Building Bridges: Dialogue with the Department of National Defence & the Canadian Armed Forces

by JO Rodrigues, Steering Committee   On October 18th the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada (WPSN-C), the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) met to build more understanding and strengthen dialogue. Meeting for two hours, attendees shared information on how they are working to move the WPS agenda forward … Continue reading Building Bridges: Dialogue with the Department of National Defence & the Canadian Armed Forces

Five Things the Evening with Parliamentarians Taught Me About the WPS Agenda and Feminism in Canada

by Sarah Tuckey, PhD Candidate and WPSN-C Member On Tuesday, October 17, the WPSN-C co-hosted an Evening with Parliamentarians with Senator Marilou McPhedran on the East Block of Parliament Hill. Our event was co-sponsored by Members of Parliament Hélène Laverdière, Elizabeth May, Anita Vandenbeld and Parliamentary Secretary Karen McCrimmon, as well as by Senators Mobina … Continue reading Five Things the Evening with Parliamentarians Taught Me About the WPS Agenda and Feminism in Canada

Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: An Update

by Beth Woroniuk, WPSN-C Coordinator. Follow her on twitter @bethottawa This month has seen a flurry of foreign policy announcements. First, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland outlined the government’s vision of Canada’s role in the world in her speech in the House of Commons. This was followed by the new Defence Policy, which featured a massive … Continue reading Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: An Update

Expect the Unexpected: Navigating the Challenges of Conducting Fieldwork in a Fragile State

by Kirsten Van Houten, Ph.D. Candidate, School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa Between February and May of 2016 I conducted my doctoral fieldwork in South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). While I was there, I embedded myself within three local civil society organizations in order to … Continue reading Expect the Unexpected: Navigating the Challenges of Conducting Fieldwork in a Fragile State

Gender Issues are Security Issues: Canada’s Next C-NAP and the Conclusive Link Between Women’s Empowerment and Peace

By Sarah Tuckey, PhD Candidate and Management Consultant On April 20th and 21st, Global Affairs Canada, with the support of the Women, Peace and Security Network - Canada, will host a two-day consultation for the renewal of Canada's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (the C-NAP on WPS). There are many pressing WPS issues on … Continue reading Gender Issues are Security Issues: Canada’s Next C-NAP and the Conclusive Link Between Women’s Empowerment and Peace