Building a brighter future: improving women and girls’ health and rights

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When women and girls are healthy, they are one step closer to reaching their full potential. But in developing countries, the combined effects of gender barriers and inadequate health care often hold them back. As a result, a 15-year-old girl in a low-income country has a one in 45 lifetime risk of dying due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth. This risk is more than 100 times greater than in a high-income country like Canada.

The statistics are sobering, but hope is on the horizon. Join us to hear first-hand accounts of how Canadian-supported initiatives are contributing to improved health and rights for women and girls in Africa and Asia. The evening will include a moderated armchair conversation, short films, a reception, and the opportunity to explore AKFC’s newest exhibit, In a Heartbeat.

Speakers include:
• Yasmin Karim, Program Head, Social Sector, Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, Pakistan
• Dr. Shahirose Sadrudin Premji, Director and Professor, School of Nursing, York University
• Elsa Semo, Aga Khan Foundation Mozambique Gender Manager

The event is free, however advance registration is required. Visit for more information.

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