read more »

The dark side of tourism: how underage girls are sexually exploited in the Dominican Republic

| Jan 6, 2020

1 in 4 sex workers in the Dominican Republic is under the age of 18. Meet one survivor who was exploited by tourists and see how she turned her life around. Read more »

3 Reasons to Consider Ethical Giving this festive season

| Dec 2, 2019

More Canadians would like to receive ethical gifts over the holidays. Find out why and see the 3 reasons you should consider shopping ethically this year. Read more »

Why harassment and catcalling won’t keep these girls out of school

| Nov 12, 2019

Street harassment is keeping girls out of school in communities across Egypt. See how we're working with local youth to challenge this harmful norm. Read more »

Meet the girl with one leg who walks 4 hours to get to school

| Sep 30, 2019

Adela was born with 1 leg and must walk 4 hours to get to school. Meet this inspiring girl and see why she will stop at nothing to learn and succeed. Read more »

7 reasons why millions of children are out of school

| Sep 10, 2019

263 million children, adolescents and youth are out of school worldwide. Find out what’s holding them back and see 7 major barriers to children's education. Read more »

Where it’s taboo to talk about sex, this teacher refuses to be silent

| Jul 30, 2019

In Ecuador, pregnancy among girls under 15 increased by 78% between 1990 and 2009. Meet a teacher who is working with students to reduce these statistics. Read more »