(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) AT News Report
KABUL: Canada is committed to advancing gender equality and
ensuring that girls, adolescent girls and women have access to quality
education, especially in conflict and crisis situations.
On July 4 to 5, 2019, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister
of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality,
attended G7 development ministerial meetings in Paris, France, where she met
with her development counterparts and with education ministers from other G7
The Minister discussed ways to fight inequality and
reiterated the importance of gender equality and women's economic empowerment
to build a more peaceful, more inclusive and more prosperous world, Paris,
France – Global Affairs Canada said in a statement.
While in Paris, Minister Monsef also met with education and
finance ministers from the G5 Sahel countries and Senegal and announced 25 new
education projects, predominantly in sub-Saharan Africa.
These projects are aligned with the Charlevoix Declaration
on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing
Countries, a key outcome of the 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix.
These projects aim to dismantle barriers and improve women
and girls' equitable access to a quality education; to invest in quality
education systems; and to support skills development and sex-disaggregated
education and gender equality data, especially for women and girls in fragile,
conflict and crisis situations, including in refugee-hosting countries.
The results will lead to improved learning outcomes and
employability among women, adolescent girls and girls, including those with
These projects will adopt a safe and inclusive education approach
that will advance gender equality and support the achievement of the
Sustainable Development Goals. The projects demonstrate strong alignment with
Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy and its six action areas.
Over the course of the two days of meetings, the G7
development heads of delegations endorsed four declarations calling for
attention to gender equality and youth and women in fragile and
conflict-affected states, particularly in the Sahel. Ministers emphasized the
need for strong partnerships and innovative approaches to tackle fragility,
poverty and financing for sustainable development, and to enhance the
effectiveness of G7 development cooperation efforts, with a focus on rural
youth employment in the Sahel region. They also released three joint
declarations on education focusing on advancing gender-responsive
education-sector planning, ensuring greater coordination on technical
vocational education and training, and bringing greater attention to the
education challenges facing girls and boys in the Sahel.
Canada's $400-million commitment to women and girls'
education in fragile, conflict and crisis situations, in support of the G7
Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls
and Women in Developing Countries, has resulted in the following initiatives:
Building Resources Across Communities (BRAC) - $5 million
(2019/20 to 2021/22) to address barriers, increase access to quality education
and improve learning outcomes and employability for girls and women in the
Chittagong Hill Tracts in Bangladesh. The project will reach vulnerable
Indigenous and Bengali girls, female adolescents and women through support to
100 primary and 50 secondary schools and for skills training and community
BRAC Afghanistan - $12 million (2019/20 to 2020/21) to
ensure that Afghan girls, adolescent girls and young women have access to safe,
quality education in rural and remote areas of Afghanistan. By funding
community-based education programming in the hardest to reach areas, the
project will address barriers to girls' enrollment and retention in schools and
engage communities to support girls attending school.
Canadian Red Cross - $7.5 million (2019/20 to 2021/22) to
provide menstrual hygiene management support; safe and hygienic water,
sanitation and hygiene facilities; and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV)
awareness and training to 9,000 school-aged girls and young women in 40 schools
in West Gogrial state in South Sudan. The project will also provide SGBV awareness
and training to boys, male teachers and community members in and around those