Eyes Abroad

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

  • Supporting Chilean society to sensitize men to violence against women

    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.

  • Honouring human rights leaders in Venezuela

    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.

  • Showcasing Canadian Filmmakers at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale)

    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.

  • Canada protecting freedom of the press and “bringing ASEAN to the people”

    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.

  • Taking action: peacebuilding in Tbilisi, Georgia

    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]

  • Young Women – Agents of Change: #FemParl II

    Young women – agents of change: #FemParl II closing event.

    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]

  • Canada and Estonia: Two sealskin designers, sharing expertise and creating opportunities

    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 ]

  • Brunei and Canada: building societies where women can shine

    2016 podium discussion participants.

    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]

  • Promoting inclusion: LGBTI rights in Thailand

    Ambassador Pottie with LGBTI activists from Canada, Cambodia, Lao PDR, and Thailand who participated in the Salzburg Global Forum.

    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]

  • Canada working toward Countering Violent Extremism

    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.

  • Preventing violent extremism in Sudan

    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.

  • An Inauguration event at the Embassy of Canada in Washington

    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.

  • Canada and Australia shine the spotlight on Indigenous health and wellness

    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.

  • Raising awareness about child marriage in Bangladesh

    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.

  • Canada in Senegal: Girls advocating for girls

    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.

  • Canada celebrating National Aboriginal Day in Switzerland

    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.