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These stories tell us about some of Canada’s international efforts for development, trade and foreign policy. They introduce the projects and partners that drive change. We meet people from all over the world and learn how our actions can make lives better in families, their communities, and sometimes an entire nation.

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2014-10-10Nicaragua, Latin America and the Caribbean

Focusing on Nicaragua's next generation

Publication date: 2014-10-10
Country(s): Nicaragua
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Gender equality, Children, Women and girls, Humanitarian assistance, Health, Food, Education, Economic growth, Environment, Water, Youth

Teaching young farmers in Nicaragua new farming methods helps them grow different crops and introduce environmental techniques.

2015-05-13Egypt, Middle East and North Africa

Empowering women and youth in Egypt

Publication date: 2015-05-13
Country(s): Egypt
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Gender equality, Women and girls, Youth, Education, Economic growth

Helping young Egyptians, especially women, get the job skills they need is essential to their wellbeing.

2015-08-26Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa

WASHing practices in Ghana improve family health

Publication date: 2015-08-26
Country(s): Ghana
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Environment, Water, Humanitarian assistance, Health, Children, Women and girls, Education, Youth

Having a dependable source of safe water improves the health of mothers and children throughout the developing world.

2015-11-10Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa

Community initiatives feed school children in Kenya

Publication date: 2015-11-10
Country(s): Kenya
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Food, Economic growth, Education, Environment, Youth, Children, Women and girls, Health

School councils work with local growers and traders to buy food for the World Food Programme’s school feeding program. It also helps develop the local economy.

2015-11-24Ukraine, Europe

Restoring the lives of human trafficking survivors in Ukraine

Publication date: 2015-11-24
Country(s): Ukraine
Region(s): Europe
Category(s): Youth, Children, Economic growth, Peace, Security, Human rights, Food, Humanitarian assistance, Education

The promise of a high paying job in another country can lure people into the trap of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

2015-11-24Afghanistan, Asia-Pacific

Canada supports Food for Literacy to empower young girls

Publication date: 2015-11-24
Country(s): Afghanistan
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Gender equality, Elimination of violence, Children, Women and girls, Education, Youth

In Afghanistan this food for literacy program encourages families to send girls to school.

2015-12-22Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa

Latrines and tippy taps help more girls attend school in Ghana

Publication date: 2015-12-22
Country(s): Ghana
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Children, Women and girls, Health, Education, Youth, Gender equality

In many communities in Ghana, the lack of adequate latrines, hand-washing facilities and feminine hygiene products keeps girls from attending school during menstruation.

2015-12-22Afghanistan, Asia-Pacific

Improving basic health care services in northern Afghanistan

Publication date: 2015-12-22
Country(s): Afghanistan
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Children, Women and girls, Humanitarian assistance, Health, Environment, Water, Youth

In Afghanistan, support to provide proper handwashing stations with soap and safe water at targeted health centres help prevent diseases.

2015-12-22Ghana, Sub-Saharan Africa

Canada helps improve access to livelihoods and water for communities in northern Ghana

Publication date: 2015-12-22
Country(s): Ghana
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Youth, Water, Environment, Health, Children, Economic growth, Women and girls

Having a dependable source of water helps local families to have safe drinking water throughout the year. This water is also needed to run businesses.

2016-04-13India, Asia-Pacific

Reporting By and On Women – Media Workshops in India

Publication date: 2016-04-13
Country(s): India
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Events, Women

A series of media workshops which discuss the role of women in media in the current global environment.

2016-05-31Afghanistan, Asia-Pacific

Culturally sensitive health care for women in remote Afghanistan

Publication date: 2016-05-31
Country(s): Afghanistan
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Gender equality, Children, Women and girls, Humanitarian assistance, Health, Youth, Human rights, Security, Education

Afghan women train to become midwives as part of the Family Health Houses project. They will then return to their communities to work at a Family Health House, often in a remote area.

