America’s neighbors to the north are mounting an experiment.

Last week, Canada announced its “first feminist international-assistance policy,” following comprehensive public consultations which took place last summer in more than 300 sessions involving over 15,000 people in about 65 countries. A wide range of stakeholders also contributed over 10,000 written submissions to this process, resulting in what is very likely the first explicitly feminist aid policy ever officially launched by a donor country.

A “feminist approach, solidly anchored in the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, is the best way to reduce poverty and create a world that is more inclusive, more peaceful and more prosperous,” said Marie-Claire Bibeau, Canada’s Minister of International Develo....

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