Discussion on forced marriage with activists

20161117_190702.jpgDr. Annie Bunting, director of the Conjugal Slavery in War (CSiW) Project was in Ottawa on November 17, 2016 along with five activists researchers from five countries in Africa. They are Amelia Cooper of ADWANGA in Liberia, Zawadi Mambo of SOFEPADI in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Godelieve Mukasarasi of SEVOTA in Rwanda, and Rosaline M’Carthy of Women’s Forum in Sierra Leone.

The discussion highlighted a number of key recommendations for donor countries such as Canada. Highest on the list of recommendation is the need for funding of local women’s organisations directly. The speakers described numerous instances of duplication of the work of local organisations by large UN agencies, who are the main recipients of the funds by Western government, including the Canadian government. Some also stated instances of UN agencies asking for and using their information and data for their own reports. While the speakers believe there is value in funding UN agencies, they believe local organisations have a clear advantage when it comes to working directly in the communities, including remote and hard-to-reach communities. Longer-term funding was also mentioned as imperative in building the capacity of local organisations, including local human rights defenders and activists researchers, and ensuring that they can become more functioning in the long term. Continue reading

CEDAW Canada Review October 2016

Canada is up for review at CEDAW next week. The information below explains where and when you can watch the proceedings, as well as what else you can do.

canada-rolled-paint-map_art-650x380Calling feminists and women’s rights advocates in Canada!

Mark October 24-25, 2016 on your calendar!

Are you ready to hold the Canadian government accountable to international women’s human rights obligations?

Do you want to see how the Canadian government is representing their progress on and challenges to women’s human rights implementation in Canada at the United Nations?

On October 25th, the Government of Canada will be assessed on its women’s human rights record by the independent human rights experts of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva.  This is a public and participatory process that will be live webcast.  Feminists and women’s advocates need to show the Government of Canada that we are watching, that we will hold them accountable for what they say, the commitments they make, and that we will follow up on the recommendations made by the CEDAW Committee to ensure decisive action is taken. Continue reading

Roundtable on 1325 National Action Plans: Lessons from the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden


Report on a Roundtable
1325 National Action Plans:
Lessons from the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden
Ottawa, September 13th, 2016

National Action Plans (NAPs) can be key tools in the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. As Canada looks to renew and revitalize its NAP, important lessons can be learned from the experience of other countries.

In order to share lessons and advance the discussion, the Embassies of the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, and the Women, Peace and Security Network- Canada (WPSN-C) with specific support from the Nobel Women’s Initiative, hosted a Roundtable on September 13th, 2016.

An informal report on the roundtable has been prepared by members of WPSN-C.

WPSN-C Members Participate in OSCE/Inclusive Security WPS National Action Plan Academy

On September 15th and 16th JO Rodrigues and Beth Woroniuk, 2 members of the WPSN-C Steering Committee participated in the Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan Academy organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Institute for Inclusive Security. We were half of the ‘Canadian delegation’ which also included Lt. Col. Darrel Zientek, Department of National Defence and Tony Anderson, Senior Policy Advisor, Peace & Stabilization Operations Program, Global Affairs Canada.

The workshop brough20160928_065922t together government and civil society representatives from OSCE members and missions. Over two days we discussed challenges developing and implementing NAPs. We also shared strategies to overcome these obstacles. Inclusive Security led the discussion, highlighting their vision of a high impact NAP. Key factors include political will and leadership; results-based monitoring and evaluation plan; coordination among key players; inclusion of civil society; and allocation of resources.

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Ottawa event: Struggles, Strategies & Successes: Women Building Peace in Sudan

Inter Pares, the Women, Peace and Security Network-Canada, and the University of Ottawa’s School for International Development and Global Studies invites you to:

Struggles, Strategies & Successes:  Women Building Peace in Sudan

An Engaging Discussion with Prominent Feminist Activist, Dr. Asha El-Karib

Monday, October 3rd
3:00pm to 4:30pm
University of Ottawa, 1 Stewart St., Room 207 (SWT 207)

Sudan is a country mired in conflict and repression where violence against women is pervasive. And yet a courageous women’s movement resists, advocates and continues to work for political and social change.

Join us for a fascinating conversation with Dr. Asha El-Karib on the efforts of women in Sudan to build peace and democracy amidst a difficult context.

Dr. El-Karib is one of Sudan’s foremost women’s rights activists and the Senior Strategic Advisor for the Sudanese Organization for Research and Development based in Khartoum, Sudan.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Rita Morbia