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Canada supports further efforts in Iraq and Syria to empower women, girls 

Brussels – Canada is committed to the Global Coalition Against Daesh and to achieving lasting peace in Iraq and Syria.

Today, in Brussels, Belgium, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, participated in the Foreign Ministers Meeting of the Global Coalition Against Daesh. During the meeting, the Minister announced $26.7 million in funding to improve the livelihoods of women and girls. The funding will be used to provide women and girls with access to sexual and reproductive health services, increase women’s roles in decision making in their communities and give them economic opportunities such as small business grants. All of these projects are focused on supporting a more peaceful and prosperous future in the region.

Today’s funding will also support projects aimed at helping to remove improvised explosive devices planted by Daesh in public buildings, such as hospitals, schools and water treatment plants, and projects seeking accountability for Daesh crimes in Iraq and Syria. 

At the meeting, the Minister reinforced the need for all coalition members to put gender equality, including initiatives surrounding women, peace and security, at the centre of all their operations in Iraq and Syria.

Canada also recently announced that it will expand its leadership role in NATO and assume command of a new NATO training and capacity-building mission in Iraq for its first year. Canada’s leadership and contributions will help strengthen Iraqi security forces and create the foundations for longer-term peace and stability in the country.

“Today’s announcement reflects Canada’s unwavering support for the Global Coalition Against Daesh and for the stability of Iraq and Syria. We believe that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are vital to achieving and sustaining peace and security in both countries.” – Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

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