Reflections on Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy

Brian Tomlinson
Content Type
Working Paper
Centre for the Study of Security and Development, Dalhousie University
The government has set out a unique and ambitious vision for Canada’s international assistance for the next five years, one that is firmly rooted in its commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment through the active promotion of the rights of women and girls. Most donors, including Canada, have had long-standing gender policies to guide their assistance priorities. But with this Ministerial directive for an exclusive focus on women’s rights in international assistance, Canada is unique among its donor peers in the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee. It sends a critically important global signal that the achievement of Agenda 2030 will not be possible without meaningful and substantial progress on SDG Goal Five – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Canada is prepared to step up its leadership for this Goal.
Gender Issues, Foreign Aid, Women, Sustainable Development Goals
Political Geography
Canada, North America