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Canada supports women’s empowerment MENA region with $16.3m

The government of Canada has announced a new support for Women’s empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with the sum of  $16.3 million, about N3,2 trillion, reports ITRealms.

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who disclosed this today on behalf of the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, said Canada’s contribution of $16.3 million is to further support women’s empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region through a project implemented by the Forum of Federations.

ITRealms reports that the project, Empowering Women for Leadership Roles in the MENA Region, will help more than 5,400 women in Jordan, Tunisia and Morocco increase their participation and representation at all levels of government, including in parliaments, local governments, women’s coalitions, civil society organizations and academia.

“By improving their skills in such areas as public speaking and management, as well as their familiarity with political systems, this project will empower women to take leadership roles in parliaments and participate in decisions that will have an impact on their lives and their communities,” she said.


Also Goldsmith-Jones made this disclosure at the Women in Parliaments Global Summit in Amman, Jordan, saying that the summit presents a unique opportunity to discuss and engage in dialogue on the most pressing issues regarding the role and importance of female decision makers in today’s parliaments.

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