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Canada:Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity

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Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity © Provided by PostMedia Digital Sophie Grégoire Trudeau delivers the closing remarks at Women Deliver 2019. Photo: Gerry Kahrmann/Postmedia

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau closed a four-day international conference on gender equity on Thursday with a call for the 8,000 delegates to continue working toward equal rights for women in the 165 countries they call home.

“The end of this conference is only the beginning of the journey to make this world a better place for girls and women,” said Trudeau.

“It’s going to be hard, but that’s OK. We’re not going to let the world define us. And we will define the world.”

Her husband, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in his opening remarks on Monday pledged to continue Canada’s yearly funding of over $1 billion in overseas aid for gender equity. The funding announcement extends the existing aid of $1.1 billion a year up to 2030, gradually increasing it to $1.4 billion by 2023.

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“That (donation) was something,” Women Deliver 2019 CEO Katja Iversen told the closing plenary. “It will make our advocacy so much stronger when we go home and fight for policy changes.”

Also on Thursday, Ottawa announced up to $750,000 over three years in funding for the Vancouver feminist group that staged Feminists Deliver, a complementary conference to Women Deliver to call attention to local gender equity issues.

The money is earmarked for the Battered Women’s Support Services “to lead a project that draws on the themes and outcomes of Feminists Deliver,” according to the ministry for women and gender equality.

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Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity

Earlier Thursday, the Population Council, a gender equity research group, released findings from a multi-country study showing that girls who have babies in their teens are less likely to be paid for their work than women who didn’t.

The study, prepared for the conference, of 600 million women, ages 20 to 49, from 43 low- and middle-income countries found teen moms, ages 20 to 24, are 1.2 times more likely to work than their peers.

But “across all age groups, working women who had a child during adolescence are less likely to be paid for their work than women who did not have a child during adolescence,” according to the report.

It found that women who have a child before the age of 18 are set back economically for the rest of their lives.

“The ability to earn and control cash represents more than just earnings, it influences a woman’s ability to make strategic life choices,” author Stephanie Psaki, of the council’s Girl Centre, said in a news release. She said it’s one of the first studies to show across so many countries that teen motherhood can affect how much a woman earns during her life.

Sophie Gregoire Trudeau helps close Women Deliver 2019 conference on gender equity © Gerry Kahrmann Sophie Grégoire Trudeau delivers the closing remarks at Women Deliver 2019. Photo: Gerry Kahrmann/Postmedia

“There is a strong and consistent lifelong negative association between having a child during adolescence and a woman’s economic empowerment,” the report found.

It also said most women, 20 to 49, in those countries are employed but the work is “often not economically compensated or empowering.”

More than half of all women in a majority of the countries studied worked, with employment rates being the lowest among 20- to 24-year-olds and increases steadily with age. In some countries, women’s employment levelled off after age 40.

It also said child-bearing before 18 is widespread and is common in many low- and middle-income countries. In sub-Saharan Africa, at least 30 per cent of women have a child before adulthood in nearly a dozen countries.

Iversen said the study points at the need for contraception, safe abortion and sex education as well as expanding economic opportunities for girls and women.

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