The Canadian Government recently put forth a bold plan to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. The Feminist International Assistance Policy has an admirable aim of reducing poverty and building a more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world but will only be successful if it’s complemented by equally ambitious financing.
Education is one of the most powerful ways to reduce poverty and empower women and girls. Girls who are educated are more likely to have smaller families, give birth to healthier babies and make higher wages. Families, communities and countries all benefit when children receive a quality education yet there are still 263 million children and youth out of school, the majority of them girls.
Education is clearly an important investment that pays off. Still, the global education financing gap is increasing and Canadian spending on education remains very low: it sits at less than 7 cents per dollar spent on official development assistance. We can do better. For this reason we are asking the Canadian Government to double its commitment to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to CAD $260 million over three years (2018-2020). This bold commitment will ensure that Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy is adequately financed and therefore truly transformative.