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Sally Armstrong

Author and humanitarian

Sally Armstrong

Human rights activist, journalist and award-winning author Sally Armstrong has covered stories about women and girls in conflict zones around the world.

Sally served recently on the International Women’s Commission, a UN body that consists of 20 Palestinian women, 20 Israeli women and 12 internationals whose mandate was assisting with the path to peace in the Middle East. She was editor-in-chief of Homemaker's magazine from 1988 to 1999, is the host of several documentaries and the author of several books. In 1998 she was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

From Bosnia, Congo and Somalia to Rwanda and Afghanistan, her eye-witness reports have earned her many awards, including the Gold Award from the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the Author's Award from the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Letters. She’s a three-time winner of the Amnesty International Canada Media Award in 2000, 2002 and 2011.

Sally’s many honours include the prestigious Women of Distinction Award in Communications from the YWCA of Toronto, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation. She has received eight honorary doctorate degrees from Canadian universities.

As a Plan International Canada Celebrated Ambassador, Sally shares her expertise and passion for human rights in support of Plan International’s mission to create a just world for all children, especially girls.