What’s going on in WPS? A weekly update (November 3 2020)

WPSN-C members share events, publications, and other resources on our members-only mailing list. Highlights are shared weekly.


Last week marked the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the annual Open Debate was held. Links to some of the statements and articles arising from it are listed separately.


Last week, on Monday October 26, 2020, Ambassador for WPS Jacqueline O’Neill and Brigadier-General Lise Bourgon appeared before the House of Commons Defence Committee.

Ambassador O’Neill’s submission is available in English and in French.

Information on the meeting, including the video recording, is available on the website of the House of Commons.

CBC covered their testimony.



On October 2nd, WPSN-C hosted a webinar to launch “Priorities for Action: Recommendations from Women Peacebuilders to the WPS Focal Points Network for 2021,” a summary of three virtual consultations held this past summer with women peacebuilders.

Recordings of the webinar are now available in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic. (Note that they use the interpretation feed that was available during the webinar.)

The report is available on our website as well (in English), along with a summary document available in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.


KAIROS is hosting their second Women of Courage: Women, Peace and Security South-South Gathering on November 24-27, with a virtual public event to be held on November 26, 2020, at 10.00am-12.00pm Eastern Time. The annual South-South Gathering provides a critical opportunity for reflection on women’s roles and contributions, particularly at the grassroots level, in conflict prevention, peacebuilding and recovery after crises.

The Gathering brings together all KAIROS partners involved in their Women, Peace and Security program – Organización Femenina Popular (OFP) (Colombia), Héritiers de la Justice (DRC), South Sudan Council of Churches – National Women’s Programme (SSCC-NWP), and Wi’am: Palestinian Conflict Transformation Centre (West Bank).

Further information is available here.


Work opportunities shared by our members

Save the Children Canada is recruiting a Gender Equality Advisor (permanent position based in Toronto or Ottawa – but currently remote) to join the Gender Equality and Program Impact Team. They are looking for someone with field-based humanitarian experience specifically.

The Canadian Red Cross – Domestic Operations is seeking a Protection Gender Inclusion and Engagement (PGIE) specialist within its Mental Health and Psychosocial Support/Safety Wellbeing (MHPSS/SWB) team. This is a short-term contract (with possibility of extension) to support building CRC’s PGIE capacity within MHPSS services.

There is a consultancy opportunity with the Geneva-based International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for developing SGBV programming tools.

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