Canadian Minister of Labour and Women meets with UNICEF in Peru

14 October 2014

LIMA, 14 October 2014.– Canada’s Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, Kellie Leitch, visited UNICEF’s office in Lima yesterday to learn about the situation of indigenous children in Peru.

According to UNICEF Representative Paul Martin, “Peru has experienced sustained economic growth in the last decade. However, inequalities persist, particularly in the Amazon region.” Martin emphasized that UNICEF supports the Government of Peru’s efforts to provide quality and culturally relevant health, education and protection services to children living in remote areas.

Minister Leitch noted that Peru and Canada – a vast territory with its own dispersed aboriginal population – share similar challenges. Minister Leitch congratulated the Government of Peru on its strong legislative framework to realize the rights of children and stressed the importance of enforcing those laws in practice. Minister Leitch said, "As Minister of Labour, I expect meaningful, tangible change. I’m hopeful that UNICEF can help us do that with Peru."

Martin also recognized Canada as a leader in corporate social responsibility in Peru. Minister Leitch emphasized that UNICEF can play a key role in facilitating dialogue between extractive companies and indigenous communities.

Canada has a long history of supporting UNICEF’s work to improve the lives of children in Peru. The Government of Canada previously funded reports on the State of Peruvian Children and recently collaborated with UNICEF to produce “School of Silence”, a documentary on gender discrimination in schools. The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development currently supports UNICEF’s programmes in intercultural bilingual education.

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UNICEF
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