TORONTO and OTTAWA, March 8, 2017 /CNW/ - UNICEF Canada has responded to today's announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau of $650 million over three years in funding for sexual and reproductive health and rights. UNICEF Canada's President and CEO, David Morley, was in Ottawa for the announcement and provided the following response:
"We are pleased that Canada is seizing the opportunity on International Women's Day to continue building on its leadership of a movement and a global culture shift to empower women and girls. The Government's feminist focus represents a game-changing and transformative approach to international assistance. Investments such as the one announced today will go a long way to helping reduce gender inequality and ensuring women and girls have the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.
On International Women's Day and every day, we must commit to improving the health and rights of women and children around the world. Canada has a demonstrated track record of saving lives through leadership in reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. If we are going to achieve the ambitious sustainable development goals we've set out by 2030, we must remain focused on meeting the needs of the most disadvantaged. Canada should continue to be a global leader on these critical issues, and to espouse Canadian values on the global stage.
We welcome today's announcement and look forward to continued engagement with Canada and Canadians to ensure the rights and well-being of all women and children. "
UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization. We work tirelessly to help children and their families, doing whatever it takes to ensure children survive. We provide children with healthcare and immunization, clean water, nutrition and food security, education, emergency relief and more.
UNICEF is supported entirely by voluntary donations and helps children regardless of race, religion or politics. As part of the UN, we are active in over 190 countries - more than any other organization. Our determination and our reach are unparalleled. Because nowhere is too far to go to help a child survive. For more information about UNICEF, please visit www.unicef.ca.
SOURCE UNICEF Canada
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