Justin Trudeau marks International Women’s Day with $650M for reproductive rights
Canada to champion sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world
By Kathleen Harris, CBC NewsPosted: Mar 08, 2017 9:02 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 08, 2017 10:50 AM ET
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked International Women’s Day by promising $650 million for reproductive health and rights around the world.
The money, which will be invested over a three-year period, will support projects that provide sex education, strengthen reproductive health services, and support family planning and contraceptives. It will also fund programs to prevent and respond to sexual and gender-based violence, including forced marriage and female genital mutilation, and supporting the right of women to get safe and legal abortions.
The figure represents a doubling of current funding, Trudeau said in Ottawa this morning.
Canada is also supporting initiatives that will accelerate the use of contraceptives by 2020.
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