2016-05-31Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa

Raising voices for women and girls

Publication date: 2016-05-31
Country(s): Kenya
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Gender equality, Elimination of violence, Children, Women and girls, Youth, Health, Education, Human rights, Peace, Security, Governance, Events

Girls and women are particularly vulnerable in communities plagued with poverty and instability. In developing countries one in nine marries before the age of 15.

2016-06-07Haiti, Latin America and the Caribbean

Cooking up solutions in Haiti

Publication date: 2016-06-07
Country(s): Haiti
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Food, Environment, Security, Water, Humanitarian assistance, Health

Canada is helping tackle Haiti's extreme deforestation and air pollution problems.

2016-06-07Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Middle East and North Africa

Canada supports women in parliaments in the Middle East and North Africa

Publication date: 2016-06-07
Country(s): Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Gender equality, Elimination of violence, Children, Women and girls, Health, Education, Human rights, Youth, Events, Governance, Economic growth

Canada supports efforts to see more women in leadership roles in the Middle East and North Africa. It is well known that having more women in decision-making roles improves the quality of life.

2016-07-15India, Asia-Pacific

KASHISH - Canada supports South Asia's largest LGBT film festival

Publication date: 2016-07-15
Country(s): India
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Events, Gender

Mumbai International Queer Film Festival debuted in 2010 encouraging greater visibility of Indian and International queer cinema. The Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai has been an active participant of the festival for three consecutive years.

2016-08-25Senegal, Sub-Saharan Africa

Women honey producers in Casamance: The women of Saré Souma become self-sufficient through innovation

Publication date: 2016-08-25
Country(s): Senegal
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Gender equality, Women and girls, Education, Economic growth, Environment, Children, Youth

Involving women in beekeeping activates in the community helped men and women to work together and break down cultural barriers.

2016-08-26Senegal, Sub-Saharan Africa

Access to Textbooks in Senegal: A Challenge Overcome!

Publication date: 2016-08-26
Country(s): Senegal
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Children, Youth, Women and girls, Education, Economic growth, Governance

In West African countries, access to textbooks is a major challenge for education systems. The textbook is one of the most powerful tools for influencing the quality of learning.

2016-10-11Ukraine, Europe

Canada’s Commitment to Economic Development Efforts in Ukraine

Publication date: 2016-10-11
Country(s): Ukraine
Region(s): Europe
Category(s): Events, Governance, Economic growth

The Maidan revolution (revolution of dignity) of 2013-14 provided Ukraine with a historic opportunity to make a real break with its Soviet-influenced past and transform itself into a country governed by democratic values and the rule of law. Ukraine’s new government has since committed to implementing additional, much-needed reforms to increase its prosperity.

2016-11-18Bangladesh, Asia-Pacific

When the child is healthy, the mother is happy

Publication date: 2016-11-18
Country(s): Bangladesh
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Youth, Health, Women and girls, Children, Humanitarian assistance

Free vaccinations programs in Bangladesh help immunize children in hard-to-reach areas of the country.

2016-11-18Ethiopia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Canada helps deliver childbirth education in Ethiopia

Publication date: 2016-11-18
Country(s): Ethiopia
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Youth, Children, Women and girls, Humanitarian assistance, Health, Education

In Ethiopia health and survival rates improve with babies are delivered in health centres. Traditional birth attendants encourage mothers to deliver their babies in equipped health centres.

2016-11-18Haiti, Latin America and the Caribbean

Help that is making a big difference

Publication date: 2016-11-18
Country(s): Haiti
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Children, Women and girls, Humanitarian assistance, Health, Education, Youth, Governance

Canada is helping women and children in Haiti access health services. To make this possible, health care professionals need more training and health care needs to be affordable.

2016-11-18Nigeria, Sub-Saharan Africa

Canada partners with the Government of Nigeria to improve maternal, newborn and child health

Publication date: 2016-11-18
Country(s): Nigeria
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Gender equality, Children, Women and girls, Humanitarian assistance, Health, Education, Youth

In Nigeria, improving access to health care for mothers includes providing bed nets to prevent malaria, anti-malaria drugs, blood builders and health education. Children younger than five benefit from products to improve their nutrition.

