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OTTAWA — Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly has urged countries to uphold women’s rights and access to abortion while eliminating sexual violence, as the UN General Assembly draws to a close.
In today’s speech in New York, Joly will summarize Canada’s priorities and concerns in foreign relations.
That includes being part of a “global coalition in support of equality” that will “defense against growing attacks on women’s rights and freedoms,” according to a draft statement in French.
“Sexual and reproductive health and rights for women and girls are being canceled or denied in too many countries,” said Joly’s draft statement.
“Canada will always stand up for your right to vote.”
Although the section drafted on women’s rights made no mention of the United States, Joly’s comments came after months of criticism of the US Supreme Court allowing states to outlaw abortion, with some seeking to prosecute those who help women terminate their pregnancies in other jurisdictions.
Joly’s statement instead mentions women who are targeted by autocratic governments, such as the Taliban who prevent Afghan girls from going to school. He said Myanmar’s military junta imprisoned women democracy activists and sexually abused Rohingya women.
The speech cited Iran’s crackdown on protesters holding accountable following Mahsa Amini’s death, when moral police arrested her for “inappropriate dress” for allegedly wearing the hijab inappropriately. Joly also noted that Ukrainian women had been subjected to sexual violence by occupying Russian troops.
Joly argues that deliberate policy choices lead to increased violence against women, who are excluded from “negotiation tables, boardrooms, classrooms.”
The speech will likely take place around noon local time, and will cover some of the themes raised last week in New York by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. His statements are about climate change and international development.
This Canadian Press report was first published on September 26, 2022.
Dylan Robertson, Canadian Press
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