Canada launches new Feminist International Assistance Policy
“Focusing Canada’s international assistance on the full empowerment of women and girls is the most effective way for our international assistance to make a difference in the world. Sustainable development, peace and growth that works for everyone are not possible unless women and girls are valued and empowered.”
- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
15, 000 people, mainly Canadians, participated in the 2016 International Assistance Review consultations in 65 countries.
Within 5 years, investments in programs that will specifically target gender equality and the empowerment of women will represent 15% of Canada’s $2.6 billion bilateral development assistance, up from 2% in 2015-16.
All projects, in all sectors, will now have to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The new Women’s Voice and Leadership Program will allocate $150 million over five years to respond to needs of local women’s organizations in developing countries that are working to advance the rights of women and girls and promote gender equality. This will make Canada a leading donor in supporting women’s rights organisations in the developing countries.
Canada will ensure that no less than 50% of its bilateral assistance is directed to sub-Saharan African countries.
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