Reinforce Canada's commitment to stronger health systems for women and girls

Nineteen-year old Sumi Kaiser is a well-known leader in her community in remote Bangladesh. She is part of an adolescent girls group that discuss the prevention of child marriage and strategies to educate community members about sexual and reproductive health.

"In my community, there is nobody talking about sexual reproductive education and our district is very prone to early marriage. I felt that something needed to be done to change this situation," Sumi says.

Sumi knows that achieving gender equality requires accessible health services that are there to support girls and women when they need them most.

Thankfully, with your help, the Government of Canada has been assisting adolescents, women and children in some of the world's toughest places. There, Canadian investments have been helping fund life-saving maternal and child health and sexual reproductive health and rights interventions for the most vulnerable.

For women, adolescents, and children in remote communities, simple and cost-effective solutions such as education about family planning, proper diet and access to skilled health workers, can mean the difference between life and death and also support empowering them in their communities.

In fact, educating women and adolescents about the importance of family planning and modern methods of contraception can prevent as many as 73% of maternal deaths and improve the survival rate of children.

Canada's current commitment to maternal, newborn and child health will end in 2020. Thankfully, in June 2019, the Government of Canada boldly locked in its position as a global leader in advancing the health and rights of women, adolescents and children around the globe with a ten-year, $1.4 billion annual investment beginning in 2023.

When more girls like Sumi are empowered to live happy and healthy lives, entire communities are transformed.

Help us reinforce this incredible commitment by signing the petition if you believe that everyone has the right to Canada quality healthcare , no matter who they are or where they live.
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