Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – promised $650 million for reproductive health and rights around the world
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked International Women’s Day (2017) by promising $650 million for reproductive health and rights around the world.
The money, which will be invested over a three-year period, will support projects that provide sex education, strengthen reproductive health services, and support family planning and contraceptives. It will also fund programs to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence, including forced marriage and female genital mutilation, and supporting the right of women to get safe and legal abortions.
Canada is also supporting initiatives that will accelerate the use of contraceptives by 2020.
Trudeau said that around the world, women and girls are subjected to sexual violence, denied education and ownership of their own bodies, and held down by poverty. “This is not only a tragedy; it is a missed opportunity for many countries that could benefit greatly from the economic contributions of women,” he said.
Trudeau said Canada is committed to taking a leadership role in the fight to prevent risky abortions and promote reproductive rights.
“For far too many women and girls, unsafe abortions and lack of choices in reproductive health mean that they are either at risk, or at risk of death, or simply cannot contribute or achieve their potential through education, through involvement in their community, through a broad range of opportunities,” he said.
“It is important that as a world we recognize that empowering women, that respecting their rights, is fundamental to building a world in which everyone has a real and fair chance to succeed.”
He said he looks forward to a day when it is not “remarkable or rare” for men to declare themselves feminists, and when there is gender equality on executive boards and community organizations. (cbc.ca)