2016-11-18Tanzania, Sub-Saharan Africa

Registering birth days in Tanzania

Publication date: 2016-11-18
Country(s): Tanzania
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Children, Women and girls, Governance, Education, Youth, Human rights

As recent as 2012, 90% of Tanzanian children younger than five did not have birth certificates. In 2013, Tanzania, with Canada’s help, launched a massive birth registration campaign.

2016-11-28Taiwan, Asia-Pacific

Canada marches for LGBTI Pride in Taipei

Publication date: 2016-11-28
Country(s): Taiwan
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Human rights

Waving “Canada Pride” flags, the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) joined over 80,000 marchers in Taipei’s fourteenth annual LGBTI Pride parade, the largest in all of Asia.

2016-12-01Taiwan, Asia-Pacific

Sharing Canadian values and culture through cinema in Taiwan

Publication date: 2016-12-01
Country(s): Taiwan
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Events

The spotlight was recently on Quebec films in Kaohsiung and Taipei as the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) collaborated with the Kaohsiung International Film Festival and Montreal-based Ciné Tapis Rouge,

2016-05-04Taiwan, Asia-Pacific

Canadian film helps to promote marriage equality in Taiwan

Publication date: 2016-05-04
Country(s): Taiwan
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Events, Gender

Marriage equality is a central issue for the LGBT rights movement in Taiwan. According to a 2012 survey, more than half of the Taiwanese population supported same-sex marriage, yet despite the statistic,

2016-07-20Taiwan, Asia-Pacific

Canadian Media scholar talks about digital, social revolution in Taiwan, Korea, and Hong Kong

Publication date: 2016-07-20
Country(s): Taiwan
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Economic growth

With a Facebook penetration rate of 65%, Taiwan has increasing their reliability on digital media (social media) to influence and stimulate political dialogue and decision making.

2017-02-24Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa

Bridgette becomes president

Publication date: 2017-02-24
Country(s): Kenya
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Gender equality, Elimination of violence, Children, Women and girls, Humanitarian assistance, Education, Youth

Fourteen-year-old Bridgette lives in Kenya...Because I am a Girl...helping to create new school programs, like student governments, that enable youth to take active roles in their education, and feel safe and confident in doing so

2017-04-04Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean

Celebrating the International Day for Mine Awareness in Colombia

Publication date: 2017-04-04
Country(s): Colombia
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Peace, Security, Health, Elimination of violence

2017 is a year of remarkably positive change for Colombia.

2017-04-04Barbados, Latin America and the Caribbean

Call to action in Barbados – “How can you champion gender equality?”

Publication date: 2017-04-04
Country(s): Barbados
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Gender equality, Elimination of violence, Children, Women and girls, Health, Education, Human rights, Youth, Events, Governance

Canada envisions a world where women and girls are valued and empowered, have control over their own lives, fully participate as decision-makers in their homes and societies, and contribute to and benefit from development and prosperity.

2017-05-05Cuba, Latin America and the Caribbean

Cuban International Book Fair helps celebrate Canada 150

Publication date: 2017-05-05
Country(s): Cuba
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Events

In celebration of our 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada was invited to be the guest country of honour at this year’s Cuban international book fair.

2017-05-05Kazakhstan, Europe

Canada 150 hockey days in Kazakhstan

Publication date: 2017-05-05
Country(s): Kazakhstan
Region(s): Europe
Category(s): Events, Youth, Children, Gender equality, Education

To mark the 25th anniversary of Canada-Kazakhstan relations, the Embassy of Canada is drawing upon this shared tradition through its Canada 150 Hockey Days in Kazakhstan initiative.

2017-05-05Greece, Europe

Canada in Greece showcases Canadian films for Canada 150

Publication date: 2017-05-05
Country(s): Greece
Region(s): Europe
Category(s): Events, Education

A kickoff to anniversary celebrations in Greece, the Canadian mission in Athens presented a film festival to showcase Canadian films.

