The G7 countries today announced a global commitment of US$2.9bn (C$3.8bn) for girls’ education in crisis.

The G7 countries today announced a global commitment of US$2.9bn (C$3.8bn) for girls’ education in crisis. The G7 also endorsed a Declaration supporting the importance of investing in children’s education in crisis, with a special focus on girls who face additional barriers because of their gender. This Declaration, coupled with the substantial financial investment, will help unlock the power of girls living in the world’s most difficult places by realising their right to an education.

GLOBAL CAMPAIGN SUCCESS

Today’s announcement is the result of Prime Minister Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders listening to civil society organisations, 160,000 signatories on a global petition, and most importantly to women and girls themselves. This sends a strong message to the world’s most vulnerable and neglected girls that they will not be left behind.

Canada’s government has committed to invest $309m (C$400m) over three years for girls’ education in crises, prioritising the needs of girls, who are 2.5 times more likely to be out of school than boys in crises. By supporting the education and empowerment of millions of girls from fragile contexts, Canada’s action alongside its G7 allies is helping sow the seeds for gender equality, economic opportunities, and peace and security to flourish.

In response to this announcement, Caroline Riseboro, President and CEO, Plan International Canada said, “At Plan International Canada we’ve known for years the crucial role that education plays for children in crisis, especially girls, and the lifeline it can be.  I’ve seen first-hand the transformational impact girls can have on their communities when they’re able to realise their rights. After years of fighting for gender equality, I’m hopeful for what this announcement will mean for millions of girls living in refugee camps and conflict zones who will now be able to choose their own futures.”

ACTION NEEDED ON A WORLDWIDE CRISIS

The scale of this education crisis is unprecedented. Today, 75 million children and youth are out-of-school in 35 crisis-affected countries. Today’s funding announcement will elevate this neglected issue on the global agenda, laying a foundation for sustained global action. Thanks to this global commitment, education will now be a reality – by best estimates – for 8.67 million children living in crises all over the world.

Education is key to empowering women and brings hope for an entire generation of girls, in places like Syria, where civil war has been raging for over seven years, or countries like Uganda, where millions of refugee girls have been out of school for more than nine years.

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