Pluralism and the Pandemic

“We Are in This Together”

The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson

Madame Clarkson reflects on the fragility of our societiesthe changing nature of media and journalism, and how far Canada has come since she arrived as a child refugee.  

Illustration by Brandon Serbec

Introduction

Meredith Preston McGhie

The pandemic has affected all of us – but in vastly different ways. Meredith Preston McGhie introduces this new digital initiative.

Photo: Kenya, April 22, 2020. World Bank / Sambrian Mbaabu CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Canada’s Role on the Global Stage

Article by the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark

Canada and pluralism both have key roles to play in responding to the pandemic, says former Canadian Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark.

Photo: Patrick Doyle

ABOUT THE PORTAL

This new digital initiative from the Global Centre for Pluralism explores the impacts of the pandemic from the perspective of pluralism. The pandemic has reinforced that we live in a global community – what happens to one society affects all of us. It is therefore the responsibility of every individual to become an advocate for pluralism. We invite you to explore the themes below.

Featured Analysis

How the Pandemic Threatens Kenya’s Socio-Economic Gains

Article by Daniel Otieno

Throughout Africa, COVID-19 is threatening to erode gains made in socio-economic development. The pandemic has created a dire situation in Kenya, particularly...

The Massive Challenge of Governing Online Spaces Across Africa

An interview with Nanjala Nyabola

Nanjala discusses how the pandemic and trans-national movements like Black Lives Matter are already moving the dial on the future...

Democratizing data is key for addressing inequalities during COVID-19

Article from OpenGlobalRights

Data plays a crucial role in informing public policies and decision-making. Having representative and inclusive data is important, because it...

“We Are in This Together”: How Our Shared Fragility Reminds Us of Our Shared Humanity

An interview with the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson

Madame Clarkson reflects on the fragility of our societies, the changing nature of media and journalism, and how far Canada has come since she arrived...

How the Law Is Failing India’s Marginalized Groups During the Pandemic

Article by Niraja Gopal Jayal

Niraja Gopal Jayal discusses the deep inequalities that have been magnified by the pandemic in India.

Pluralism in a Fractured World: The Challenge of Our Times

An interview with Meredith Preston McGhie

Ms. Preston McGhie reflects on how pluralism contributes to conversations on systemic racism and marginalization around the world and how the Centre is addressing...

What We're Reading:

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