Gender Equality

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.

Improving Access to Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health in Mwanza, Tanzania (IMPACT)

Duration: 2017-2021 Location: Tanzania Reach: 974,400 people (695,000 women and girls; 279,400 men and boys) Budget: $14.7 million (Global Affairs Canada:

Integrated Newborn Care Kit (iNCK)

Duration: 2018-2021 Location: Afghanistan, Pakistan Reach: 37,000 pregnant women Budget: $2 million (Grand Challenges Canada: $1 million; AKFC: $1 million) The

Scaling Up Affordable, Quality, and Contextually Relevant Preschool Provision in Kenya (MECP)

Duration: 2018-2021 Location: Kenya Reach: 10,000 children aged 4 to 6 (5,000 girls and 5,000 boys) Budget: $2 million (Grand Challenges

Assessment of Different Implementation Models of Health and Health-related Sustainable Development Goals (IM-SDG)

Duration: 2018-2019 Location: Global Reach: This is a research project with no direct beneficiaries. Budget: $560,000 (International Development Research Centre: $280,000;

Strengthening Partnerships to Advance Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Women and Adolescents in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique (SPARC)

Duration: 2018-2023 Location: Mozambique Reach: 449,500 people (234,600 women and adolescent girls; 214,900 men and adolescent boys) Budget: $21.9 million (Global

A home away from home

In Bamyan, Afghanistan, a Canadian-supported dormitory has become a powerful tool for breaking down significant barriers to education for young women and girls.

Dispatch from the field: It takes a village

Elizabeth Kuroyedov is part of the 2017-2018 cohort of the International Youth Fellowship Program. She is currently placed with Aga Khan Rural Support Program India (AKRSPI).

It takes a village

We were all once children. We were all once young, full of hope and potential.

“There is so much good going on…”

As September turned into October, six Canadians from different walks of life embarked on a journey through Kenya to get a glimpse into the work AKFC is supporting around the world.