UNFPA appears before Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

In 2014, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) began its study on the ‘Protection of Children and Youth in Developing Countries.’ The Study is examining the role Canada can play in the protection of children and youth; with a focus on the prevention of human trafficking, early and forced marriage, the sex trade, female genital mutilation and the online abuse of children.


As part of the Study, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) was invited to appear before the Committee. On February 19th, [...]

Opinion: Twenty years after the Beijing Declaration on women’s rights, progress remains slow

By Mylène Freeman and Sandeep Prasad*
Originally published in the Montreal Gazette

At the United Nations in New York these past two weeks, government leaders, civil society and women human rights defenders have come together for the 59th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year’s CSW is significant in that it not only marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, but it also falls in the midst of ongoing negotiations on the Post-2015 development agenda. A process that will [...]