Canada Announces Support for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

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Global Affairs Canada

To mark International Women’s Day, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced today an investment of $650 million over three years in funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Canada will promote gender equality and empower women and girls around the world by addressing the gaps in sexual and reproductive health and rights, with the help of experienced global, local and Canadian partners.

Canada’s support will focus specifically on providing comprehensive sexuality education, strengthening reproductive health services, and investing in family planning and contraceptives. Programs aided by this announcement will help prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence, including child and early forced marriage and female genital mutilation and cutting, and support the right to choose safe and legal abortion, as well as access to post-abortion care.

Canada has also announced that it will join the Family Planning 2020 commitment and the Ouagadougou Partnership. These initiatives will enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020 and accelerate progress in the use of family planning services in targeted countries.