Parliamentary Secretary Gould to visit Honduras and Guatemala

Parliamentary Secretary will reaffirm Canada’s support for human rights and justice reform and visit women- and youth-focused projects

July 25, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Karina Gould, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and la Francophonie, announced today that she will travel to Honduras and Guatemala from July 25 to 29, 2016.

Parliamentary Secretary Gould will first travel to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where she will meet with government officials, members of the national congress and human rights organizations. She will also meet with Juan Jiménez Mayor, Spokesman and Special Representative of the Organization of American States’ Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras, to discuss Canada’s support for the mission. Parliamentary Secretary Gould will later announce details of Canada’s support.

Parliamentary Secretary Gould will also visit a child-protection centre and a health clinic focused on the promotion of sexual and reproductive rights and the prevention of adolescent pregnancies. During these visits, she will hear first-hand accounts of the challenges facing youth in Honduras and announce details of support for projects that reaffirm Canada’s focus on human rights for women and girls.

In Guatemala, Parliamentary Secretary Gould will meet with representatives of Canadian and local civil society organizations and will engage in discussions on key topics of interest, including violence against women and girls, Indigenous issues, human rights, the justice system and climate change.

She will also meet with Iván Velásquez Gómez, Commissioner of the United Nations’ International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala, and visit a community centre for women and children facing chronic malnutrition, an agricultural cooperative and an Indigenous women’s weaving and handicraft organization.


“Canada is focused on promoting human rights and protecting human rights defenders, addressing the root causes of violence and insecurity, and improving the lives of the most vulnerable, including women and girls. This visit will affirm the role women and girls play as key development actors through improved health care, economic growth and social justice.”

- Karina Gould, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and la Francophonie

Quick facts

  • Honduras is Canada’s largest bilateral development program in Central America, with disbursements totalling approximately $29 million in 2014 to 2015.
  • Canada’s bilateral development assistance program in Honduras has helped to promote human rights, increase food security, reduce social inequalities and promote sustainable economic growth.
  • Guatemala is a development partner of Canada’s, with Canadian disbursements totalling approximately $9.2 million in fiscal year 2014 to 2015.
  • Canada’s development programming in Guatemala addresses the root causes of poverty, inequality and insecurity, and improves the lives of the most vulnerable, including youth, women and Indigenous groups.

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