In June, Minister of International Development, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, launched the new Feminist International Assistance Policy (FeIAP) from Global Affairs Canada.
The Policy promotes gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, increases their participation in equal decision making, helps women and girls achieve more equitable access to and control over the resources they need to secure ongoing economic and social equality, and helps protect and promote the human rights of all vulnerable and marginalized groups. For Canada, this is the most effective approach to targeting the root causes of poverty: inequality and exclusion.
The Policy is divided into six priority action areas: gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls (the “core action area”); human dignity; growth that works for everyone; environment and climate action; inclusive governance; and peace and security.
Geographically, Canada will not limit itself strictly to a list of priority countries; however, nor will it disperse its assistance in all directions. Canada will ensure that no less than 50 percent of its bilateral international development assistance is directed to sub-Saharan African countries by 2021-22, specifically toward women, youth and francophone countries.
The policy is also aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, which aim to end poverty by 2030, and the Paris Agreement, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and protect the environment.