Feminism and Foreign Policy – October 29, 2017

Perspective with Alison Smith

Feminism and Foreign Policy – October 29, 2017

This week on Perspective with Alison Smith: Feminism and Foreign Policy

Alison speaks to former Prime Minister Kim Campbell about Canada’s role in the world and what a feminist foreign policy would mean for the country.

Valerie Percival, assistant professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, talks to Alison about the government’s feminist international assistance policy and how it could be improved upon.

Clara Berglund, secretary general of the Swedish Women’s Lobby, speaks to Alison about Sweden’s feminist foreign policy.

Alison also talks to Elmira Bayrasli, co-founder of the organization Foreign Policy Interrupted, about how including more women’s voices in foreign policy discussions can help broaden the debate.


Alison Smith

Alison Smith

Alison Smith is one of Canada’s best known and respected broadcast journalists. As an anchor and reporter for more than three decades, she was a senior award-winning member of the CBC News team. She has reported from every Canadian province and territory and across the globe.

She has hosted a wide range of network TV and radio news programs including The National, CBC News Morning and CBC Radio’s The World at Six. As a live news anchor, reporter and foreign correspondent, some of the stories she has covered include the September 11th attacks, the death of Princess Diana, elections in Israel, South Africa and Mexico and as Washington correspondent, she covered the historic election of US President Barack Obama.

She is a multiple Gemini nominee and has won international recognition for her work including a Gracie Award from the Alliance for Women in Media, a Friendship Award from South African Women for Women, and was named a Woman of Achievement by Hadassah-WIZO Canada. She was educated at the University of British Columbia and Ryerson University. She is also the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Okanagan University College (now UBC Okanagan).