Mainstreaming the WPS Agenda: A Consultation on Feminist Approaches to Peace and Security International Assistance

Consult imageOn July 21st, the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada hosted an informal consultation on “Mainstreaming the WPS Agenda: A Consultation on Feminist Approaches to Peace and Security International Assistance.” The consultation was well attended by representatives from both civil society and Global Affairs Canada.

The afternoon began with an opening panel on “What would a feminist approach look like in Canada’s development assistance in the peace and security theme?” with comments from Rebecca Tiessen (University of Ottawa) and Pamela O’Donnell (Director and Deputy Head START, Global Affairs Canada). This panel provided the feminist context for the day’s discussions, as well as the perspective of Global Affairs Canada. Continue reading

Remarks for Panel Presentation: International Assistance Review Consultation on Peace and Security, 7 June 2016

On June 7, 2016, Global Affairs Canada hosted a Consultation on Peace and Security as part of the International Assistance Review.

Beth Woroniuk, WPSN-C Coordinator, was invited to speak on the opening panel on ‘advancing women, peace and security.’ Here is the text of her remarks.

Thanks to Global Affairs Canada for the invitation to speak at this Consultation. It is an honour to share this platform with such distinguished thinkers and practitioners.

Last year’s Global Study on the implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 notes that of the more than 2200 resolutions adopted by the Security Council it is hard to think of one resolution that is better known for its name, its number and content than resolution 1325. It was born out of activism by the women’s and peace movements and based in the revolutionary ideas that peace is only sustainable when women are fully included and that peace is inextricably linked with equality between women and men. Yet the Study also notes that for many, many women around the world, the resolution has been a failure, that progress has been too slow and that resource commitments have not matched global rhetoric. Continue reading

Myanmar Will Report on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights to the UN

by Dhyeya Pandya, current intern at WPSN-C and World Federalist Movement, International Development and Globalization student at University of Ottawa


Coming up next month Myanmar – formerly known as Burma – will present to the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, a report on the nation’s progress on gender equality and women’s rights. Myanmar has supported the eradication of discrimination against women, for the past 19 years and continues to uphold its promise by enforcing laws to protect women’s rights.

As Myanmar has legally ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), they are required to submit national progress reports every four years. The report to be presented in July will be delivered alongside suggestions made by non-governmental organizations that have gender equality in their respective agendas.

Although Myanmar has been active in its support for CEDAW through the creation of strategies such as the National Strategic Plan for the Advancement of Women, at this time the nation will collaborate to improve laws and draft new policies to further enhance their results.

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Kenya’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

by Dhyeya Pandya, current intern at WPSN-C and World Federalist Movement, International Development and Globalization student at University of Ottawa


Released on March 8th, 2016 the Kenyan National Action Plan (KNAP) is dedicated to the promotion, integration, and collaboration of UNSCR 1325 into mainstream perspectives on peace, conflict resolution, security, policies, and national development. the KNAP consists of the following four pillars:

  1. Participation & Promotion of women in institutions
  2. Prevention of violence against women and girls
  3. Protection of women and girls against violence
  4. Relief and Recovery programmes designed by women, meeting specific needs of women and girls

The KNAP recognizes that in order to achieve its objectives there must be a level of coordination between institutions at all levels of government. Thus, the Plan has outlined several implementation strategies which include engaging stakeholders at various levels, as well as the integration of UNSCR 1325 into policies and institutional bodies. Having learnt from the NAPs of Finland and Liberia, the KNAP recognizes the need for commitment from all levels of the nation for the successful promotion of gender equality to increase the presence of women in leadership.


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It’s Time to Move Forward with Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

by Sara Walde, former intern at WPSN-C and Nobel Women’s Initiative and MA in International Development and Global Studies (with a specialization of feminist and gender studies)

On April 20th, academics, students, government officials, NGOs, and other civil society members came together to discuss the WPSN-C’s latest publication “Looking Back, Looking Forward: Reflections on Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security”. The focus of this half-day workshop was to bring civil society, academia, and government together to guide the development of Canada’s new Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (C-NAP).

As previous blog posts have outlined, Canada is at a critical time in terms of the women, peace and security agenda. The expiration of the original C-NAP on March 31, 2016 and the announcement of its renewal, provide the opportunity to learn from the past and strategize for the future. Members of the WPSN-C recognized this opportunity and, by bringing together various actors, broadened it. As was made clear by the workshop, civil society, academia, and the government all have a role to play in the development of a new Canadian approach to women, peace and security. Continue reading