March 8, 2021, Quebec City - To mark International Women's Day, Jean-Yves Duclos, Member of Parliament for Quebec City and President of the Treasury Board, announces funding for a major international cooperation project promoting women's rights and access to quality sexual and reproductive health care.
The Government of Canada will provide $42,300,000 in funding over seven years for the project Strengthening Sexual and Reproductive Health in Benin, Burkina Faso and Mali (PLURIELLES), which will be jointly implemented by the Centre for International Cooperation in Health and Development (CCISD), SOCODEVI and Lawyers Without Borders Canada (LWBC), three Quebec City-based organizations. In addition to this funding, the One Drop Foundation will contribute $4,230,000 and provide technical assistance to improve water, sanitation and hygiene practices in healthcare settings through the foundation's unique Social Art for Behaviour ChangeTM approach.
This will be the first time that the CCISD, LWBC and SOCODEVI consortium will work together on the same project, a first collaboration also with One Drop. The combination of each partner's expertise in health, economic empowerment, law and behavioural change will have a greater impact on the living conditions and well-being of participants.
The project is expected to benefit approximately two million women and adolescent girls in vulnerable situations.
In 2019-2020, close to 3,400,000 people will have access to sexual and reproductive health services thanks to the support of Canada and its feminist international aid policy. Canada is committed to taking concrete action to advance the United Nations' 17 sustainable development goals, which aim to achieve a more prosperous and egalitarian world for all.