October 30, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will introduce new initiatives to mark the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
The women, peace and security agenda is crucial to building a more inclusive, equal, peaceful and safer world. Canada remains committed to advancing this agenda, which is a cornerstone of its feminist foreign policy.
The equal and substantive participation of women peacebuilders is a matter of human rights. All people have the right to be represented by those who will defend their interests, the right to have a voice at the table when decisions are taken and the right to take part in determining their futures.
During today’s High-Level Event of the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Network, Minister Champagne announced new investments of $9.9 million to support women peacebuilders globally, in addition to $5 million dedicated to grassroots women peacebuilders, for a total of $14.9 million. In addition, he announced the creation of an annual women, peace and security awards program to highlight excellence in research and civil society leadership. These investments will further advance women’s leadership in peace and security.
Canada will also hold a year-long global advocacy campaign through its network of diplomatic missions worldwide to recognize, support and protect the important work of women peacebuilders.
These initiatives further demonstrate Canada’s steadfast commitment to the women, peace and security agenda and will address key gaps in the agenda’s implementation, including those highlighted by civil society organizations. These new commitments underscore Canada’s essential commitment to gender equality as a foundation for peace.