Canada’s federal budget just came out and I’m sorry to say the news isn’t good. Although recently released Feminist International Assistance Policy Indicators are encouraging, today’s budget lacked a meaningful budget increase. It’s time to step up the fight. Specifically, we Canadians have an important part to play in ending AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) & Malaria by supporting the Global Fund.
Over the last year, armed with letters, petitions and prepared statements, ONE members across Canada called on the government to do its fair share. They were in good company too! This call was echoed by organizations like Engineers Without Borders, Results Canada, the GRAN, World Vision, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, Oxfam, the Canadian Labour Congress and Millenium Kids for SDGs. Canada’s all-party Finance Committee also recommended that Canada increase its support to international assistance. Momentum is building.
So what now?
Let me be clear on one thing: YOUR VOICE is the most powerful tool there is in our fight for justice and equality and it’s time to speak up!
Despite today’s news, with your action, Canada could take an opportunity to make a bold commitment fight to end AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Today alone, about 1,000 young women will be infected with HIV. This is completely preventable and Canada’s full support for The Global Fund this year could be a game changer.
Thank you. There are some serious victories ahead of us. Let’s keep the pressure on!