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Canada launches new international assistance policy

Canada releases new gender centred international assistance policy

Ottawa | Canada | 15 Jun 2017
The global efforts to achieve the MDGs have contributed to a stark decrease in poverty all over the world. However, not everyone has profited from these positive developments. Millions of people, especially women and girls, still have unequal access to resources and opportunities. The new "feminist" international assistance policy of Canada recognises that by eliminating the barriers to equality, development policy will empower women and girls to become agents of positive change locally, regionally, nationally and even globally.

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy recognises that supporting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is the best way to build a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world.

The priorities will be strengthened by coordinated work in several areas:

- Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls will be the core area of work. Canada will support efforts to reduce violence against women, strengthen women's organisations, advance women's rights, support governments' capacity building efforts to provide services and education to women and girls. A special attention will also be paid to gender disaggregated data and use of such data in planning and implementing targeted initiatives.

- Human Dignity will be another important area of work. Canada's policy is not limited only to women and girls, but rather focusing enhancing the impacts of development efforts through women and girls to improve livelihoods through better access to health care, nutrition and education.

- Foster growth that works for everyone. The policy will also increase women's access to economic opportunities and resources.

- Environment and Climate Action will represent another important part of the policy. Canada will support governments' efforts to develop adaptation and mitigation plans for climate change impact, while ensuring the active involvement of women and girls in decision-making processes.

- Canada will work actively to support Inclusive Governance by promoting and protecting human rights, advancing the rule of law, and building stronger institutions. Women and girls should also be empowered to greater political participation.

- The new policy also foresees activities to strengthen global Peace and Security.


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