Overview of Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach Summit

In May 2014, Canada hosted a high level summit on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH). The Summit, entitled Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach, built on the Muskoka Initiative on MNCH announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper during the G8 summit in June 2010, which committed governments to collectively spend $7.3 billion between 2010 and 2015 to accelerate progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, specifically the reduction of maternal, infant and child mortality in developing countries. Total Government of Canada contribution [...]


Government of Canada responds to Order Paper Question concerning Muskoka Initiative

On January 23rd, the Government of Canada responded to a question posed by CAPPD member, Kirsty Duncan, concerning Canada’s support for family planning within the Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child (MNCH) health.

The question posed to the Government was:

“With regard to Canada’s Muskoka Initiative:
(a) what definition of family planning services is the government using?
(b) what are the top five projects recipient of family planning funding and their amounts?
(c) regarding the $5 million Canada has pledged to fight early and [...]


CAPPD launches February edition of its 2014 factsheets on topic of ‘human rights-based approach’

The February edition of CAPPD’s factsheet focuses on the role of parliamentarians in ensuring that governments uphold commitments and obligations relating to human rights, including sexual and reproductive rights, both domestically and in its foreign relations and development cooperation. The factsheet provides concrete examples of what parliamentarians can do in this regard, and where to find additional information on the subject. 

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“Parliamentarians can play a vital accountability role to ensure that their government upholds commitments and obligations relating to human rights, including [...]


New Resource: AWID “Watering the Leaves, Starving the Roots”

In 2013, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, AWID, published a report “Watering the leaves, Starving the Roots,” which examines ‘trends impacting women’s rights organizing and the status of women’s organizations around the world.’ The reports find that despite the “current spotlight on women and girls [it] has had relatively little impact on improving the funding situation for a large majority of women’s organizations around the world. In 2010, the median annual income of over 740 women’s organizations around the world was USD 20,000.”

Summary [...]


CAPPD’s Chair receives response to Question on the Order Paper

On November 22, 2013, NDP MP and CAPPD Chair, Ms. Rathika Sitsabaiesan posed a question to Minister of International Development, Mr. Christian Paradis on Canada’s support for sexual and reproductive health, globally. On January NDP MP and CAPPD Chair, Ms. Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s received a response from the Minister of International Development.

The question was, with regard to government spending on family planning initiatives:

(a) What is the total amount of funding that has been disbursed so far as part of the Muskoka Initiative, broken down by specific category or initiative; (b) What [...]