The prime minister just made a major funding announcement today at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference in Vancouver. Justin Trudeau announced $1.4 billion of annual funding towards women's health globally. This investment will start in 2023.
"A ten-year commitment, this historic investment will support sexual and reproductive health rights and maternal, newborn, and child health – with $700 million of the annual investment dedicated to sexual and reproductive health rights, as of 2023," reads the news statement from the Prime Minister's office.
According to the federal government, this funding will help improve sexual and reproductive health rights, such as through improving health services, helping create access to safe and legal abortions, supporting maternal, newborn and child health, and providing sexual education.
Trudeau explained the reasoning for the investment at the conference in Vancouver. “At the opening of this conference, I talked about Canada’s responsibility to lead,” he said, News1130 reports.
“Because, the unfortunate truth is that we live in a world where rights are increasingly under threat. Women don’t have to imagine not being able to access healthcare when they need it, they don’t have to imagine being denied the right to choose what’s best for their health and their future — for far too many people, that’s the reality, and that’s unacceptable.”
Trudeau also spoke at the conference on Monday. The Women Deliver 2019 Conference is "the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women," according to their website. It is running from June 3 to 6 in Vancouver, BC.
Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, are both speakers at the event, alongside other international figures including Sahle-Work Zewde, the first woman President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and Tina Tchen, the former chief of staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.