Orchid Project welcomes UK-Canadian collaboration to champion gender equality

Friday 28 July 2017

Today’s joint announcement from Prime Minister Theresa May and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that our two governments are committed to close collaboration on a range of topics is an important and welcome union, not least because of their strategic partnership to support gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The two leaders confirmed that their governments are committed to “deepen collaboration at home and abroad” to make a tangible difference to “promote sexual and reproductive health and rights [and] prevent gender-based violence.”

One vital component of this commitment for both Canada and the UK is support for work to end Female Genital Cutting (FGC), a practice which is carried out in countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, as well as in diaspora communities in both the UK and Canada.

As a UK-based NGO working together with partners overseas to end FGC, Orchid Project is heartened by the Canadian commitment to advance women and girls’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and we look forward to seeing what concrete efforts will be made to see a global end to FGC.


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