The challenge: We have seen significant reductions in global poverty since 1990, but not everyone has benefitted equally. Hundreds of millions of women and girls are still poor and remain disproportionately affected by poverty, including unequal access to resources, opportunities, and choices. According to UN women, not a single country in the world can claim to have achieved gender equality. Women and girls continue to face obstacles in law and culture which translate to a world where they are undervalued, work more, earn less, have fewer choices, and experience violence at home and in public.
Our solution: We strive towards a future where gender does not determine status, power to make decisions, or access to resources and services – a world where women, men, girls, and boys can all reach their full potential. We promote gender equality in all of our programs by engaging women and men, girls and boys, to address the underlying beliefs and practices that create and reinforce gender inequalities. We also empower the disadvantaged, whether male or female, to develop confidence and skills and take control over their lives, and invest in institutions and relationships that facilitate an environment that supports gender equality.
- Civil Society
- Economic Inclusion
- Engaging Canadians
- Environment and Climate Change
- Food Security and Nutrition
- Gender Equality
To mark Gender Equality Week at the end of September, we sat down with program manager Conrad Koczorowski to learn more about his work and a recent trip to Bamyan province in Afghanistan.
Mellissa Fung’s reporting project focused on women’s rights in post-NATO Afghanistan.
Marc Ellison’s reporting project focused on child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) in Tanzania.
While program has transformed lives in the classroom, it has lifted up women in the community as well.
Every morning Dr. Hajira tours the maternity wards at the Faizabad hospital with other doctors and trainees.
Jane Wanyama is the CEO of Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu. Her position is rare for a woman in East Africa – or for that matter, anywhere in the world.
The first 1,000 days of a child’s life, it is said, sets the stage for all future growth.