On Tuesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would be significantly increasing its annual investment into women’s health both domestically and abroad.
Starting in 2023, the federal government will invest $1.4 billion every year into women and girls’ health funds globally until 2033.
The historic investment will fund sexual and reproductive health rights for women across the globe, including access to safe and legal abortion, comprehensive sexual education, support for maternal and neonatal care, and the advancment of health rights for women internationally.
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“All women, no matter where they live, should have access to the safe, quality health care they need,” said Prime Minister Trudeau in a statement.
“By investing in sexual and reproductive health rights, and maternal, newborn, and child health, we can build a more just, equal, and prosperous world.”
The announcement was made at the international Women Deliver conference which is taking place in Vancouver this year.
Women Deliver is the world’s largest conference on women’s health and rights and only takes place once every three years.
This year’s gathering saw over 8,000 world leaders, advocates, academics, and journalists from over 160 countries in attendance.