Minister Bibeau receives CARE Global Leaders Network Humanitarian Award

News release

May 22, 2018 - Washington, D.C. - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will receive today the CARE Global Leaders Network Humanitarian Award for her continued efforts to assist crisis-affected people around the world over the years, particularly women and girls, and her leadership role as Minister of International Development since November 2015.

The prestigious award will be presented during CARE’s National Conference in Washington, D.C., which brings together members of civil society, diplomats and business leaders. The conference is a forum for persuading members of Congress and U.S. government officials to make humanitarian and development aid a priority.

While in Washington, Minister Bibeau will also speak with development experts and stakeholders at the Center for Global Development, sharing Canada’s objectives for the upcoming G7 Development Ministerial meeting in Whistler, British Columbia.


“I am deeply touched and humbled to accept this award from the CARE Global Leaders Network. As a minister, I want to shed light on the outstanding work that humanitarian workers do every single day. They often work in difficult conditions, provide care for women and children who are traumatized by what they have seen or experienced and selflessly care for others far away from their homes. I will continue to defend aid workers and ensure that humanitarian principles are respected at all time. “

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

“Every day, too many women worldwide are denied equal rights, a voice in key decisions and control over resources. With the right tools and opportunities, women and girls can be powerful agents of change. Minister Bibeau has worked tirelessly to put that understanding at the heart of Canadian international assistance. We hope this example can inspire others to help make a real difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide.”

- Gillian Barth, President and Chief Executive Officer, CARE Canada

Quick facts

  • CARE is a humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and promoting equal rights and opportunities for all since 1945.

  • Last year, CARE worked in 94 countries and reached more than 80 million people around the world.

  • The CARE Global Leaders Network Humanitarian Award recognizes leaders who work to advance humanitarian values.

  • Notable leaders who received the award in the past include Justin Huscher, Susan Retik, Nancy Frees, Daniel Berger, Senator Patrick Leahy (Vermont), Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina), Representative Hal Rogers (Kentucky) and Representative Nita Lowey (New York).


Justine Lesage
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

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