Action Canada pre-budget 2017 submission

In preparation for Budget 2017, stakeholders were invited to submit briefs with recommendations to be submitted to the Minister of Finance.

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights submitted a pre-budget brief that touches upon investments in Canada and abroad. Domestically, recommendations include increasing investments in health care (with a focus on sexual and reproductive health), the health and safety of sex workers, and child care. Globally, recommendations include increasing Canada’s official development assistance (ODA), specifically in areas traditionally neglected in Canada’s international assistance related to sexual and reproductive health [...]


Canada’s review before CEDAW

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Countries who have become party to the treaty (State parties) are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights of the Convention are implemented. During its sessions the Committee considers each State party report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of concluding observations.

Canada was last reviewed by [...]


Global Fund replenishment conference in Montreal, September

From 16-17 September, the Government of Canada will host the 5th replenishment conference to raise funds and support the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in ending these epidemics by 2030.

Canada is pledging $785 million to the Global Fund for 2016-2019 to help the Global Fund reach its goal of saving an additional 8 million lives and preventing an additional 300 million new infections by 2019. Part of this commitment will include promoting and protecting human rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights because fear, discrimination, [...]


CAPPD participates in international assistance review

From 18 May to 31 July 2016, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) held consultations to review Canada’s approach to international assistance – the first time in over two decades that such a review has taken place.

GAC prepared a discussion paper to inform the process. The paper identifies “health and rights of women and girls” as one of 6 priority areas. The previous governments’ approach to development assistance, particularly as it relates to the Muskoka Initiative on maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), was critiqued for being narrow in scope.

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Press Release: CAPPD Members Play Key Role at International Conference

Ottawa – From 26-27 April, members of the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development, Dr Hedy Fry (MP Vancouver Center) and Pam Damoff (MP Oakville North-Burlington) were among 130 Parliamentarians from over 65 countries at the Global Conference of Parliamentarians on Population and Development, in preparation for the 2016 G7 Ise-Shima Summit. The conference focused on priority areas including human security, infectious diseases, gender equality, youth and universal health care, and culminated in the adoption of a Declaration.

Returning to Canada, Dr Fry and Ms Damoff are urging [...]