In West Africa, social and patriarchal conditions and norms limit rural women’s opportunities and rights. Women are often denied rights to access and own land, or permission to leave the household for employment. This discrimination leads to poverty, and with it, added marginalization and vulnerability.

Women-Led Agroecology has the power to advance gender equality, while also improving food security and environmental resilience in the face of a changing climate.

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Inter Pares has long called for the Canadian government to uphold the crucial role of charities in public debate and in Canadian society at large. In previous submissions1, we have emphasized the importance of a charity being able to engage in non-partisan public policy dialogue and development activities without limitation, in order to advance the organization’s charitable purposes.

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Between May and July 2016, Global Affairs Canada conducted an extensive review of its development policies, known as the International Assistance Review (IAR). The review was an opportunity for civil society organizations and for Canadians to offer their views on how Canada can take action on poverty and inequality abroad.

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This brief, submitted to Canada's International Assistance Review in July 2016, seeks to build a common understanding of feminist approaches to international assistance, to assess the challenges, gaps and opportunities in Global Affairs Canada’s approach, and to develop a set of practical recommendations for implementing a feminist approach.

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This brief was part of a formal federal government consultation process, in response to then-Canadian International Development Agency’s paper “Towards a Long-term Strategy for Canada’s International Assistance Program, A Framework for Consultation" (CIDA, October 19, 2000). As such, it contributed to discussions within and outside of government concerning Canada’s moral and political role in the world.

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