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Vivian Gu is a medical student in the Class of 2020 at the University of British Columbia


Recently I had the opportunity to attend the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Held every year, it’s a gathering of more than 9000 government officials and representatives from advocacy groups and NGOs worldwide. They come together in throes, dressed in everything from stiff suits to colourful swaths of cultural garb, and for two weeks, assemble to advocate for women and the challenges they face back home. By the end, a collection of recommendations is aggregated to shape the global agenda on gender equality and the empowerment of women worldwide for the year to come. ...continue reading

C Marinangeli is the Director of Nutrition, Science and Regulatory Affairs at Pulse Canada

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Mohammad Abdullah is a Research Associate at for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals at the University of Manitoba

carlbergJared Carlberg is the Associate Dean in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Science at the University of Manitoba

Peter Jones is the Director and a Professor at for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals at the University of Manitoba


Each year the United Nations declares an “” of observance that highlights and bolsters awareness around a specific theme or concept. The “International Year” is promoted across the globe to encourage a mindfulness of global challenges and, ideally, meaningful change. In previous years, multiple paradigms were promoted - for example, 2014 was declared the “International Year of Family Farming,” “International Year of Crystallography” and “International Year Small Island Developing States”, while, 2015 was declared the “International Year of Soils” and “International Year of Light-based Technologies.” Intriguingly, the year 2016 International is comprised of a single theme, the “.” ...continue reading