Be Brave, Be Bold: Recommendations for Canada's feminist foreign policy

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In 2020, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, then-Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced a process to draft an official statement on Canada's feminist foreign policy. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Affairs Canada undertook a number of consultations in partnership with stakeholders from civil society. This included a series of engagement sessions organized by the Feminist Foreign Policy Working Group (FFPWG), of which Inter Pares is a member.

Be Brave, Be Bold: Recommendations for Canada's feminist foreign policy is the Working Group's official submission to the government of Canada on its feminist foreign policy. As part of Inter Pares’ contribution, co-manager Rita Morbia details four specific recommendations for Canada in Strengthening Feminism in the Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), a chapter in Be Brave, Be Bold. These recommendations include:

  1. Recognize and redress aid as a colonial structure;
  2. Reorient the section of the FIAP on “Growth that Works for Everyone” to “Dismantling Inequality”;
  3. Accelerate the implementation of feminist processes in disbursing international assistance; and,
  4. Continue to prioritize sexual and reproductive health and rights, including advocacy in Canada’s international assistance programming.

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