The IPU will receive an additional two million Canadian dollars in funding to support its gender equality work in parliament. The three-year project, Gender Equality in Politics, is designed to support the IPU’s work in increasing women’s political empowerment. The funding will also help strengthen the capacity of parliaments to support gender equality at a national level.
Canada announced the new investment during the Generation Equality Forum, a global gathering for gender equality convened by UN Women and co-hosted by the governments of Mexico and France.
The project will focus on some eight national parliaments to help build their capacity to champion gender equality.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the funding will also go towards supporting parliamentary leadership to integrate the specific needs of women and girls from health, social, economic and law-making perspectives.
This is the third allocation of funds from Canada to the IPU over the past few years, underlining the Canadian commitment to the IPU’s work in empowering women parliamentarians and creating equality of opportunity.