2017-05-11Qatar, Middle East and North Africa

Canadians in Qatar celebrate Canada 150 and National Flag Day

Publication date: 2017-05-11
Country(s): Qatar
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Events

On February 15 each year, we celebrate National Flag of Canada Day, in Canada and at our missions around the world.

2017-06-09Denmark, Europe

The Incredible Journey: Canadian scientific instruments return home after drifting 8000 km through the Arctic Ocean

Publication date: 2017-06-15
Country(s): Denmark
Region(s): Europe
Category(s): Water, Environment

Arctic science just received a huge boost! After nine months drifting on ice floes through the Arctic Ocean and North Atlantic Ocean, two Canadian science stations have been successfully recovered off the East coast of Greenland by the Royal Danish Navy.

2017-06-15Japan, Asia-Pacific

The Embassy of Canada to Japan joins Tokyo Pride in celebration of diversity

Publication date: 2017-06-15
Country(s): Japan
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Events, Gender equality, Elimination of violence, Human rights

On May 6th and 7th, the Embassy of Canada joined in the celebrations of Tokyo Pride, Japan’s largest and best known celebration for the LGBTI community.

2017-06-27Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean

Celebrating Canada’s 150th across Brazil

Publication date: 2017-06-27
Country(s): Brazil
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Events

Canada’s six diplomatic missions in Brazil partnered to launch the Canada 150 activities with a Trade Roadshow in Recife and Francofolies celebration in Brasilia.

2017-07-06Kazakhstan, Europe

Kazakhstan celebrates 150 years of Canadian Confederation with star-packed Hockey Days

Publication date: 2017-07-06
Country(s): Kazakhstan
Region(s): Europe
Category(s): Youth, Events, Children, Women and girls

Canada and Kazakhstan share a love of hockey. On May 20 and 21, 2017, the Embassy of Canada to Kazakhstan (ASTNA) staged a hockey festival to honour that mutual passion and celebrate two milestones.

2017-08-11Dominican Republic, Latin America and the Caribbean

The Dominican Republic commemorates Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation

Publication date: 2017-08-11
Country(s): Dominican Republic
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Youth, Events, Children

Canada celebrated its 150th Anniversary in Santo Domingo with a reception and fireworks lighting up the sky, summer hockey event, a cooking workshop with youth, and a music concert.

2017-08-28United States, The North American relationship

Canada celebrates Capital Pride in Washington, D.C.

Publication date: 2017-08-28
Country(s): United States
Region(s): The North American relationship
Category(s): Gender equality, Events

Canadians in the area joined Embassy staff in raising signs to support the Parade’s theme, Unapologetically Proud, with sayings like “Excuse my Pride” and “Polite and Proud.”

2017-08-28Iraq, Middle East and North Africa

First Canada Day in Iraq in 20 years!

Publication date: 2017-08-28
Country(s): Iraq
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Events

On July 9, the Canadian Embassy in Baghdad celebrated the first Canada Day in Iraq in more than two decades.

2017-08-29Mongolia, Asia-Pacific

Canada 150 celebrated in Mongolia

Publication date: 2017-08-29
Country(s): Mongolia
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Events

Mongolia’s annual Canada Day reception took place at the Choijin Lama Temple museum in the heart of the capital Ulaanbaatar.

2017-08-29Poland, Europe

Canada’s embassy in Poland transports virtual visitors at science show

Publication date: 2017-08-29
Country(s): Poland
Region(s): Europe
Category(s): Events

Warsaw’s Canadian Embassy booth showcased a 360-video virtual reality kit.

2017-08-29Guatemala, Latin America and the Caribbean

Guatemala mission highlights CANADA 150 themes

Publication date: 2017-08-29
Country(s): Guatemala
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Youth, Events, Environment, Humanitarian assistance, Children

Guatemala is embracing the themes of Canada’s 150 in a number of ways. All activities are designed to focus on youth, celebrate our diversity, establish a spirit of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and strengthen our environmental awareness.

