At the Paris-held Generation Equality Forum (GEF), the UN Women-convened summit to accelerate gender equality investment, Canada committed CA$180 million (US$146 million) to address root causes of gender inequality around the world, including unpaid and paid care work in low- and middle-income countries, and affirmed its commitment to two Global Alliances for gender equality. These commitments came in addition to Canada’s contribution of CA$300 million (US$243 million) to the Equality Fund made at the GEF Mexico City kickoff event on March 31, 2021.
As part of this CA$180 million (US$146 million) in funding, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would be contributing CA$80 million (US$65 million) for women and girls through GEF Action Coalitions. This includes Canada’s role in co-creating the Global Alliance for Sustainable Feminist Movements, which is being co-developed by Canada, the Netherlands, the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, Philanthropy Advancing Women’s Human Rights, the Global Fund for Women, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development and the 'Count Me In! Consortium', the Equality Fund, and Prospera. The Alliance will focus on improving financial and political support for women’s rights and feminist organizations. Canada also announced that it will join the Global Alliance for Care, which was created by Mexico's National Institute for Women and UN Women and will address the burden of care that hinders women’s economic participation and opportunities.
A further CA$100 million (US$81 million) will be committed in new funding for stand-alone international assistance directed to inequality in unpaid and paid care work, geared to help increase women’s ability to participate in economic, educational, and public life. This funding marked the first-ever targeted global investment in the care economy by a donor government.
Canada’s new commitments at the GEF are consistent with its feminist policy on an international scale, represented through Canada’s 2017 Feminist International Assistance Policy. During the Forum, Trudeau also highlighted action taken at home towards gender equality, including Canada’s historic CA$30.0 billion (US$24.2 billion) commitment in the 2021 federal budget to build a nationwide early learning and child care system, which will help to remove barriers to women’s full participation in Canada’s workforce and economy. Through Budget 2021, Canada also made several investments to advance gender equality, including over CA$600 million (US$486 million) to advance a new National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence, and CA$2.2 billion (US$1.8 billion) to implement a National Action Plan to end violence against Indigenous women and girls.
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