As you know, Canada has a special relationship with the people of the Caribbean region. It is based on our extensive people-to-people ties, our robust commercial relationship, our ongoing development cooperation and our shared constituency at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, concluded a three-day visit to Ethiopia by announcing $23 million in funding for two initiatives that will help advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in Ethiopia, including women’s economic empowerment.
This project aims to strengthen the ability of women’s organizations (WOs) to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in their communities. The project will support WOs to address their operational challenges, to enhance the performance of their programming and to increase the effectiveness of national women’s platforms. Forty-eight WOs will benefit from this initiative across four regions of Ethiopia. Training and support will also be provided to 72 young feminists.
Canada recognizes that supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is the best way to reduce poverty. Empowerment is a key element of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), which give women and girls control over their bodies, their lives and futures.
This project aims to tackle gender-equality barriers and improve primary-level education in Ghana, Mozambique and Rwanda. In particular, the project will address challenges in the education sector, especially barriers to girls’ education, and will build on the lessons and results achieved through the Right to Play’s Play for the Advancement of Quality Education project.
Canada’s announcement of up to $104.4 million at the International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda, will support family planning, advocacy and the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), while improving access to safe and legal abortion. All projects will also ensure the integration of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) into countries’ health systems.
Canada continues to fight poverty both at home and abroad. Making the world a better place means ensuring that everyone enjoys a strong start in life. This includes good health and nutrition, an opportunity to go to and stay in school and a chance to contribute to their families and economies.
The Global Financing Facility (GFF) is a multi-stakeholder partnership that is helping countries tackle the greatest health and nutrition issues affecting women, children and adolescents. The GFF Trust Fund is supported by the governments of Canada, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom; the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and MSD for Mothers.
We mourn the senseless death of Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a midwife working with the International Committee of the Red Cross, at the hands of Boko Haram. Ms. Liman’s murder comes one month after her ICRC colleague, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, was executed in similar circumstances. The two were abducted together with a third health worker, Alice Loksha, a nurse who worked in a centre supported by UNICEF.