Minister Bibeau announces support to Women’s Voice and Leadership initiative in Haiti

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February 19, 2018 – Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Global Affairs Canada

Canada believes that society is more prosperous, peaceful, secure and united when women’s rights are respected, their voices are heard and they can exercise their leadership. Women’s rights organizations and women’s local movements in developing countries are key agents of change that help strengthen the rights of women and girls, and help societies achieve gender equality.

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced $8.3 million to support a Women’s Voice and Leadership initiative in Haiti. Minister Bibeau made the announcement while in Haiti, where she is meeting with government representatives, international development partners and women’s organizations.

This announcement is part of the commitment made at the June 2017 launch of Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy to support local organizations that advance women’s rights. This program will help women’s organizations strengthen their capacity and develop more sustainable sources of funding. This will ensure they can make lasting contributions that every society needs.


“Women's voices must be heard in all spheres of society, in Canada as in Haiti. We all need women's leadership to change and build a better world. We will not do it if we leave half of humanity behind.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Quick Facts

  • In June 2017, Canada launched its new Women’s Voice and Leadership Program as part of its Feminist International Assistance Policy. Canada committed to allocating $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.

  • Today’s announcement highlights the launch of the first project under the Women’s Voice and Leadership Program.

  • Canada is now a leading donor in supporting women’s rights organizations in developing countries.

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