Charlevoix Education Initiative

Education for girls and women in contexts of fragility, crisis, and conflict

Education equips girls and women to transform their lives, their households, their societies and their economies. Yet in many of the world's poorest countries, girls are far less likely than boys to enroll in school and complete their education. Social, cultural and gender-based norms and practices, such as domestic responsibilities; child, early and forced marriage; and early pregnancy, are often the cause. These barriers are amplified in times of fragility, crisis and conflict. Girls are nearly 2.5 times more likely than boys to be out of school in conflict-affected areas.

Canada is taking action to address these barriers and is working to change the lives of the world's most marginalized girls and women. Investing in education for girls and women increases economic growth and women’s political participation; it improves social and health outcomes—for example, reducing maternal and child mortality rates; and it reduces poverty. Education empowers, and empowered girls and women have the tools they need to make their own choices, which leads to more security and brighter futures for themselves and for society as a whole.

Canada’s commitment to quality education and gender equality

Under Canada’s presidency at the 2018 G7 Summit in Charlevoix, G7 leaders committed to putting girls and women at the heart of the agenda by supporting quality education and skills training for girls, adolescent girls and women in fragile, crisis and conflict-affected situations. This included refugees, displaced peoples, returnees and people with disabilities. The Charlevoix Education Initiative is Canada’s contribution to attaining the objectives of the Charlevoix declaration on quality education for girls, adolescent girls and women in developing countries.

The initiative aims to remove barriers to quality education and training for girls, adolescent girls and women so they can benefit from an education equal to that received by boys and men. Projects created through this initiative are transforming the communities where they are being delivered. They focus on:

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Where we make a difference

Canada has partnered with government, civil society and multilateral organizations to deliver projects in developing countries where there is fragility, crisis and conflict. The Charlevoix Education Initiative is being delivered in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

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