Future Planning Initiative: A leadership opportunity for the Government of Canada

Organized by a small group of Canadian organizations, the Future Planning Initiative emerged out of a meeting of experts representing Canadian and international civil society organizations, government representatives, publicly elected officials, activists, and the private sector. The goals of the meeting were to develop a shared understanding of issues related to SRHR (including global gaps), to explore options for a collective approach to Canada’s SRHR policy over the next five years, and to build momentum for such an approach.

By giving adolescents and young women more control over their bodies [...]


She Decides Conference

On March 2, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, and Sweden hosted a summit to strengthen support and funding for the She Decides initiative. Initiated by the Dutch government, the initiative was created to support organizations affected by Trump’s expanded Global Gag Rule and to encourage increased bilateral assistance towards sexual and reproductive health. 50 governments attended the summit during which Canada pledged $20 million. Sweden and Finland also pledged $20 million with additional $10 million pledges from Belgium, Denmark, and the Netherlands and private donor contributions that brought the total funding [...]


President Trump re-enacts Global Gap Rule

During the Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush administrations, the Global Gag Rule prohibited foreign NGOs receiving U.S. assistance related to family planning and reproductive health from using non-U.S. funding to provide abortion services, information, counseling or referrals and from engaging in advocacy for access to safe abortion services. This policy causes real and serious harm to women around the world and runs contrary to international development agreements signed by the U.S. The policy leads to shortages in resources, the closure of health facilities offering [...]

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 [...]


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 [...]