General Article UK launches gender equality plan but critics call funding a ‘drop in the ocean’

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Foreign secretary’s new strategy branded ‘meaningless’ in face of parliamentary inquiry into impact of slashing overseas aid.

By Kaamil Ahmed

The UK government has launched a new strategy to advance gender equality around the world on the same day that MPs announced plans to investigate the impact of UK aid cuts on women and girls.

 The global strategy, launched by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) on International Women’s Day on Wednesday, will, it says, put more focus on gender equality in its work, while also supporting sexual and reproductive health programmes and funding grassroots women’s rights groups.

‘Advancing gender equality and challenging discrimination is obviously the right thing to do, but it also brings freedom, boosts prosperity and trade, and strengthens security – it is the fundamental building block of all healthy democracies,’ said foreign secretary James Cleverly while visiting schools and hospitals in Bo, his mother’s home town in Sierra...

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