Five years on, Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy is still not fully implemented. What now?

“If it truly wants to be feminist, then that can't be something that you kind of put into your programming. It has to be front and centre as part of the agenda that we deliver worldwide.”

Why It Matters

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy was introduced so women and girls have a fair shot at equality. Trying to prioritize women and girls without changing Canadian foreign policy and development practices will continue the cycle of poverty and inequality.

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In 2017, the Government of Canada launched the Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) with the main objective of ending poverty around the world. FIAP was developed to ensure that Canada’s international assistance addressed the inequalities that make women and girls the most vulnerable to poverty. 

Five years later, FIAP has not been implemented as an official policy or integrated into Canada’s Official Development Assistance Accountability Act (2008). 

However, FIAP priorities include investing, partnering, and advocating for efforts that have the greatest potential to eliminate ba

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