Government of Canada

05/03/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/03/2019 14:07

Canada announces new funding for Journalists for Human Rights to support objective, credible and fact-based reporting on the rights of women and girls in developing countries

May 3, 2019 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

A free press is indispensable to democratic life. It helps set the public agenda, it provides a forum for informed debate, and it acts as a watchdog over governance processes and human rights violations.

Today, on World Press Freedom Day, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, announced $11.7 million over four years for Journalists for Human Rights to help the media protect the rights of citizens, in particular, the rights of women and girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya and the Middle East.

In partnership with respected Canadian media organizations, the Canada World: Voice for Women and Girls project will provide training to journalists, public authorities and civil society groups on the ethical and responsible inclusion of a gender-sensitive human rights approach in media activities. This project will foster more informed, credible, fact-based public dialogue on issues affecting women and girls from a human-rights perspective.

The project aligns with Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy and will complement other Canadian-led initiatives to strengthen women's rights organizations, including the Women's Voice and Leadership initiative.