2017-08-30Indonesia, Asia-Pacific

Indonesia pushes the boat out to celebrate Canada150

Publication date: 2017-08-30
Country(s): Indonesia
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Events

Cardboard cut-outs of Ryan Gosling, Drake, Celine Dion and other Canadian celebrities stood on guard to help Indonesia celebrate Canada150. Videos from Simple plan and Shawn Mendes played along to display even more Canadian talent.

2017-08-30Belize, Latin America and the Caribbean

Celebrating Canada in Belize

Publication date: 2017-08-30
Country(s): Belize
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Events

High Commissioner Chatsis and her team participate in a Belizean morning show to promote the exhibit and Canada150.

2017-08-30Spain, Europe

Canada 150 and Canadian Agrifood centre stage at leading Spanish trade show

Publication date: 2017-08-30
Country(s): Spain
Region(s): Europe
Category(s): Events, Food

In recognition of Canada 150 and the free-trade agreement between Canada and the European Union, Canada was named Country of Honour at Madrid’s Salón de Gourmets, one of the largest food shows in Europe.

2017-09-21India, Asia-Pacific

Gifts that Give

Publication date: 2017-09-21
Country(s): India
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Children, Education

MMBAI has made donations to two local schools for underprivileged kids. The donated funds were raised by auctioning gifts that the mission received from official events over the past year.

2017-09-07Turkey, Europe

Taking action on World Environment Day: tree-planting in Ankara, Turkey

Publication date: 2017-09-07
Country(s): Turkey
Region(s): Europe
Category(s): Environment, Events

The Embassy of Canada in Turkey marked World Environment Day June 5 with the opening of a new park in Ankara’s Yenimahalle municipality.

2017-10-19Jordan, Middle East and North Africa

Reproductive health care in Jordan - key to empowering women and girls

Publication date: 2017-10-19
Country(s): Jordan
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Children, Women and girls, Gender equality, Elimination of violence, Health, Youth, Human rights, Education, Humanitarian assistance

In the early morning hours, the Women’s Comprehensive Health Centre north of Amman, Jordan is already a hub of activity.

2017-10-24Vietnam, Asia-Pacific

Thinking Green in Vietnam

Publication date: 2017-10-24
Country(s): Vietnam
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Events, Economic growth, Environment, Water, Education

Vietnam’s energy system is increasingly carbon-intensive, using coal, gas and petroleum products such as petrol and diesel. These fossil fuels are some of the biggest contributors to global climate change and contribute to problematic air, soil and water pollution.

2017-10-25Mali, Ukraine, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe

Canada contributes to increasing access to justice in Mali and Ukraine

Publication date: 2017-10-25
Country(s): Mali, Ukraine
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe
Category(s): Peace, Security, Elimination of violence, Gender equality, Humanitarian assistance, Governance, Human rights, Women and girls

Canadian efforts to improve access to justice in Mali and Ukraine, and many other countries around the world, are helping to strengthen the work of government institutions and processes, and civil society organizations.

2017-10-26Chile, Latin America and the Caribbean

The Embassy of Canada to Chile held the second annual Cool Canada film festival, August 16 to 27, 2017

Publication date: 2017-10-26
Country(s): Chile
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Gender equality, Events

The Embassy of Canada to Chile held the second annual Cool Canada film festival (August 16 to 27, 2017) building on the success of last year’s first edition.

2017-10-27Indonesia, Asia-Pacific

Preparing for a new reality – Indonesian fisherwomen adapt to the effects of climate change

Publication date: 2017-10-27
Country(s): Indonesia
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Gender equality, Economic growth, Environment, Water, Food, Women and girls, Education, Humanitarian assistance

Fisherwomen and their communities in East Java prepare for the effects of climate change with support from the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives.

