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Minister Bibeau announces new projects to improve lives of women and girls in Afghanistan

October 4, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced funding for seven new projects to improve child protection and health services, as well as to empower women and girls in Afghanistan.

Over the next five years, Canada will allocate almost $40 million to six Canadian, international and Afghan partners to implement the seven projects as part of its Women’s and Girls’ Rights First approach to Afghanistan.

Results from these initiatives will include increased access to services available to survivors of gender-based violence, such as health services, legal aid and psychological support; increased opportunities for women to enter the workforce by providing them with the skills and business training they need; improved protection of children; and more safe learning environments.

Today’s announcement follows through on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s commitment of $465 million in security and development support to Afghanistan until 2020, announced at the NATO summit in July 2016. It also reaffirms—ahead of tomorrow’s main event at the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan—Canada’s commitment to help Afghanistan reach its development goals.

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“Empowering women and girls is essential for Afghanistan's development. While significant progress has been achieved, Afghan women and girls continue to face widespread discrimination, human rights abuses and major barriers to participating in the economy. By working with our partners, we can help eliminate some of these barriers to ensure a better future for women and girls in Afghanistan.”

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

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