Canada’s international aid policy is now ‘feminist’. It still won’t help women | Rafia Zakaria

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Changing the label may be easy, but western aid won’t help women in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan without radical change

For a good while the world has known that Canada has a feminist prime minister in Justin Trudeau. But now it has gone further and adopted a “feminist international assistance policy”.

According to Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister, this new policy was developed after consultations with 15,000 people from 60 countries. In operation, it will refocus billions of Canadian aid dollars toward “advancing gender equality” and “the empowerment of women and girls”. In terms of scale and percentage, the change is tremendous. Canada has, in the years since 2010, spent only 1-2% of its international assistance funds on women. With the adoption of this new policy that number will increase to 90% by 2022.

Present-day conferences on Afghanistan forget to include Afghan women or worse, reduce them to tokens

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