Backgrounder - Canada’s support for sexual and reproductive health and rights


The Government of Canada has announced $93.7 million in funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) to support the efforts of a wide range of partners to help the poorest and most vulnerable people around the world. The funding is being distributed as follows.

Better Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All in Indonesia

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
$8 million (2018 to 2022)

The Better Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All in Indonesia project, in partnership with UNFPA and UNICEF, aims to transform SRHR for women and young people in Indonesia by addressing key gaps in the quality of birth attendants, access to comprehensive sexuality education and youth-friendly services for young people, as well as of advocacy and community-based programming, using the male involvement approach and focusing on child marriage and female genital mutilation, for the prevention of gender-based violence and harmful practices.

Improving SRHR of Women in Humanitarian Contexts

$1.2 million
(2020 to 2021)

This project comprehensively aims to build the humanitarian sector’s capacity to rapidly provide sexual and reproductive health and services in fragile and conflict settings. Project activities include:

  • providing technical assistance and support to clinical facilities so they can develop or increase their capacity to provide contraceptive and sexual and gender-based violence services to refugee women in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
  • providing training and support for clinical service providers and community mobilizers
  • developing a tool kit and set of guidelines for providing comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services

My Health, My Choice

United Kingdom Department for International Development
 $50 million (2019 to 2021)

Co-funded by Canada, the European Union, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the Health Pooled Fund supports the delivery, through the Boma Health Initiative, of basic health and nutrition services in hospitals, health facilities and communities in 8 of South Sudan’s 10 former states. Canada’s contribution to the Health Pooled Fund helps support the ability of women and girls to access quality health services, including sexual and reproductive health services, free from discrimination, coercion and violence.

Girls’ Reproductive Rights, Empowerment Accelerated in Tanzania

$20 million (2019 to 2023)

This project works to empower and improve the SRHR and well-being of vulnerable Tanzanian adolescent girls through a multi-faceted and comprehensive approach and by working with adolescent boys and girls and with parents, communities and governments. Project activities include:

  • increasing the supply of, and demand for, a full range of SRHR and nutrition services and information for adolescent girls
  •  establishing a platform for adolescent girls to share views on, and gain knowledge of, their SRHR and nutrition and empowerment issues, and leveraging this platform for SRHR advocacy
  • building evidence and proposing innovative solutions for enhanced government programming, policy, advocacy and accountability in adolescent girls’ SRHR and nutrition issues and gaps

Empowering Women and Girls in SRHR and Gender-Based Violence

$4.5 million (2019 to 2024)

This project will work at the local level with communities and service providers to support the South African government in closing the gap between policy about, and implementation of, SRHR services and awareness.

Strengthening SRHR through Midwives in Somalia

$10 million (2020 to 2025)

This project aims to reduce maternal mortality and increase SRHR for women and girls between the ages of 14 and 49 in Somalia. More specifically, the project works to improve the availability and accessibility of professionally trained and certified midwives who are able to provide high-quality, rights-based SRHR services to these women and adolescent girls. The project also addresses underlying barriers to women’s and adolescent girls’ demand for, and use of, midwifery services by increasing awareness at the community level of midwifery and SRHR.

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