Equal Measures 2030 expands data-driven advocacy work in Africa

Equal Measures 2030 announces funding from Global Affairs Canada to ensure data is being used to improve access to education for women and girls in conflict and crisis situations.

Equal Measures 2030 welcomes the announcement from the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, that Global Affairs Canada (GAC) will provide $1 million in support to Equal Measures 2030 over the next two years. With this funding Equal Measures 2030 will support women’s rights organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa to collect and use quality gender data regarding barriers to girls’ and women’s education to advocate for their right to education and make their voices heard in decision-making processes.

The announcements of funding from the Government of Canada came as G7 Development and Education Ministers met in Paris. The funding for Equal Measures 2030 is a demonstration of the Government of Canada’s commitment to the G7 Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, Adolescent Girls and Women in Developing Countries, which was signed in 2018 during Canada’s Presidency of the G7 group of countries.

This funding from Global Affairs Canada will help Equal Measures 2030 to expand its partnership with women’s rights organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly those in conflict and crisis settings. The project will include supporting women’s rights organisations with data skills-building and resources for data-driven advocacy campaigns, as well as research to better understand data gaps, challenges and opportunities to better use data to ensure access to education for women and girls in conflict and crisis settings across Sub-Saharan Africa. The project will be carried out in close partnership with Plan International Canada, and will leverage the strengths of the civil society, development and private sector partners who make up Equal Measures 2030.

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