According to a poll released by Cuso International during International Development Week, almost half of Canadians listed increased access to sexual and reproductive health rights for women and girls (48%) as a priority investment for Canada’s international development. And more than a third of Canadians report their understanding has improved regarding gender equality, climate and human rights. CanWaCH is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this public opinion research project by Cuso International.
Ottawa, Ontario, February 7, 2022 – Although Canada has made headway in addressing aspects of its international development efforts as underscored by Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), including the promotion of gender equality, humanitarian, peace and security assistance, many Canadians are unaware of the country’s attempts to highlight such efforts. Over six in ten (64%) Canadians say they are unaware of Canada’s international development efforts.
The findings were identified in a November 2022 poll commissioned by Cuso International, a non-profit international development and cooperation organization based in Canada with operations in 17 countries.
“Canada’s international assistance makes a huge difference to improve the living conditions of people around the globe. Canadians have every reason to be proud of the positive impact of our country in building a better, fairer and more sustainable world, said Nicolas Moyer, Chief Executive Officer, Cuso International. “We know that by understanding how local issues relate to global issues, Canadians will be inclined to take actions that will contribute to a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive world.”
More than a third of Canadians report their understanding has improved regarding gender equality, climate and human rights
When asked to gauge their understanding of Canada’s international development efforts compared to two years ago, more than a third of Canadians report their understanding has improved regarding gender equality (37%), environment and climate (29%) and human rights and inclusion (35%).
“ We are pleased to see more Canadians aware of the work underway to advance gender equality, combat climate degradation and advance human rights, and inclusion – it is something Cuso International has recommitted its efforts for the years ahead,” said Nicolas Moyer.
February 8, 2023