Development dialogue with Minister Bibeau

Posted on Monday, February 13, 2017

Une femme sourit et fait des gestes en s’adressant à des étudiants réunis autour d’une table.

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, minister of international development and la Francophonie, chats with students during an informal discussion on campus.

Deux femmes accoudées à une table prêtent l’oreille.

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.

Un étudiant prend la parole, tandis que d’autres lui prêtent leur attention.

PhD student Maurice Dikaya, centre, contributes to the discussion.

Une femme et trois hommes sourient à l’entrée du Pavillon des sciences sociales.

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau arrives at the Social Sciences Building. From left: Marcel Mérette, dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences; Jacques Frémont, president of the University of Ottawa; and Sanni Yaya, director of the School of International Development and Global Studies.

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