2017-11-03Indonesia, Asia-Pacific

Protecting religious rights in Indonesia

Publication date: 2017-11-03
Country(s): Indonesia
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Human rights, Peace, Security, Elimination of violence

Home to hundreds of ethnic groups, Indonesia is a country full of different cultures, languages, and religions.

2017-11-07Pakistan, Asia-Pacific

Inclusive Democratic Participation in Pakistan

Publication date: 2017-11-07
Country(s): Pakistan
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Women and girls, Health, Gender equality, Education, Human rights, Children

In Pakistan today, local activists have reported a change in dialogue when it comes to disability.

2017-11-14Peru, Latin America and the Caribbean

Indigenous youth share their stories

Publication date: 2017-11-14
Country(s): Peru
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Events, Youth, Children, Education

Community storytelling inspires Indigenous youth in Peru to produce films on cultural and traditional knowledge in their rural communities.

2017-11-28Bangladesh, Asia-Pacific

Canada awards Bangladesh officials in the battle against Child, Early and Forced Marriage

Publication date: 2017-11-28
Country(s): Bangladesh
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Gender equality, Elimination of violence, Children, Women and girls, Human rights

Canada is a firm defender of children’s rights including the right to live without the dangers of child, early and forced marriage (CEFM).

2017-12-08Indonesia, Asia-Pacific

Youth leaders tackle climate change at Model ASEAN

Publication date: 2017-12-08
Country(s): Indonesia
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Events, Environment, Governance, and Youth

The impacts of climate change are becoming a reality for many Southeast Asians, as the region is highly vulnerable to rising sea levels, severe storms, and droughts.

2017-12-12Lebanon, Middle East and North Africa

Canada Supports Strong Women through Education, Entrepreneurship

Publication date: 2017-12-12
Country(s): Lebanon
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Women and girls, Education, Human rights

Mouna lives in Akkar with her husband and three children. She used to be an English teacher, but since becoming a mother has struggled to find suitable work.

2017-12-13Finland, Europe

Canada and Finland mark Sámi National Day by discussing Indigenous education

Publication date: 2017-12-13
Country(s): Finland
Region(s): Europe
Category(s): Human rights, Education, Gender equality

The Embassy of Canada to Finland recently invited two prominent Sámi educational experts to share their experiences in indigenous education.

2018-01-12Jordan, Middle East and North Africa

Empowering women and protecting the environment through waste management

Publication date: 2017-12-28
Country(s): Jordan
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Human rights, Education, Gender equality

Recently, Peter MacDougall, Ambassador of Canada to Jordan, and Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Al-Mulki, inaugurated the first environmentally friendly sanitary cell at Al-Akeider landfill in Irbid.

2018-01-25Canada, The North American relationship

Canadian cleantech companies expand profile and shrink environmental footprint

Publication date: 2018-01-25
Country(s): Canada
Region(s): The North American relationship
Category(s): Clean Technologies

‘Time to brag’ as Canadian Trade Commissioner Service supports international innovators

2018-03-01Tanzania, Sub-Saharan Africa

Passionate teen leads fight against FGM in Tanzania

Publication date: 2018-03-01
Country(s): Tanzania
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Children, Education, Women and girls, Health, Human rights, Youth

The High Commission of Canada in Tanzania continues to support the work of Valerie Msoka as CEFM Champion as she empowers young women to fight against FGM.

2018-03-05Iraq, Middle East and North Africa

Smashing tensions in Iraq, one volleyball tournament at a time

Publication date: 2018-03-05
Country(s): Iraq
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Event, Youth, Health

The first volleyball tournament held in Qamchugha, Iraq, was unlike other sports events: it broke barriers between Kurds and Arabs in the community.

2018-03-05Iraq, Middle East and North Africa

Language, the bridge builder in Iraq

Publication date: 2018-03-05
Country(s): Iraq
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Women, Education

Samira Muhammed Ali is a Kurdish mother living in a mainly Kurdish area of Chamchamal. When Sunni Arabs families relocated to her neighbourhood.

