A few weeks ago the annual Women Deliver Conference took place in Vancouver. Justin Trudeau was among the speakers and he announced a historic investment in support of women's sexual and reproductive rights around the world.
Though Canada is a well-regarded champion for women's rights around the globe, this announcement is an incredible commitment to an important issue that is gaining support all around the world. In the face of troubling developments in the United States, Canada has now distinguished itself even more.
Trudeau made the announcement at the Women Deliver Conference, the world's largest gathering on women's rights, health, and well-being. This year's theme was "Power, Progress, Change" and brought together more than 8,000 world leaders. Canada's investment in women's rights is the largest in history.
Prime Minister Trudeau announced a ten-year commitment to reach $1.4-billion in annual funding to support women's health initiatives, beginning in 2023. Furthermore, Trudeau also announced that of that $1.4 billion, $700 million in annual funds will go to protect women's reproductive rights.
Starting in 2023, Canada will raise $1.4 billion in funding to directly protect women's rights around the world. The investment will be a 10-year commitment, advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - an effort to promote sexual and reproductive health rights.
As $700 million of that $1.4 billion will go to specifically safeguard reproductive rights, what does this mean for women in the future? According to the Canadian government, the funding will "help make sure women and girls have access to the quality health services they need."
One of the most important issues raised was increased funding for legal and safer abortion access, which is a far cry from what some parts of the United States went through last week.
Thanks for the conversation last night, @melindagates, and for your leadership in building a better, healthier worl… https://t.co/8ETqYD4S4K— Justin Trudeau (@Justin Trudeau)1559670104.0
Another portion of the funding will ensure that women and girls around the world have access to comprehensive sex education and will focus on supporting maternal and neonatal care.
Trudeau also met with various world leaders and feminist advocates after he opened with a panel discussion.
Justin Trudeau made sure to highlight in his speech that "all women, no matter where they live, should have access to the safe, quality health care they need."
He also said that investment in women's rights and reproductive health would lead to a more "just, equal, and prosperous world."
Always great to catch up, @BarackObama. À la prochaine! https://t.co/qEXwAqB8fN— Justin Trudeau (@Justin Trudeau)1559395964.0
Though Justin Trudeau is currently embroiled in some questionable affairs, including SNC-Lavalin scandal and the revelations of the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls, the announcement should come as no surprise to anyone as Trudeau prides himself on being a champion for feminism.
According to the CEO of Women Deliver, Katja Iversen, the investment will "create a ripple effect that will lift up individuals, communities, countries, and whole economies."
Perhaps other countries will follow suit and match Canada's investment, which would be an incredible thing for women's rights around the world.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that Canada would invest in a ten-year commitment to reach $1.4-billion in annual funding to support women's health initiatives, beginning in 2023. He also noted that of that $1.4 billion, $700 million in annual funds will go to protect women's reproductive rights.
To read more details about Canada's historic investment, read the Newswire press release here.
To find out more about Women Deliver, please visit their official website.