23 June 2016

2015 Trudeau Scholar Erin Aylward has co-authored an op-ed in the Hill Times in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting tragedy with Doug Kerr and Karim Ladak, titled, "After Orlando: How Canada can do more to support gay peoples’ rights globally."

The writers survey four of 22 recommendations identified during the Dignity Initiative's Call to Action launched earlier this month. These priorities, write the authors, will allow Canada to "up its game" when it comes to supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) rights globally.  

The four recommendations are:

  • Recognize the need for priority processing of LGBTI people who are at risk and reduce wait times for private sponsorship applications;
  • Ensure that Canada’s international development assistance funding includes specific and mainstreamed funding for the rights of LGBTI persons;
  • Provide clear mandates, reporting structures, and resources to Canadian diplomats on the rights of LGBTI people;
  • Stop the export of homophobia and transphobia from Canada.

Sum total, the op-ed concludes: 

"We are heartened to see the readiness with which the current Canadian government has begun to engage in these conversations. In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, the need for concerted action and solidarity is even more paramount."

Aylward is a doctoral candidate in the Political Science, Women and Gender Studies Collaborative Program at the University of Toronto. 

Her thesis "Movements from the Margins: Examining the Impacts of Transnational LGBTQ Organizing in Zimbabwe and Ghana," examines the influence of advocacy and international diplomacy on public opinion and political action in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Erin Aylward

Erin Aylward (political science, University of Toronto) is analyzing the influence of advocacy and international diplomacy on public opinion and political action in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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