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Improving economic opportunities for women and the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in Ukraine 

Kyiv – Canada is unwavering in its support for Ukraine as that country takes the necessary steps to secure its future as a stable, democratic and prosperous country. This includes helping the Government of Ukraine advance its democratic and economic reform processes so it can be accountable to its citizens and helping rebalance socio-economic inequalities among Ukrainians.

Today, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, announced a new call for preliminary proposals entitled “Growth that works for everyone—Inclusive and shared prosperity in Ukraine.” The $30-million call for preliminary proposals will fund innovative projects to enhance the economic security of rural women, especially those affected by the conflict in the eastern part of the country. The projects will also help to create a more competitive, innovative and sustainable environment for small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as increase employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for women and for vulnerable and marginalized groups.

This announcement was made by Minister Bibeau in Kyiv during a joint press conference with First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv.

“Canada remains committed to the strengthening of its partnership with Ukraine over the long term. When we invest in women and the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, we give them the same opportunity as everyone else to become agents of change and contribute to building a better and more inclusive Ukraine.” – Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development

“Canada established its support program for Ukraine right after Ukraine proclaimed its independence in 1991. Canada’s assistance and support are even more valuable as they are aimed at the most important areas of Ukraine’s reforms: development of democracy, economy, ecology, trade and entrepreneurship. So we may say that every victory of Ukraine has a part of Canadian friendship and support.” – Stepan Kubiv, First Deputy Prime Minister

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