Today, the Trudeau government pledged CAD $180 million to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) on behalf of Canada. This is a strong pledge that comes at the end of amazing campaigning on the part of the 50,000 Canadians who urged the Trudeau government to make this a priority!
The pledge will help address the global education crisis that has left millions of impoverished young women out of school. Today, more than 130 million girls are out of school because they lack access to a quality education. They are missing out on opportunities to fulfil their potential, and are more vulnerable as a result: Girls out of school are more likely to become child brides, more vulnerable to diseases like HIV, and more likely to die young.
Upon the announcement of Canada’s pledge, ONE’s Canada Director, Stuart Hickox, said:
“We applaud the Trudeau government for announcing a strong pledge to fund educational opportunities for girls and women. It’s not enough to simply say you support the empowerment of girls and women — those words must be backed by investments like this one. Today’s announcement is a recognition that efforts to build a safer, more stable, and more economically productive world are dependent upon women and girls receiving a strong education. We have seen from coast to coast that Canadians are eager to see the Trudeau government back its laudable aspiration with action by being more ambitious in supporting women’s empowerment.
“I want to thank the thousands upon thousands of ONE members who used their voice and the over 100 members who visited MP’s in ridings across Canada to urge their elected leaders to be bold and support additional education opportunities for young women. As Canada’s presidency of the G7 gets underway, we hope this investment is a sign that the Trudeau government will follow through with even more ambitious action and more significant new investments on women’s economic empowerment. Health, education and economic empowerment are the steps to ending the cycle of extreme poverty.”
— ONE (@ONECampaign) January 25, 2018