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

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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 increase in defence spending. And then there was the Feminist International Assistance Policy, with its promising framework (but many questions about the Department’s ability to put it into practice).

Now we’re waiting for the launch of the new National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security or C-NAP. This is a ‘test case’ of how far the Government is willing to go in putting feminist principles into action. The C-NAP provides the Government with an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that they are moving towards a coherent feminist approach to foreign policy beyond international assistance. Continue reading “Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: An Update”