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why write an op-ed

Write an op-ed to share your knowledge, opinion and passion independently from the newspaper’s viewpoint. Use up to 750 words to make your voice heard by exploring our campaign issue in detail, presenting new insights and ideas, and challenging the status-quo.

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When an issue is dominating the news, that’s what readers want to read about and op-ed editors want to publish. Timing is essential!

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Unfortunately, you can’t eliminate extreme poverty with 750 words, so focus on making a single point clearly and persuasively.

write a letter to the editor (LTE)

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why write an LTE

Write a letter to the editor (LTE) if you want to make your opinion heard in a timely manner. You don’t need a lot of research, and your LTE can be brief and to-the-point - just 200-500 words! When time is of the essence, choose to write an LTE.

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You have a better chance at getting published if you keep it short and sweet (and don’t be afraid to be bold!)

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Politicians are in their jobs because of you! As Canadians, we have voted them into office to represent us. So they want to hear from you to learn what issues you feel are most important.

use your voice on social media

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why use social media

Social media is a quick and easy way to speak up and tell your Member of Parliament (MP) that you care about immunization and access to vaccines. Get public attention and let Canada know that they should continue to be a global leader.

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Twitter is a news-centric platform! 71% of Twitter users get their daily news from Twitter making it a great platform to share and spread your news.

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Politicians are people too! Don’t be afraid to use social media to reach out to them about the issues that are important to you. 94% of online Canadians are on at least 1 social media platform so it makes sense for politicians to be active on social as well.

meet your Member of Parliament (MP)

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why meet your MP

Meet with your Member of Parliament (MP) if you want to make your voice heard by sharing your personal thoughts and stories about why a particular issue is so meaningful to you. Building a one-on-one relationship with your MP is the most effective way to make your opinion known on Parliament Hill.

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Sending a personalized handwritten letter by mail is one of the most influential ways to get your MP’s attention - but nothing tops the effectiveness of an in-person meeting.

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"The widening gap between rich and poor is not just natural phenomena. It is a sign that much of what we have been doing, especially in terms of models of economic growth, has been wrong."

- Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS Executive Director

#LeaveNoOneBehind is an important ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is the theme for our campaign that focuses this month on income inequality and the impact it has on the communities impacted most by COVID-19. In the fight against this pandemic, we need Canada to support a global and equitable response by investing in the strengthening of vulnerable communities.

income inequality
Income inequality is an extreme disparity of money and wealth, where a high concentration of income usually ends up in the hands of a small percentage of the people. When income inequality occurs there is a large gap between the wealth of one part of the population compared to another.

Income inequality has long been known as one of the main drivers of poverty. It leads to unequal access to basic needs like healthcare, education and food that creates a poverty trap that is often impossible for people to escape from. COVID-19 now exacerbates these difficulties because as people’s health is threatened, so is their ability to generate income.

COVID-19 is threatening to make both income inequality and poverty worse for millions of people around the world. On June 8, the World Bank estimated that COVID-19 would push an additional 71 million people into poverty. School closures have impacted around 90% of students worldwide (1.57 billion) including school feeding programs where an estimated 370 million children are not getting the school meals they depend on. No education or access to healthy, nutritious foods means the incomes of these future earners will be severely impacted.

We need Canada to invest at least 1% of their COVID-19 response in new and additional aid towards an emergency, global response. This investment along with a permanent increase to the Canadian aid budget will help countries finance diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics to fight COVID-19 directly, while also protecting the most vulnerable from indirect impacts like worsening food security, collapsing local economies and school shutdowns.

Ask #1: Canada to invest at least 1% of its COVID-19 response in new and additional aid towards a global response.

Ask #2: Canada must commit to a permanent increase in Canadian aid (ODA - Official Development Assistance) to ensure progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ending extreme poverty.

latest campaign wins

  • On June 27, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced CAD$300 million in funding - $120 million towards the ACT Accelerator to ensure global access to medicines, diagnostics and vaccines to fight COVID, and $180 million to tackle the growing global humanitarian crises.
  • On June 22, International Development Minister Karina Gould announced CAD$93.7 million in funding towards sexual and reproductive health for women and girls; this funding is from the CAD$1.4 billion funding package announced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the 2019 Women Deliver Conference.
  • On May 12, the Government of Canada announced that it will commit CAD$600 million over 5 years to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and CAD$190 million over 4 years for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI). Canada’s support will help Gavi vaccinate another 300 million children and save 7-8 million lives, and help GPEI continue to push for the eradication of polio.
  • On April 5, International Development Minister Karina Gould announced the allocation of CAD$159.5 million in funding to support international efforts to fight COVID-19 including to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations which is working on developing a vaccine.
  • See other actions taken by volunteers to date.
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Dr. Muhammad Yunus

Founder of the Grameen Bank and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 

Muhammad Yunus is a long time friend and champion of Results and spoke at the virtually-held RESULTS International Conference on June 20-21. He is the founder of the Grameen Bank, a microfinance organisation and community development bank founded in Bangladesh. He spoke about his history of working with RESULTS advocates to end global poverty and why now more than ever we need to address the injustices we face around the world.
“Poverty is the absence of all human rights. The frustrations, hostility and anger generated by abject poverty cannot sustain peace in any society. For building stable peace we must find ways to provide opportunities for people to live decent lives.”

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#CanadianAid
#Cdnpoli
#COVID19
#LeaveNoOneBehind
#KeepThePromise
#LeadOnCanada 

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Income inequality
Poverty trap
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