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Advocacy update: Bringing parliamentarians together to help women and girls in crisis

"Conflict and emergency settings are when women and girls' rights are most under threat, where the needs are greatest, and where Canadian voices can continue to push for progress."

CARE Canada joins the Canadian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (CAPPD) and Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights today for a special briefing on how we can work together to help women and girls in emergencies.

In 2019, nearly 132 million people in 42 countries around the world will require humanitarian assistance, and that number is only expected to grow.

Yet lifesaving health services - including safe abortion, long-term and permanent contraceptive methods, emergency contraception, and clinical care for victims of sexual and gender-based violence - are too often treated as secondary considerations.

CARE advocates for humanitarian responses that uphold women and girls’ rights.

Today, we are happy to bring organizations together in Ottawa to advance the rights of women and girls as part of our campaign to make #March4Women.

Those attending will include senators and members of Parliament along with experts on gender in emergencies. Discussions will include expert contributions on gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and other critical issues that women and girls face in emergencies.

"Canada is considered a global leader on women and girls’ rights. Conflict and emergency settings are when these rights are most under threat, where the needs are greatest, and where Canadian voices can continue to push for progress," says Fatouma Zara Laouan, a gender in emergencies specialist with CARE's rapid emergency response team.

In partnership with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and Canadian parliamentarians, we will continue to bring people together to end inequality in emergencies throughout the year.

Ready to take your own actions today?

Add your voice in support of this vital work by signing our petition to make #March4Women.