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
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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 [...]

Child, Early and Forced Marriage: Indicators for Progress

On March 10th, The Governments of Canada and Peru, in collaboration with Plan International, CARE, American Jewish World Service (AJWS), and the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), hosted an event alongside the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The event was titled “Child, Early and Forced Marriage – Indicators for Progress.” This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

Speakers included Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, Dr. Kellie Leitch, who highlighted the need for all interventions related [...]

Baird Lauds UN Resolution on Child Marriage

Original Source: Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

December 18, 2014 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement after a Canada-Zambia led UN resolution on child, early and forced marriage was adopted by consensus by the General Assembly with 116 co-sponsors:

“Today marks another turning point in our fight to end the practice of child, early and forced marriage. This community of nations spoke unequivocally for the need to protect young girls, and secure their futures.

“Whether it is through the Canadian-led Maternal, Newborn [...]

CAPPD Letter to PM Harper, communicates 6th IPCI/ICPD Conference outcomes

May 28, 2014

The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P

Prime Minister of Canada
Langevin Block
Ottawa, Ontario
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Dear Prime Minister:

As you prepare Canada for the UN General Assembly Special Session on the Programme of Action (PoA) of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Beyond 2014 on September 22 2014, we would like to draw your attention to a document regarding the twenty year review of the ICPD PoA and the post-2015 agenda, approved unanimously by Parliamentarians of 134 nations at the [...]

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 [...]