Behind Vancouver’s massive and mysterious Women Deliver conference

Behind Vancouver's massive and mysterious Women Deliver conference

Penney Kome
June 18, 2019

Hardly anyone local was prepared when a New York-based organization named Women Deliver swept into Vancouver in early June to discuss gender equality with 8,000 political leaders, advocates, academics and journalists from 165 countries -- and another 100,000 people globally participating online -- and then swept out again. Wait! Who was that masked stranger?

What made the conference (and the organization) really daring though, was the subject: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). If a Women Deliver conference was held in an anti-abortion jurisdiction -- say, the state of Alabama -- the whole state might implode in frustration.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/other-hand/2019/06/behind-vancouvers-massive-and-mysterious-women-deliver-conference

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Behind Vancouver’s massive and mysterious Women Deliver conference

Behind Vancouver's massive and mysterious Women Deliver conference

Penney Kome
June 18, 2019

Hardly anyone local was prepared when a New York-based organization named Women Deliver swept into Vancouver in early June to discuss gender equality with 8,000 political leaders, advocates, academics and journalists from 165 countries -- and another 100,000 people globally participating online -- and then swept out again. Wait! Who was that masked stranger?

What made the conference (and the organization) really daring though, was the subject: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). If a Women Deliver conference was held in an anti-abortion jurisdiction -- say, the state of Alabama -- the whole state might implode in frustration.

http://rabble.ca/blogs/bloggers/other-hand/2019/06/behind-vancouvers-massive-and-mysterious-women-deliver-conference

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When we improve the lives of women and girls, we all benefit

When we improve the lives of women and girls, we all benefit

Rachel Pulfer
Special to The Globe and Mail
June 6, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this week that Canada would invest $14-billion over 10 years – $1.4-billion a year – to improve global health for women and girls. Couched in that announcement: a commitment of $700-million for sexual and reproductive-health rights.

The funding puts Canada in a leadership position on women’s and girls’ health outcomes globally. It is grounded in bipartisan values, building on the Harper Conservatives’ focus on maternal health. It’s good, solid, evidence-based policy. And yet it’s being attacked as one more example of the Liberals’ myopic focus on gender over all else, election-year posturing, or too little, too late.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-when-we-improve-the-lives-of-women-and-girls-we-all-benefit/

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Canada will step up on global women’s health as other nations step back, Justin Trudeau says

Canada will step up on global women's health as other nations step back, Justin Trudeau says

Thomson Reuters Foundation
Jun 5, 2019

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA - Canada will increase its global spending on women’s and girls’ health as other countries “are stepping back,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, citing threats to abortion access and violence against women.

Trudeau said the politicization of women’s rights was having “devastating consequences” around the world as he made the commitment, which comes as the United States scales back its support for female sexual and reproductive health worldwide.

Continued: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/06/05/world/science-health-world/canada-will-step-global-womens-health-nations-step-back-trudeau/#.XPfY_497lPY

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Is Canadian government cash helping to back El Salvador’s harsh abortion law?

Is Canadian government cash helping to back El Salvador's harsh abortion law?
Federal funding supports prosecutors enforcing what some have called the most draconian abortion law anywhere

Evan Dyer · CBC News
Posted: May 30, 2019

In the end, Imelda Cortez's story was too much even for El Salvador's famously harsh courts. Her case was making news around the world, and DNA had confirmed that the newborn she was accused of attempting to murder was the product of rape by a 70-year-old stepfather who'd abused her throughout her childhood.

Cortez, 20, the daughter of a poor rural family, insisted she didn't know she was pregnant until she entered an outhouse and a child came out.

Continued: https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/el-salvador-abortion-trudeau-ottawa-1.5153265

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Lack of access is forcing Canadian women to the U.S. for abortions. That’s ’cause for concern’: minister

Lack of access is forcing Canadian women to the U.S. for abortions. That’s ’cause for concern’: minister

By Amanda Connolly and Rachel Browne Global News
May 29, 2019

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor says the fact that dozens of Canadian women are forced to go to the U.S. every year for abortions they cannot get here is “cause for concern” while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he plans to raise the issue of abortion access with Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday.

“We certainly believe that women have the right to choose, and when I hear reports of that nature, it certainly is cause for concern,” said Petitpas Taylor in response to an exclusive report by Global News outlining the gaps in access to abortion that Canadian women face across the country.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5329851/ginette-petitpas-taylor-abortion-canada/

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Canada – The House of Commons just gave a standing ovation for abortion rights — minus the Conservatives

The House of Commons just gave a standing ovation for abortion rights — minus the Conservatives

By Amanda Connolly National Online Journalist (Politics) Global News
May 29, 2019

With reproductive rights under assault south of the border, members of the Canadian House of Commons rose in a standing ovation to affirm support for a woman’s right to choose — that is, except the Conservatives.

One day after Global News reported that dozens of Canadian woman across the country are being sent to the U.S. for abortions they cannot access here and on the heel of a pledge by the Quebec government to make late-term abortion accessible to women in the province, Bloc Quebecois MP Monique Pauzé asked for unanimous consent on a motion related to abortion.

Continued: https://globalnews.ca/news/5330986/canada-reproductive-rights-applause-parliament/

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NGOs call on Canada to renew foreign funding for women and children before it runs out in 2020

NGOs call on Canada to renew foreign funding for women and children before it runs out in 2020

Michelle Zilio, Parliamentary affairs reporter
April 12, 2019

Dozens of non-governmental organizations are urging the Trudeau government to make renewed, long-term investments in the health and rights of women and children around the world before Canadian foreign-aid funding for the sector runs out next year.

Most of Canada’s international funding for maternal, newborn and child health, and sexual and reproductive rights, is set to expire in 2020. Health and rights groups worry a massive global funding gap left by the Trump administration’s crackdown on international abortion funding will deepen if Canada and other countries do not renew and increase their investments in the field.

Continued: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-ngos-call-on-canada-to-renew-foreign-funding-for-women-and-children/

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There’s a backlash against sex education in ‘Feminist Canada’

There’s a backlash against sex education in ‘Feminist Canada’
Canada appears progressive on the world stage. But under pressure from the Christian right, Ontario’s premier scrapped modern sex education.

Nandini Archer
13 February 2019

The recent decision in the Canadian province of Ontario, to scrap its modern sex education curriculum, is “a significant retrogressive step” and “part of the backlash” against sexual and reproductive rights, said Sandeep Prasad, executive director of the NGO Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights.

Last year, the 2015 sex education curriculum for pre-teens, which addressed issues from consent to LGBT rights, was replaced with that from 1998. The provincial government also introduced a hotline – dubbed the “snitch line” by critics – for parents to report on teachers who continue to teach these topics.

Continued: https://www.opendemocracy.net/5050/nandini-archer/backlash-against-sex-education-feminist-canada

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$350m pledge to drive family planning targeting young

$350m pledge to drive family planning targeting young

By Judd-Leonard Okafor
Published Date Nov 14, 2018

At least three donors have announced up to $350 million in new funding for family planning services and commodities for women and girls spanning nearly 27 of the lowest-income countries.

The UK’s Department for International Development will invest some $260m in a new flagship programme Women’s Integrated Sexual Health to ensure voluntary contraception for up to six million couples.

Continued: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/350m-pledge-to-drive-family-planning-targeting-young.html

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