2018-03-05Iraq, Middle East and North Africa

From Iraq, with kisses

Publication date: 2018-03-05
Country(s): Iraq
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Event

In 2004, a land dispute led to increasingly tense relationships between the three major tribes of a community in northern Diyala Governorate. Over a decade later,

2018-03-14Iraq, Middle East and North Africa

Promoting social cohesion in Iraq

Publication date: 2018-03-14
Country(s): Iraq
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Event

Since the beginning of the war in Iraq, in 2014, more than 3 million people—almost one Iraqi in 10—have been forced to leave their homes, becoming internally displaced persons.

2018-04-06Iraq, Middle East and North Africa

Cleaning Up Daesh’s Explosive Legacy in Iraq

Publication date: 2018-04-06
Country(s): Iraq
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Mines, Security, Elimination of violence

In August 2015, the Peshmerga drove the Daesh fighters out of Mosherfa. Almost all the families that had fled came back to settle in the village.

2018-04-13Egypt, Middle East and North Africa

Empowering young Egyptian women to be entrepreneurs

Publication date: 2018-04-04
Country(s): Egypt
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Children, Economic growth, Education, Gender equality, Human rights, Women and girls, Youth

The Embassy of Canada to Egypt continues to empower and encourage young women leaders to make a positive impact in their community.

2018-04-13Jordan, Middle East and North Africa

From Isolation to Integration in Jordan

Publication date: 2018-04-04
Country(s): Jordan
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s):Children, Education, Human rights, Humanitarian assistance, Peace, Youth

The Embassy of Canada to Jordan works with local partners to deliver comprehensive services for refugee and Jordanian children.

2018-04-17Brazil, Latin America and the Caribbean

Supporting Venezuelan Migrants in Brazil

Publication date: 2018-04-17
Country(s): Brazil
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Children, Education, Gender equality, Health, Human rights, Humanitarian Assistant, Women and girls, Youth

The Embassy of Canada to Brazil continues to support the most vulnerable of Indigenous Venezuelan migrants fleeing to Roraima, Brazil.

2018-05-16Australia, Asia-Pacific

Papua New Guinea: Helping women – helping communities

Publication date: 2018-05-16
Country(s): Australia
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Children, Economic growth, Education, Gender equality, Health, Human rights, Women and girls, Youth, Food

Collaboration on building healthy families and communities leads the way towards better equality between men and women, and can reduce the prevalence of gender-based violence (GBV).

2018-04-17Colombia, Latin America and the Caribbean

Colombian GBV survivors share their stories

Publication date: 2018-04-17
Country(s): Colombia
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Education, Gender equality, Elimination of Violence, Human rights, Women and girls, Youth

Colombian GBV survivors share their stories

2018-04-20Barbados, Latin America and the Caribbean

How can you champion women’s rights?

Publication date: 2018-04-20
Country(s): Barbados
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Education, Gender equality, Elimination of Violence, Human rights, Women and girls, Youth

Three young leaders get to “Be High Commissioner for a Day” in recognition of their work advocating for gender equality.

2018-05-28Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa

M-SAWA project empowers small entrepreneurs: Gloria’s story

Publication date: 2018-05-28
Country(s): Kenya
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Women

MEDA’s Maendeleo Sawa (M-SAWA) project is actively working to combat unemployment by empowering people through private equity investment and matching grants.

2018-05-31Iraq, Middle East and North Africa

Shipping stability in a box to Iraq

Publication date: 2018-05-31
Country(s): Iraq
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Peace, Security, Elimination of violence

In 2017, 100 communities in Iraq received an unusual gift: a “Police Presence Box”.

2018-06-07India, Asia-Pacific

Turning words to action in India’s fight for transgender rights

Publication date: 2018-06-07
Country(s): India
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Events, Gender Equality, Human rights, Women and girls

Dhananjay Chauhan, one of North India’s most influential advocates, is fighting to improve transgender rights.

