Sustainable Human Empowerment SHE Associates Inc

Urooj Mian, CEO


Location: SHE Associates is based out of Ottawa but our colleagues are also based in Turkey and Rwanda

Tell us about your work on WPS

SHE Associates works on advising on the operationalization of the WPS agenda, whether we offer capacity building for organizations or by participating in policy forums nationally and internationally. Our CEO also teaches a course on this.

Share a highlight of your work on WPS issues

Our CEO has participated in the development and/or implementation of CNAP 2 and CNAP3. We regularly work in empowering organizations and civil society actors on using policy for advocacy via training and strategic planning services. We regularly work in disaster zones and conflict areas, most recently, Syria, Pakistan and Somalia.

Who do you admire in the WPS field?

We admire anyone that uses their privilege and their voice to forward change. Female human rights defenders are ever-inspiring and likely some of the most fiercest humans on earth – we amplify them wherever we can.

What have you read recently that you would like to recommend to Network members?

White Saviorism in International Development – Practices, Theories and Lived Experiences…a must read, just released.

If you could make one recommendation for the next National Action Plan on WPS, what would it be?

To actively include those who have lived experiences in assisting in its implementation and to allow experts in Canada for specific context areas to lead the work on it. TO not prescribe or presume issues and needs in our foreign interventions and to allow for representation to facilitate this, in all decision making levels and positions in Canada.

What is your dream for the WPS agenda?

That it is well-known and understood globally by all, especially militaries, and elected politicians who regularly make decisions which lead to casualties. Durable peace requires all voices at the table, to be present, heard and noted – this needs to be empowered and consciously realized.