Canada’s Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced $97 million funding for women’s economic empowerment, child protection and humanitarian assistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world with over 87 per cent of its population living on less than $1.25 a day.
In line with Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy, some of the funding will empower women with the necessary skills and financial products to support their families and communities, promoting growth for all.
Minister Bibeau made the announcement while on a two-day visit to the DRC where she met a number of women, youth, government officials, development and humanitarian partners to explore how Canada can best continue supporting the advancement of women and girls’ rights in the country.
Her visit is part of Canada’s re-engagement with the continent and its commitment to collaborate on addressing the issues Africa faces.