2018-06-14Burkina Faso, Sub-Saharan Africa

Food security in West Africa: a geographical issue

Publication date: 2018-06-14
Country(s): Burkina Faso
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Agriculture, Economic growth

Burkina Faso is a country familiar with food insecurities. The nation is land-locked, situated south of Mali and North of Ghana, with the northern portion located in a region known as the Sahel.

2018-06-19Kenya, Sub-Saharan Africa

M-SAWA project: Kwale coconuts

Publication date: 2018-06-19
Country(s): Kenya
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Economic growth

Coconut oil. You can find it in supermarkets across North America, but have you ever wondered where it comes from?

2018-06-21Colombia, Czech Republic, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe

Women activists fight to bridge the WikiGap

Publication date: 2018-06-21
Country(s): Colombia, Czech Republic
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe
Category(s): Events, Gender Equality, Human rights, Information and Communications Technologies, Women and girls

Of nearly six million English articles on Wikipedia, fewer than 20% of profiles are about women.

2018-06-26Lebanon, Syria, Middle East and North Africa

From Syria to the stage: Diana’s story

Publication date: 2018-06-26
Country(s): Lebanon, Syria
Region(s): Middle East and North Africa
Category(s): Children, Education, Gender equality, Human rights, Humanitarian assistance, Peace, Women and girls, Youth

For a generation of refugees that was feared “lost,” a theatre program in Lebanon brings hope.

2018-06-30Côte d'Ivoire, Sub-Saharan Africa

Sowing seeds for gender equality through agriculture in Côte d’Ivoire

Publication date: 2018-07-17
Country(s): Côte d'Ivoire
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Agriculture and Processed Foods, Clean Technologies, Environment, Food, Gender Equality, Women and Girls

The Embassy of Canada to Côte d’Ivoire, along with local non-government organization (NGO) “La Pierre Angulaire,” is addressing gender equality and they’re starting by shifting the role of women in agriculture.

2018-07-03Afghanistan, Asia-Pacific

Building gender equality in the Afghanistan police force

Publication date: 2018-07-03
Country(s): Afghanistan
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Women and girls, Gender equality, Elimination of violence

Canada is committed to support Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces. Through its Peace and Stabilization Operations Program, Canada contributed US$26 million towards the construction of a Women’s Police Town (Phase 1) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

2018-07-04Mali, Sub-Saharan Africa

Helping local communities build trust in Mali

Publication date: 2018-07-04
Country(s): Mali
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Gender equality, Humanitarian assistance, Human rights, Women and girls

Aminatou is an active member of the local forum, the President of CAFO (Coordination des ONG et des Associations Feminine) in her commune and a leader of a local women’s mediation commission which is actively supported by the forum of Borem-Inaly.

2018-07-20Taiwan, Vietnam, Asia-Pacific

Canada champions LGBTQ2 rights across Asia-Pacific

Publication date: 2018-07-20
Country(s): Taiwan, Vietnam
Region(s): Asia-Pacific
Category(s): Elimination of violence, Events, Human rights

For Canadian offices in the Asia-Pacific region, advocating for LGBTQ2 persons means navigating strict laws, religious conventions, and local community organizations. But the goal is always the same: to honour Canada’s commitment to fight for the rights of LGBTQ2 people around the world.

2018-08-10Chile, Latin America and the Caribbean

Canada Day celebration in Chile highlights Diversity and Inclusion

Publication date: 2018-08-10
Country(s): Chile
Region(s): Latin America and the Caribbean
Category(s): Events, Gender Equality, Human Rights, Environment

This year, the Embassy of Canada to Chile held its Canada Day celebration highlighting the importance of a key theme: Diversity and Inclusion.

2018-08-10South Sudan, Sub-Saharan Africa

Promoting freedom of the press in South Sudan

Publication date: 2018-08-10
Country(s): South Sudan
Region(s): Sub-Saharan Africa
Category(s): Elimination of violence, Women and girls, Human rights, Events

Freedom of the press plays a fundamental role in the functioning of democracy. It fosters transparency, encourages public trust and participation, and promotes open discussion of public policy.

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