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.
Families in Pakistan take part in the Right Start Initiative, which aims to improve nutrition for pregnant women, newborns, and young children. [Pakistan, July 2017]
In 2016, there were 800 deaths in Mexican rural and indigenous communities, due to pregnancy and childbirth complications according to the Observatory of Maternal Mortality in Mexico. Three Canadian indigenous midwives recently travelled to Mexico with a goal of spreading their knowledge.
Women and girls face heightened risks due to displacement and the breakdown of normal protection structures and support in crisis settings according to a report by UN Women.
Canada and Miaro Madagascar partner to empower rural women and their communities through agricultural skills training in Madagascar. [Madagascar, April 2017]
The Embassy of Canada to Vietnam partnered with the UN Women, the Gender-based Violence Prevention Network in Vietnam and other diplomatic missions to call on men and boys to help eliminate social barriers, promote gender equality, and empower women.
[Vietnam, May 2017]
The startup and entrepreneurship culture is growing globally. In Southeast Asia, Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City in particular, is emerging as a hotspot.
[Vietnam, April 2017]
While the advancement of women’s participation in social, economic, cultural and political avenues is happening in many places around the world, progress is slow.
[Barbados, April 2017]
The High Commission of Canada to Cameroon partnered with the Adamaoua Girls and Women Association (AGWA) and Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) to raise awareness about gender equality and to persuade traditional leaders to make changes towards an equal society.
[Cameroon, April 2017]
The combatting of sexual violence is something which ideally should include every element of society, including men, so that they too can be agents of change.
[Chile, March 2017]
Human rights defenders can be women, men, boys or girls of any background. What they all have in common are their efforts to promote and protect human rights even when doing so endangers their own lives.
[Venezuela, March 2017]
Over the years, considerable strides have been made throughout South Asia but work remains. Canada is focused on achieving equitable and sustainable progress, improving women's status, and respecting women’s rights and contributions.
[Sri Lanka, March 2017]
Despite having reached gender equality in secondary and tertiary education, women in Brunei Darussalam have yet to realize the same level of economic participation and political empowerment as that of men.
[Brunei, February 2017]
In 2015 in Senegal, it was estimated that only 37% of girls enrolled in school, with the majority dropping out by secondary school. Girls are often excluded from education systems due to unintended marriages and pregnancies, as well as unfavorable school environments such as a lack of separate girls and boy’s washrooms.
[Senegal, Jamuary 2017]
It is estimated that over 31% of Vietnamese girls and women under the age of 25 have experienced sexual harassment in public places and around 11% of students, from a sample of 30 schools in Hanoi, had been sexually abused or violated. [Vietnam, December 2016]
The Pacific region has some of the highest rates of domestic violence in the world.
[Australia, December 2016]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Exploring how girls are automatically seen as sexual objects after the age of 12 and how this issue can be addressed.
[Tobago, January 2016]
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]
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]
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 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 the empowerment of rural women leading small medium enterprises in the Adansi South district.
[Ghana, December 2015]
The Canadian Embassy in Thailand collaborates on a series of 16 Days of Activism events to end gender-based violence.
[Thailand, November 2015]
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]
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]
The Embassy of Canada hosted a conference to promote women’s rights and freedom of religion in Indonesia.
[Indonesia, March 2015]
Canada supported the Laadli Media and Advertising Awards for Gender Sensitivity to encourage positive images of women and girls in India.
[India, March 2015]
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]
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’s High Commissioner to Cameroon works with the Femmes Porteuses d’espoir to promote women’s rights in Ngong.
[Cameroon, February 2015]
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