Strong Women – Strong World: Women’s rights and empowerment

Strong Women – Strong World: Women’s rights and empowerment

Canada is a world leader in the promotion and protection of women’s rights and gender equality. These issues are central to Canada’s foreign and domestic policies.

Violence against women violates and impairs or nullifies women’s human rights and is an obstacle to the achievement of the objectives of equality, development and peace.


Child brides: Canada raises awareness in Cameroon

Aissatou, a victim of child early and forced marriage, shares her story with leaders from her community to help raise awareness and end CEFM.
[Cameroon, November 2016]


Riding along with local youth to promote gender rights

Joining local partners and UN agencies the Canadian Embassy participated in campaigns to highlight Canada as a champion in promoting and protecting women’s rights and gender equality.
[Vietnam, April, 2016]

Opening remarks emphasizing Canada’s priorities
Enhancing Women’s Empowerment in Latin America

The rights of women took center-stage in the recent line-up of events held by the Embassy of Canada in Argentina and Paraguay highlighting “The Empowerment of Women.”
[Argentina and Paraguay, February & March, 2016]


Protecting the rights of women and girls in the Pacific

The High Commission of Canada in New Zealand supported multiple projects in the South Pacific, that focused on the causes and appropriate responses to intimate partner violence.
[Samoa, February, 2016]


Girls Code to Walk Freely in Kosovo

Canada’s Embassy to Croatia supported the development of an app called Walk Freely, that provides an anonymous way to report sexual harassment.
[Kosovo, February 2016]


Kenya: The Equality Effect - fighting for justice for child rape victims in Kenya

To achieve justice for child rape victims, The High Commission of Canada in Kenya supported police training sessions, a mobile app, and campaigns that urged collective responsibilit.
[Kenya, February 2016]


After 12 is Not Lunch

Exploring how girls are automatically seen as sexual objects after the age of 12 and how this issue can be addressed.
[Tobago, January 2016]


Helping female coffee farmers become more competitive

The Embassy of Canada to Indonesia helps provide business training to female farmers in a district with a poverty rate above the national average.
[Indonesia, January 2016]


Women’s Parliamentary Participation is Essential

South Asia regional tour inspires dialogue and results. The importance local governments and organizations are placing on women’s parliamentary participation was clear.
[Sri Lanka, January 2016]


Raising voices together for indigenous rights in Latin America

Strengthening the relationship between Canada’s bilateral cooperation program, indigenous organizations, and local civil societies working to protect and promote indigenous women’s human rights.
[Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, January 2016]


Canada encourages women’s rights in Morocco

Canada hosts a documentary screening and debate to identify challenges and opportunities for women to be involved in Imilchil’s society.
[Morocco, December 2015]


Canada Supports Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs in Ghana

Canada supports the empowerment of rural women leading small medium enterprises in the Adansi South district.
[Ghana, December 2015]


Turning Orange to End Gender-Based Violence in Thailand

The Canadian Embassy in Thailand collaborates on a series of 16 Days of Activism events to end gender-based violence.
[Thailand, November 2015]


Educate a girl and you educate a community

The High Commission of Canada in Pakistan collaborated with UNICEF to host an art contest that was themed “Investing in Girls’ Education for a Brighter Future”
[Pakistan, October 2015]


Ghana: Lifting Social Barriers, Empowering Communities

There is a clear discrepancy in poverty rates among men and women in Ghana. Canada project focuses on developing a network among women entrepreneurs to strengthen their technical skills and build sustainable economic growth.
[Ghana, May 2015]


Gender Equality & Religious Freedom in Indonesia

The Embassy of Canada hosted a conference to promote women’s rights and freedom of religion in Indonesia.
[Indonesia, March 2015]


Media awards help close the gender gap in India

Canada supported the Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity to encourage positive images of women and girls in India.
[India, March 2015]


Women not witches” education in Papua New Guinea

The High Commission of Canada in Canberra and Seeds Theatre Group are reducing violence against women in the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea through education.
[Papua New Guinea, February 2015]


Protecting civic and human rights during Libya’s transition

The Embassy of Canada to Libya engaged Libyans in a conversation about the rights of women and children during the ongoing political transition.
[Libya, February 2015]


Canada supports the promotion of women’s land rights in Cameroon’s north region

Canada’s High Commissioner to Cameroon works with the Femmes Porteuses d’espoir to promote women’s rights in Ngong.
[Cameroon, February 2015]