Canada’s Foreign Aid Strategy Signals Commitment To Women, Gender Equity
The Lancet: Canada’s feminist foreign aid agenda
“…The announcement on June 9 of a CAN$5 billion annual aid plan for the next five years, directed at women’s organizations in the Global South, has now been welcomed as a feminist foreign aid strategy. Ninety-five percent of Canadian foreign aid will now be committed to criteria specific to women, with the goal of empowering and improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women and their children. … Canada’s focus on the vulnerability of women in areas of conflict signals new commitments to gender equity; ensuring women’s rights over their own bodies, and providing access to reproductive and sexual health rights that are otherwise under extreme attack. … [Canadian Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau’s government now needs to fulfill all other areas of promise, bucking the global trend for populism, and setting an example that other countries can follow” (7/15).