Canada is committed to supporting Mozambique during the pandemic and addressing the needs of the most vulnerable people, including women and girls.
Today, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, concluded the first of a 2-day virtual visit to Mozambique during which she is announcing $186 million in funding to support new and existing projects. These investments are supporting Mozambique’s direct response to the pandemic, mitigating the pandemic’s secondary impacts on the health and education systems and addressing women and girls’ increased vulnerability to gender-based violence and child marriage.
Throughout the pandemic, Canada has supported Mozambique in mitigating the pandemic’s impact on several areas including sexual reproductive health and rights. Canada supports Mozambicans through programs that increase access and reduce barriers to family planning services, that empower girls so that the number of child marriages and early pregnancies are reduced and that deliver comprehensive sexual education in schools.
Minister Gould is meeting virtually with representatives of the Government of Mozambique, multilateral institutions and civil society-the latter of which includes women’s rights organizations-to discuss peace and security, climate change, sexual and reproductive health and rights, the COVID-19 pandemic and gender equality.
“As the world continues to navigate through the pandemic, it has been made clear that women and girls are being disproportionately affected by it, which has resulted in an increase in gender-based violence and child marriage and a decrease in access to education. Canada will continue to focus its support in Mozambique on addressing the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis and building a more inclusive and sustainable future.”
– Karina Gould, Minister of International Development
From April 2019 to March 2020, Canada’s international assistance to Mozambique totalled $108.14 million, including $75.88 million in funding from Global Affairs Canada for bilateral assistance.
Canada has provided $37 million to support Mozambique’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mozambique is the largest recipient of Canada’s $650-million commitment to support sexual reproductive health and rights.
Canada is a long-standing partner of Mozambique and, since 2010, has provided more than $1.1 billion in development assistance to this southeast African country.