The Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada has prepared a brief for the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development for their study on Women, Peace and Security.
Last October, women’s rights activists, government representatives and United Nations officials gathered in New York to review the progress made in implementing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR). Although participants in this global review could point to some successes, the predominant mood was one of impatience and frustration at the lack of progress.
Julienne Lusenge, Director of the Congolese Women’s Fund, spoke for many. She told the Security Council that she had “thought for a long time whether I really wanted to come back here” and tell once again of the same atrocities that she had spoken of in the same venue seven years previously, and “tell you that almost nothing has changed in critical situations for women in DRC [Democratic Republic of Congo].”
This is the context as we embark on the renewal of the Canadian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (C‐NAP). On the one hand we face global challenges as conflicts continue to wreak devastation on women, girls, men, and boys as well as families and communities around the world.