A feminist approach to international assistance

At this event the Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau delivers a keynote speech, offering her reflections on Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy to promote gender equality and help empower all women and girls.

  1. You can watch the event here:
  2. A feminist approach to international assistance - Keynote speeches and panel
  3. Or you can listen to the podcast here:
  4. On the day of the Family Planning Summit, ODI hosted a public discussion on the role of women and girls as agents of change and what should be done to achieve gender equality and growth that works for everyone. This commitment to empower women and girls around the world is at the heart of Canada’s feminist international assistance policy, which focuses on 6 main areas of action.
  5. Alex Thier, Executive Director at ODI, introduced Marie-Claude Bibeau, who was appointed Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie by Justin Trudeau in October 2015. Minister Bibeau’s mandate is to refocus Canada’s international assistance to help the poorest and most vulnerable people, and to support fragile states.
  6. The Minister outlined the objectives of the new Policy. She reiterated her firm belief that when women’s rights are respected and when women have the means to take action in their communities, everyone benefits, and the rights of other marginalized groups are also respected—whether they face exclusion or discrimination on the basis of their sex, race, ethnicity, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ability, or migrant or refugee status; or because of other intersectionalities. You can watch the full speech here:
  7. Keynote- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Canada
  8. You can watch a short video about Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy here:
  9. Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy
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