Canada Assumes G7 Presidency with a Focus on Gender Equality

On 7 December 2017, Canada’s G7 Sherpa Peter Boehm held an event in Toronto to announce Canada’s plans for the 2018 G7, which Canada will lead beginning in January. During this discussion, he commented on the fact that Gender Equality will be a core focus area for the G7 discussions. Of note was his comments directly relating to the work of CAPPD: “We strongly believe that sexual and reproductive health rights are important for women and girls, not just in development policy but all the way through.”

As parliamentary champions [...]


Minister Bibeau Hosts 2017 UNFPA State of World Population Report Launch

On December 6th, Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francaphonie collaborated with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights to host the new Executive Director of the UNFPA, Dr. Natalia Kanem on her first official visit to Canada, in honour of the launch of the UNFPA’s 2017 State of World Population (SWOP) Report entitlted “Worlds Apart: Reproductive Health and Rights in an Ange of Inequality.” The occasion was marked with a parliamentary dinner with CAPPD Chair Dr. Hedy Fry, followed by a series of bilateral meetings between Dr. Kanem and [...]


Worlds Apart: Reproductive health and rights in an age of inequality

Global Affairs Canada, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights cordially invite you to the Canadian launch of the UNFPA’s 2017 State of World Population report. The event will bring together UNFPA Executive Director Dr Natalia Kanem, Action Canada Executive Director Sandeep Prasad, IPPF-WHR Board Chair Jovana Ríos Cisnero, and Community Advocate RJ Jones to discuss the actions required for a more equal world including access to sexual and reproductive health and rights information and services.

The panel discussion will be moderated by [...]


Feminist International Assistance Policy is a Victory for Advocates 

On 9 June 2017, Minister Bibeau announced Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy, which situates intersectional feminist human rights frameworks at the core of development and humanitarian aid. As well, the new policy directs funding and programs to focus on the most vulnerable and underserved people throughout the world, wherever they may be.

This move to centralize feminist perspectives at the core of Global Affairs is a direct result of coordinated consultation and advocacy from groups like Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and the CAPPD. In 2016, [...]


Release of What We Heard: Global Affairs Canada’s International Assistance Review

Global Affairs Canada’s International Assistance Review announced a public review and consultations to renew Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework in 2016 to support the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. The consultation process engaged a wide range of Canadians and international partners, including Canadian NGOs, donor and partner governments, youth, people in developing countries, and experts in the field of international assistance with over 15,000 people and partners engaged in the consultations, resulting in more than 10,600 written contributions. The discussion Paper released following the consultation highlights the importance [...]