WPSN-C Members Participate in Elsie Initiative Design Workshop

Click here for thoughts on the Elsie Initiative prepared by WPSN-C members late last year. On February 22 and 23, the Government of Canada hosted a ‘design workshop’ for the Elsie Initiative on increasing the number of women in peace operations. Government officials, female peacekeepers, UN representatives (including the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and UN …

An interview with Nooria Sultani, of Women’s Regional Network

WPSN-C spoke with Nooria Sultani, a Women's Regional Network associate member from Afghanistan. She was born and raised in Afghanistan, and has been an active member of the Women’s Regional Network for more than two years. WPSN-C had the opportunity to discuss the different objectives and outcomes of the network within Afghanistan from recent years. …

Sweden and Canada: Feminist trailblazers but are they really promoting security for all?

By Diana Sarosi, Manager of Policy at Oxfam Canada and WPSN-C Steering Committee member In Stockholm, the Canadian Embassy in Sweden is well known for its November event on Women, Peace and Security. Organized in collaboration with Operation 1325, a Swedish civil society organization that monitors the implementation of the Swedish National Action Plan (NAP) …

International Human Rights Day: Peace and Unity in South Sudan

Inside South Sudan: Peace and Gender Based- Violence WPCN-Canada spoke with Adit Abit, founder of the South Sudan Women’s Foundation (SSWF). Adit has been involved in various peace initiatives and community programs in British Columbia before she began her Master’s at the University of Ottawa. Adit started the South Sudan Women’s Foundation as a means …

#16Days: Post-genocide Rwanda poses obstacles to women’s psychological health and well-being

By Christine Izere, student at the University of Ottawa, currently interning with the Women Peace and Security Network - Canada. Twenty-three years ago my mother fled Rwanda in hopes of finding refuge elsewhere. Nothing could have prepared her for the psychological scars that she would face in the years to come. However, she is considered the …

#16Days: From Graves to Great; collective action builds feminist resistance in DRC

By Rebecca Boyce, Global Lead for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion for Cuso International and Steering Committee member of the WPSN-C December 6th marks the fatal tragedy of the 1989 Montreal Massacre, a horrendous crime that left 14 Polytechnique students murdered and 9 injured because they were women. Shooter Marc Lépine, explicitly targeted women to …