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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

Focusing on Nicaragua's next generation

Publication date: 2014-10-10
Country(s) / region(s): Nicaragua
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

Empowering women and youth in Egypt

Publication date: 2015-05-13
Country(s) / region(s): Egypt
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

WASHing practices in Ghana improve family health

Publication date: 2015-08-26
Country(s) / region(s): Ghana
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

Community initiatives feed school children in Kenya

Publication date: 2015-11-10
Country(s) / region(s): Kenya
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

Restoring the lives of human trafficking survivors in Ukraine

Publication date: 2015-11-24
Country(s) / region(s): Ukraine
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

Canada supports Food for Literacy to empower young girls

Publication date: 2015-11-24
Country(s) / region(s): Afghanistan
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

Latrines and tippy taps help more girls attend school in Ghana

Publication date: 2015-12-22
Country(s) / region(s): Ghana
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

Improving basic health care services in northern Afghanistan

Publication date: 2015-12-22
Country(s) / region(s): Afghanistan
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

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

Publication date: 2015-12-22
Country(s) / region(s): Ghana
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

Reporting By and On Women – Media Workshops in India

Publication date: 2016-04-13
Country(s) / region(s): India
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

Culturally sensitive health care for women in remote Afghanistan

Publication date: 2016-05-31
Country(s) / region(s): Afghanistan
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

Raising voices for women and girls

Publication date: 2016-05-31
Country(s) / region(s): Kenya
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

Cooking up solutions in Haiti

Publication date: 2016-06-07
Country(s) / region(s): Haiti
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

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

Publication date: 2016-06-07
Country(s) / region(s): Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
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

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

Publication date: 2016-07-15
Country(s) / region(s): India
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

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

Publication date: 2016-08-25
Country(s) / region(s): Senegal
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

Access to Textbooks in Senegal: A Challenge Overcome!

Publication date: 2016-08-26
Country(s) / region(s): Senegal
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

Canada’s Commitment to Economic Development Efforts in Ukraine

Publication date: 2016-10-11
Country(s) / region(s): Ukraine
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

When the child is healthy, the mother is happy

Publication date: 2016-11-18
Country(s) / region(s): Bangladesh
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

Canada helps deliver childbirth education in Ethiopia

Publication date: 2016-11-18
Country(s) / region(s): Ethiopia
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

Help that is making a big difference

Publication date: 2016-11-18
Country(s) / region(s): Haiti
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

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

Publication date: 2016-11-18
Country(s) / region(s): Nigeria
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

Registering birth days in Tanzania

Publication date: 2016-11-18
Country(s) / region(s): Tanzania
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.

2017-02-24Kenya

Bridgette becomes president

Publication date: 2017-02-24
Country(s) / region(s): Kenya
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

Celebrating the International Day for Mine Awareness in Colombia

Publication date: 2017-04-04
Country(s) / region(s): Colombia
Category(s): Peace, Security, Health, Elimination of violence

2017 is a year of remarkably positive change for Colombia.

2017-04-04Barbados

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

Publication date: 2017-04-04
Country(s) / region(s): Barbados
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

Cuban International Book Fair helps celebrate Canada 150

Publication date: 2017-05-05
Country(s) / region(s): Cuba
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

Canada 150 hockey days in Kazakhstan

Publication date: 2017-05-05
Country(s) / region(s): Kazakhstan
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

Canada in Greece showcases Canadian films for Canada 150

Publication date: 2017-05-05
Country(s) / region(s): Greece
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

Canadians in Qatar celebrate Canada 150 and National Flag Day

Publication date: 2017-05-11
Country(s) / region(s): Qatar
Category(s): Events

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

2017-06-15Japan

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

Publication date: 2017-06-15
Country(s) / region(s): Japan
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

Celebrating Canada’s 150th across Brazil

Publication date: 2017-06-27
Country(s) / region(s): Brazil
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

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

Publication date: 2017-07-06
Country(s) / region(s): Kazakhstan
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

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

Publication date: 2017-08-11
Country(s) / region(s): Dominican Republic
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

Canada celebrates Capital Pride in Washington, D.C.

Publication date: 2017-08-28
Country(s) / region(s): United States
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

First Canada Day in Iraq in 20 years!

Publication date: 2017-08-28
Country(s) / region(s): Iraq
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

Canada 150 celebrated in Mongolia

Publication date: 2017-08-29
Country(s) / region(s): Mongolia
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

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

Publication date: 2017-08-29
Country(s) / region(s): Poland
Category(s): Events

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

2017-08-29Guatemala

Guatemala mission highlights CANADA 150 themes

Publication date: 2017-08-29
Country(s) / region(s): Guatemala
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

Indonesia pushes the boat out to celebrate Canada150

Publication date: 2017-08-30
Country(s) / region(s): Indonesia
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

Celebrating Canada in Belize

Publication date: 2017-08-30
Country(s) / region(s): Belize
Category(s): Events

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

2017-08-30Spain

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

Publication date: 2017-08-30
Country(s) / region(s): Spain
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

Gifts that Give

Publication date: 2017-09-21
Country(s) / region(s): India
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

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

Publication date: 2017-09-07
Country(s) / region(s): Turkey
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

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

Publication date: 2017-10-19
Country(s) / region(s): Jordan
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

Thinking Green in Vietnam

Publication date: 2017-10-24
Country(s) / region(s): Vietnam
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

Canada contributes to increasing access to justice in Mali and Ukraine

Publication date: 2017-10-25
Country(s) / region(s): Mali, Ukraine
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

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) / region(s): Chile
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

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

Publication date: 2017-10-27
Country(s) / region(s): Indonesia
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

Protecting religious rights in Indonesia

Publication date: 2017-11-03
Country(s) / region(s): Indonesia
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

Inclusive Democratic Participation in Pakistan

Publication date: 2017-11-07
Country(s) / region(s): Pakistan
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

Indigenous youth share their stories

Publication date: 2017-11-14
Country(s) / region(s): Peru
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

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

Publication date: 2017-11-28
Country(s) / region(s): Bangladesh
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

Youth leaders tackle climate change at Model ASEAN

Publication date: 2017-12-08
Country(s) / region(s): Indonesia
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.

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