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A Charter of Rights for North America: A Proposal and Analysis

There is evidence to suggest that Canadian, American, and Mexican political values are moving closer together, which may allow for the eventual establishment of a charter of rights for North America, said Woodrow Wilson Center public policy scholar James McHugh at an event hosted by the Canada Institute. The program offered an opportunity for McHugh to present his research on the potential to deepen relations among NAFTA members through the adoption of a continental charter of rights.

Ethnohistorical Evidence and Aboriginal Claims in Canada and the United States

On May 4, 2006, the Wilson Center's Canada Institute and Division of United States Studies hosted a roundtable discussion with a distinguished panel of experts on the role of ethnohistory in aboriginal claims in Canada and the United States.

Arthur J. Ray, Professor, History Department, University of British Columbia; Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow

Designing Health and Population Programs to Improve Equity: Moving Beyond the Rhetoric

"There needs to be ongoing flexibility and creativity in our ways of approaching health equity," said John Borrazzo of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at a recent Global Health Initiative event at the Wilson Center. Borrazzo is the chief of the Maternal and Child Health Division in the Bureau for Global Health.

Carrying Capacity: Should We Be Aiming to Survive or Flourish?

"In the eyes of many governments, population has, as we all know, been a rather uncomfortable topic for a number of years," said Nobel Laureate Sir John Sulston, FRS, chair of the Institute for Science, Ethics, and Innovation at the University of Manchester and chair of the Royal Society's "People and the Planet" working group.

Book Discussion: Murder in the Name of Honor: The True Story of One Woman's Heroic Fight Against an Unbelievable Crime

"Honor killings" claim the lives of 5,000 women every year in many traditional societies around the world, as well as in migrant communities in Europe and the United States. Such killings are often carried out by the victims' relatives to "cleanse" the family's honor following a perceived violation

Murder in the Name of Honor breaks the silence surrounding this crime with personal stories from both high-profile and still-untold cases. It describes the author's battle to change outdated laws and expose governments that turn a blind eye to the murder of thousands of women.

Sexual Violence Against Minors: Scope, Consequences, and Implications

"Sexual violence against minors is a global health issue and must be addressed in a developing context," argued Michal Avni, gender advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development at a Global Health Initiative and Environmental Change and Security Program event on October 20, 2009. Affecting one of the most disenfranchised populations--youth—such sexual violence is often accompanied by stigma and shame, while ethics and methodology issues make conducting research on this disturbing problem difficult.