#16Days: Post-genocide Rwanda poses obstacles to women’s psychological health and well-being

By Christine Izere, student at the University of Ottawa, currently interning with the Women Peace and Security Network - Canada. Twenty-three years ago my mother fled Rwanda in hopes of finding refuge elsewhere. Nothing could have prepared her for the psychological scars that she would face in the years to come. However, she is considered the …

#16Days: From Graves to Great; collective action builds feminist resistance in DRC

By Rebecca Boyce, Global Lead for Gender Equality and Social Inclusion for Cuso International and Steering Committee member of the WPSN-C December 6th marks the fatal tragedy of the 1989 Montreal Massacre, a horrendous crime that left 14 Polytechnique students murdered and 9 injured because they were women. Shooter Marc Lépine, explicitly targeted women to …

#16Days: Addressing Stigma and Discrimination in Combating HIV/AIDS

By Christine Izere, student at the university of Ottawa, currently interning with the Women, Peace and Security Network - Canada. World Aids day will be a day to increase the impact of awareness through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships with the government. We hope this day will emphasize the need to bring forth the issue of …

#16Days: Welcome!

By Beth Woroniuk, WPSN-C Coordinator (@bethottawa) Welcome to WPSN-C’s special online series for #16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence! In Canada and around the world organizations, activists and institutions will use these 16 days to raise awareness, build political support for change, and identify concrete ways to go forward. This year’s official theme is “Together …

Building Bridges: Dialogue with the Department of National Defence & the Canadian Armed Forces

by JO Rodrigues, Steering Committee   On October 18th the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada (WPSN-C), the Department of National Defence (DND) and Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) met to build more understanding and strengthen dialogue. Meeting for two hours, attendees shared information on how they are working to move the WPS agenda forward …