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.
Indigenous women lead a unique water-conservation project on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
The Embassy of Canada to Côte d'Ivoire is working alongside the Ivorian government and civil society to include women in peace and security measures.
From driving buses to raising chickens, women across the island are breaking down gender stereotypes while building economic independence and security.
Low-income and refugee women are building confidence and economic independence by working in a compost packaging facility.
Women, men, traditional rulers, faith leaders and parliamentarians are coming together to end gender-based violence in Zimbabwe.
Women leaders are building a more equal future, from Cairo to Beirut to Delhi!
A post-Taliban generation of young women are fighting for equal participation in the future of their country. [Afghanistan , November 2018]
Women hold only 1/10 of the seats in the country’s National Assembly, but are responsible for up to 80% of Côte d’Ivoire’s food production. [Côte d’Ivoire, June 2018]
Editors create Wikipedia profiles about Colombian women in Bogotá, Colombia on International Women’s Day. [Colombia, June 2018]
Fisherwomen and their communities in East Java prepare for the effects of climate change with support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives. [Indonesia, February 2017]
The High Commission of Canada to Pakistan supports the growing dialogue in Pakistan on the full democratic participation of women with disabilities, as both voters and candidates. [Pakistan, October 2017]
Three day workshop for 20 young Egyptian women leaders. [Egypt, October 2017]
Three young leaders get to “Be High Commissioner for a Day” in recognition of their work advocating for gender equality. [Barbados, March 2018]
The High Commission of Canada to Australia partnered with the Morobe Development Foundation Inc. (MDF) to empower women to reach their full economic and social potential. [Papua New Guinea, February 2018]
A symposium on how to achieve the full participation of women with disabilities in democratic processes. [Pakistan, October 2017]
A comprehensive reproductive health centre in Jordan is a one-stop shop for antenatal, post-natal and family planning services for disadvantaged women. [Jordan, September 2017]
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]
Canada’s High Commissioner to Cameroon works with the Femmes Porteuses d’espoir to promote women’s rights in Ngong.
[Cameroon, February 2015]
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 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]
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]
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