This article has been contributed by Prajeena Karmacharya, Kristine St. Pierre and Tamar Palandjian-Toufayan.
Civil society organizations, and in particular those working to advance women’s issues exist in paradox in the Canadian context. The Minister of Foreign Affairs stated, at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations that “[one] of the key premises of our values-based foreign policy is [that] we must actively support and promote not just the equality of men and women, but the full participation of women in all parts of civil society.”
Major budgetary cuts combined with changes to government ministries and departments have however had important negative impacts on the ability of civil society organizations to conduct their work. Part of this work involves monitoring the Government of Canada’s efforts toward the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security.