Landon Pearson

Canadian Politician, Children's Rights Advocate
1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005

birthdate: November 16
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Landon Pearson has worked for the promotion and protection of children's rights for over 40 years! As the wife of a Canadian Diplomat, she raised their five children in a number of diverse countries from India to Mexico to the Soviet Union, and engaged in many different programs in those countries to improve the lives of children. In 1974, back in her native Canada, she cofounded Children Learning for Living, a prevention program in children's mental health. In 1979 she was the Vice Chair of the Canadian Commission for the International Year of the Child and from 1984 to 1990 she was the President and Chair of the Canadian Council on Children and Youth. In 1994 she was appointed to the Canadian Senate and continued to advocate for the rights of children. She was instrumental in shaping Canada's foreign policy on child labor, sexual exploitation of children, and war-affected children. She retired from the Senate in 2005, and on June 2, 2006, International Children's Day, The Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children's Rights officially opened. Landon Pearson was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize project.

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