WPSN-C Workshop: Women, Peace and Security National Action Plans – Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Civil Society

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A school girl during a class break at the school run by the by the Hawa Abdi Centre for Internally Displaced Somalis.
Photo credit: Tobin Jones/United Nations.

The WPSN-C is delighted to co-host an all-day workshop on May 2, 2014, exploring how Canadian civil society organizations can use National Action Plans on women, peace and security.

The workshop is co-hosted by Carleton University’s Gender Equality Measurement (GEM) initiative with support from the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Global Studies, and will take place at Carleton University in Ottawa.

We strongly encourage network members to attend, as well as other NGOs, development organizations, researchers, students, and peace organizations. Government officials are welcome; however the final session of the day will be open to NGOs and civil society only.

The workshop is free and will include lunch and light snacks.

To book your participation (and so that we can plan catering), please email Alexandra Dodge at AlexandraDodge@cmail.carleton.ca by April 25.

More information on the workshop’s objectives, themes and issues, and background documents are available below.

Workshop Objectives

  • Provide a platform/opportunity for Canadian academics and representatives of civil society to reflect on the challenges and opportunities in monitoring Women, Peace and Security (WPS) NAPs (National Action Plans).
  • Strengthen the capacity of Canadian civil society to analyze and monitor the progress of the GoC (Government of Canada) in implementing its WPS NAP.

Workshop Themes / Issues

  • Global context: What are the global gains and challenges relating to the WPS agenda?
  • How have civil society organizations in other countries worked with and monitored NAP implementation?  What can we learn from these experiences?  How can NAPs be used in countries like Canada to achieve positive outcomes?
  • What indicators are used to monitor progress, including UN/official indicators, GNWP indicators, good practices from other NAPs, and indicators in the Canadian NAP? How do we use these indicators critically?
  • What are the strengths, weaknesses and gaps of the GoC (Government of Canada) NAP and the 2 reports to date?
  • What are the opportunities for Canadian civil society to push for change on WPS issues? Are there pitfalls if we focus on the NAP? What can we build on?

Background Documents

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