INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK 2018
HUGGS joins Canada to celebrate International Development Week (IDW) February 4-10, 2018. This year’s theme, “Partners for a Better World,” resonates deeply with HUGGS, whose Coordinator in HUGGS’ India program is the recipient of the BCCIC Award for Leadership Excellence. For fifteen years, HUGGS has worked tirelessly with its partners in India to support and encourage adolescent girls and boys in acquiring post-secondary education that equips them with job-oriented skills and instills them with motivation to help others.
HUGGS delivers successfully on two of the key elements of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, People (to ensure healthy lives, knowledge and the inclusion of women and children) and Dignity (to end poverty and fight inequalities). HUGGS’ vision is the empowerment of youth through education, with emphasis on the education of women. This is in line with Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance policy, aimed to make the empowerment of women and girls a priority in all Canadian international assistance. (see Prime Minster of Canada, Justin Trudeau’s, speech https://pm.gc.ca/eng)
In its fifteenth year this year, HUGGS reaffirms its commitment “to help the poorest and most vulnerable people in the developing world, particularly women and girls” (PM’s speech on IDW 2018). HUGGS’ primary focus is on women, though it includes boys. For more information, visit our website.
The mission of HUGGS Canada is to provide underprivileged students in India with the opportunity to further their education, enabling them to contribute more effectively to their families and communities.
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