We must protect women and girls during crises

By Babatunde Osotimehin 22 June 2015
Originally posted on Devex

Syrian women and girls register with the United Nations refugee agency upon arrival at Arsal in Lebanon. More women than before are fleeing conflict, persecution and poverty. In today’s crises, it is women and girls who are paying the highest price. Photo by: M. Hofer / UNHCR / CC BY-NC

Recent news stories and reports testify to a horrifying reality for women and girls caught in crisis situations. From rape to child marriage to sexual slavery, [...]


CAPPD Receives Response to Order Paper Question on Muskoka Initiative

On March 31st 2015, the Chair of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CAPPD) MP Rathika Sitsabaiesan submitted a question to the Order Paper. The question (in full below) requested an update on spending within the context of the Muskoka Initiative on maternal, new born and child health, with a specific focus on family planning and reproductive health care.

The Member of Parliament giving notice of a written question may request an answer within 45 days and may also ask that oral answers be provided to no [...]


Letter to the Honourable Rob Nicholson on Human Righs Council Resolution on Violence Against Women

June 8, 2015

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0A2

Dear Hon. Mr. Nicholson,   I write to you on behalf of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CAPPD), an all-party parliamentary association that works to advance issues related to population, health, women’s empowerment and development. CAPPD is made up of members from the House of Commons and the Senate, representing all major political parties.

We first want to congratulate Canada on [...]