SOS Children’s Villages Canada applauds new investments aimed at advancing gender equality in Canada and around the world in Budget 2018
OTTAWA – February 29, 2018 – SOS Children’s Villages Canada welcomes the federal government’s investment of an additional $2 billion over five years for international development assistance, along with the creation of a dedicated pool of funding for lifesaving humanitarian assistance.
These investments, announced in Budget 2018, are important to advancing Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy and improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children, especially girls caught in conflicts and affected by disasters around the world.
As we look for new and innovative sources of development financing, governments cannot lose sight of the unique ability of official development assistance to address the needs of the world’s most vulnerable.
Sustained investment in development and humanitarian assistance, focused on the most disadvantaged children and women, is critical if we are to truly transform the societal gender norms that perpetuate inequality and harmful practices, which put children at risk of losing parental care.
About SOS Children’s Villages Canada:
For nearly 70 years, SOS Children’s Villages has worked to prevent family breakdown and to protect and care for children who have been orphaned, abandoned, neglected or abused. We work with local communities, partners and governments to ensure that the rights of all children are respected and fulfilled.
In 134 countries, SOS Children’s Villages supports over 2 million beneficiaries through alternative family-based care for orphaned and vulnerable children, community development programs, schools, vocational training programs, medical centres and emergency relief programs.
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For more information please contact:
President & CEO | SOS Children’s Villages Canada
[email protected] | 613-232-3309