Gender Equality


The Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) guides Canada’s international development and humanitarian efforts. Following the extensive consultations that led to the FIAP, Cooperation Canada has continued to carry out research and policy analysis on the roll-out of the policy, including in partnership with the Women’s Rights Policy Group.  


Gender Equality Resources and Publications 

Ministerial Roundtable on Gender Equality: Civil society briefing note (2022)

On March 24, 2022, civil society organizations participated in a roundtable with the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development. In preparation for this event, Cooperation Canada coordinated inputs from roundtable participants and its members to identify key priorities for the Minister’s mandate in terms of advancing Canada’s global feminist leadership and gender equality. The briefing note outlines priorities in terms of ambitious implementation of the Feminist International Assistance Policy, ensuring policy coherence and identifying opportunities to improve the government’s approach to feminist partnerships with the sector.


Civil society experiences with the Women’s Voice and Leadership Program (2020)

Cooperation Canada partnered with the Women’s Rights Policy Group to examine civil society experiences of the FIAP’s flagship program, Women’s Voice and Leadership, in delivering financing and support to women’s rights organizations. The report highlights key lessons learned and recommendations for civil society and Global Affairs Canada.  


Organizational and human resource capacity for addressing gender equality: Civil society engagement with the Feminist International Assistance Policy (2020)

Through the Next Generation for Development program and in partnership with the University of Ottawa and l’Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale, Cooperation Canada supported a study to examine how civil society organizations have made progress towards addressing gender equality as a result of the development and launch of the Feminist International Assistance Policy in 2017. The report provides recommendations for civil society and Global Affairs Canada.  


Reflections on the future of the Feminist International Assistance Policy (2020)

With Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) in its third year, Cooperation Canada hosted a diverse panel to support stock-taking reflections in June 2020. Gathering insight from the Government, civil society and academia, panelists highlighted FIAP achievements. Civil society pointed at the persisting gaps of institutional support for gender equality and the need for a coherent feminist foreign policy integrating diplomatic, trade, peacekeeping and international assistance efforts. 


Delivering Results for Women and Girls: Intersectoral approaches to water, sanitation, hygiene and health (2019)

In May 2019, WaterAid Canada partnered with Cooperation Canada to convene a roundtable of health and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sector stakeholders within Canada’s development sector. The roundtable identified recommendations that will support more integrated approaches to health and WASH to realize sustainable development impact, notably for women and girls. 



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