April 11, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, will travel to Washington, D.C., from April 12 to 13, 2019, to participate in the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group.
The Minister’s engagements will focus on several of Canada’s priorities, such as advancing the Sustainable Development Goals, the empowerment of women and girls and innovative financing for development.
Minister Monsef will underscore Canada’s support for countries neighbouring Venezuela that are affected by the crisis and speak to Canada’s commitment to women’s and girls’ education in conflict and crisis.
Minister Monsef will also lead a discussion with representatives from the World Bank and key humanitarian organizations to build a more gender-responsive humanitarian system, a follow-up to Canada’s commitment at last year’s G7.
“Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls is a priority for Canada. This was reflected in the G7 commitments we made last year on addressing the needs of women and girls in humanitarian settings and improving their access to education. I look forward to continuing to build on these commitments here in Washington.”
– Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality
The World Bank Group is one of Canada’s most important international development partners and delivers a significant share of Canada’s international development assistance.
Canada is partnering with the World Bank Group through core operations and trust funds to advance key priorities, including gender equality, reinforcing sexual and reproductive health and rights, promoting sustainable growth that works for everyone, mitigating the effects of climate change and promoting more inclusive societies.