Canada’s Announcement To Invest $14B Over 10 Years To Improve Women’s, Girls’ Health Could Yield Better Economic, Health Outcomes For Entire Communities

Globe and Mail: When we improve the lives of women and girls, we all benefit
Rachel Pulfer, executive director of Journalists for Human Rights

“[Canadian] Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this week that Canada would invest $14 billion over 10 years — C$1.4 billion a year — to improve global health for women and girls. Couched in that announcement: a commitment of $700 million for sexual and reproductive health rights. The funding puts Canada in a leadership position on women’s and girls’ health outcomes globally. … [I]nvesting in women’s health and emphasizing sexual and reproductive health can help catalyze greater economic self-sufficiency for a developing country within a couple of generations. … By prioritizing the health and welfare of the half being left out, Canada will bring up to 18 million women and girls back into the game over the next 10 years. More women in the game means better economic and health outcomes for entire communities. That’s why investing $14 billion in health care for them is the right thing to do” (6/6).