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Feminist international assistance policy a welcome step towards gender equality, says Plan International Canada

Investing in most vulnerable – including children – key to a sustainable future

TORONTO, June 9, 2017 – Plan International Canada lauds the Government of Canada’s strong leadership and commitment to gender equality and human rights in Canada’s new feminist international assistance policy. Now more than ever, it is essential to invest and take action on new international assistance policies that place priority on women and girl empowerment.  Evidence shows that when we support girls in realizing their own rights, it is one of the best investments we can make in ending global poverty and achieve gender equality for entire communities – women, men, and children.

We recognize that a policy is just the start of a process and it will require an ongoing commitment from the government and its partners to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Unfortunately, the most vulnerable include children. Plan International Canada looks forward to working with the government to continue the important gains that have been made on the rights and the protection of all children, in addition to those of women and girls.

Ensuring the policy’s success requires an integrated approach between all areas of Global Affairs – Foreign policy, Trade and Development.  It is critical to have a balance between prevention and response to global challenges in security and global poverty.  For this, we look to work with government to ensure there are adequate resources to meet the goals of this bold new policy.

With the right resources, commitment, partners, and tools, the new ambitious policy can be a success. Plan International Canada looks forward to seeing this policy reach its full potential.

Quotes from Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO of Plan International Canada:

  • "As a country and a society, we have an obligation to empower women, girls, and children, and protect their rights. Using a feminist lens and approach on Canada’s international assistance activities will result in substantial outcomes for millions of women, girls, families and communities around the world. We at Plan International Canada have seen the results of this first-hand and recognize the potential outcomes the policy will render if the entire government, and its people, stand behind it," said Plan International Canada’s President & CEO Caroline Riseboro.
  • "Now more than ever is it essential to have a feminist approach to enable the empowerment of the world’s most vulnerable, including children," said Plan International Canada’s President & CEO Caroline Riseboro. "Plan International Canada commits to providing leadership in ensuring the new policy succeeds, and encourages the entire Canadian government to strengthen its potential."


Angie Torres-Ramos


Founded in 1937, Plan International Canada is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan International strives for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Because I am a Girl is Plan’s global movement to transform power relations so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive. Visit and for more information.