The International Issues Discussion Series at Ryerson presents:
Gender Equality: the Most Important Struggle on the Planet

Our guest will be Stephen Lewis, internationally renowned humanitarian, political figure, diplomat, author, and scholar. Board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, he is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University. Among many accomplishments, he is co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World in the United States and Senior Fellow of the Enough Project. He served on the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, and is an Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He also served as a Commissioner on the newly formed Global Commission on HIV and the Law, whose landmark report was released in July 2012. Lewis’ work with the United Nations spanned more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from between 2001 and 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Between 1970 and 1978 Lewis was leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, during which time he became leader of the Official Opposition. His awards include the Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement, and being named the inaugural recipient of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book Race Against Time and holds 35 honorary degrees from Canadian and American universities.

All are welcome and admission is free.

  • WHAT:
    Gender Equality: the Most Important Struggle on the Planet
  • DATE:
    April 17 – April 17,  2013
  • TIME:
    6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    upper level of the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre: 245 Church Street