Thirty students from the School of International Development and Global Studies recently had the opportunity to discuss development issues in person with the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of international development and la Francophonie.
The lively, wide-ranging Q&A took place on Friday, February 10, during the minister’s visit to campus. Topics included women’s empowerment in conflict and post-conflict settings, climate change adaptation, and human rights conventions that protect vulnerable groups.
“It was great to hear directly from Minister Bibeau about her vision for Canada's international development support,” said Andrea Khan, a PhD student who works at Global Affairs Canada as a child protection specialist. “She made it clear that Canada has an important role to play in empowering and protecting women and girls. This includes promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights, where leadership will be required to achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.”
Students found the informal gathering both informative and inspiring, while the minister and her team took away ideas on how to leverage the knowledge, talents and skills of youth to solve 21st-century development challenges.