Open letter to Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

The following letter was sent to Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau in November.

Open letter to Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie urging increased and meaningful funding for women’s organizations

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November 17, 2016

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, P.C.

Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Dear Minister Bibeau,

We are writing to urge you make funding for women’s organizations a significant and meaningful priority within Canada’s international assistance envelope.

We applaud the Government of Canada’s commitment to putting the rights of women and girls at the heart of Canadian development assistance. Gender inequality touches all of us. For too many women and girls around the globe, violence, discrimination and exclusion are daily realities. The impact is not only felt by individual women and girls, but also by whole societies that lag behind in development and are all too often mired in conflict.

The clear commitment of Prime Minister Trudeau and the Government of Canada to feminist principles offers a crucial opportunity to concretely address these challenges. We know that investments in gender equality and the rights of women and girls are catalytic investments. These investments support development, peace, and the achievement of more just societies.

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