Five Things the Evening with Parliamentarians Taught Me About the WPS Agenda and Feminism in Canada

by Sarah Tuckey, PhD Candidate and WPSN-C Member On Tuesday, October 17, the WPSN-C co-hosted an Evening with Parliamentarians with Senator Marilou McPhedran on the East Block of Parliament Hill. Our event was co-sponsored by Members of Parliament Hélène Laverdière, Elizabeth May, Anita Vandenbeld and Parliamentary Secretary Karen McCrimmon, as well as by Senators Mobina …

Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: An Update

by Beth Woroniuk, WPSN-C Coordinator. Follow her on twitter @bethottawa This month has seen a flurry of foreign policy announcements. First, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland outlined the government’s vision of Canada’s role in the world in her speech in the House of Commons. This was followed by the new Defence Policy, which featured a massive …

Expect the Unexpected: Navigating the Challenges of Conducting Fieldwork in a Fragile State

by Kirsten Van Houten, Ph.D. Candidate, School of International Development and Global Studies at the University of Ottawa Between February and May of 2016 I conducted my doctoral fieldwork in South Kivu, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). While I was there, I embedded myself within three local civil society organizations in order to …

Gender Issues are Security Issues: Canada’s Next C-NAP and the Conclusive Link Between Women’s Empowerment and Peace

By Sarah Tuckey, PhD Candidate and Management Consultant On April 20th and 21st, Global Affairs Canada, with the support of the Women, Peace and Security Network - Canada, will host a two-day consultation for the renewal of Canada's National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (the C-NAP on WPS). There are many pressing WPS issues on …

IDRC Inclusive Economies Gender Speaker Series: Applying a Gender Lens to Preventing Violent Extremism

Not Just a Case of ‘Dealing with the Bad Guys’: Applying a Gender Lens to Preventing Violent Extremism with Dr. Henri Myrttinen, Head of Gender and Peacebuilding, International Alert Date:   February 17, 2017 Time:   1:30 - 2:30pm Venue: IDRC’s Pearson Boardroom, 8th floor, 150 Kent Street, Ottawa The event is free, but seating …