DateJuly 11, 2017
As part of Canada’s strong commitment to women’s and girls’ empowerment, gender equality and a feminist international agenda, Canada is taking a comprehensive approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) for all. Canada’s CAD 241.5 million commitment will fund initiatives from 2017 to 2022 that include support for programs that provide comprehensive sexuality education, strengthen reproductive health services, and invest in family planning and contraceptives. Canada will also support initiatives that prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence and child early and forced marriage, support the right to choose safe and legal abortion, and increase access to post-abortion care. Canada will focus in particular on addressing the rights and unique needs of adolescents and women and girls in humanitarian and fragile contexts with 65% of this commitment being directed to sub-Saharan Africa. By investing in demand-side interventions, Canada will empower women and adolescents to know the rights, services and information that they are entitled to as well as improve their access. Of Canada’s $241.5 million commitment, $166.5M will go towards initiatives focused on advancing adolescent SRHR. Canada is also committed to addressing the global data gap in adolescent SRHR, which is key for advancing gender equality and building a robust evidence-based for policies and programming. We are proud to be a signatory to the Global Adolescent Data Statement. We will join forces with others and pursue partnerships that engage the voice and participation of women and girls in our interventions, to leverage resources, fund an appropriate mix of contraceptive services, build momentum, ensure accountability, and set us on the path to achieving the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals.