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

The following statement is from Margaret Capelazo, gender advisor for CARE Canada in response to the release of the Canada’s 2017-2022 National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security:

Women and girls are typically portrayed as victims of war, rather than survivors and key actors. Gender inequalities that exist in society are always exacerbated by conflict. Less attention is given to women and girls’ enormous contributions to the prevention of violence, as responders when crisis hits, and to the reconstruction and resilience of communities.

In CARE’s experience, working with women and girls is indispensable for durable humanitarian and development interventions. This requires approaches that view women as agents, rather than mere beneficiaries. The participation of women in conflict prevention, resolution and post-conflict state building can help bring about more inclusive and peaceful societies.

CARE Canada welcomes the launch of Canada’s 2017-2022 National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. As a humanitarian organization that works with women and girls in conflict and emergency situations around the world, we know that when the voices of women worst affected by crisis are heard, humanitarian, development, and peace initiatives are more effective. The inclusion of women’s rights organizations is fundamental for allowing this to happen and we are pleased that this is emphasized in the plan.

We look forward to thoroughly analyzing the new policy and, more importantly, to learning how all concerned federal departments will implement theses measures. It will be critical that these are monitored to ensure they uphold the transformative spirit of the plan so Canada can truly support the critical role women are already playing in conflict and emergency situations around the world.

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Editor’s note: Margaret Capelazo spoke to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development as part of the consultations leading to the creation of the 2017-2022 National Action Plan.

To arrange an interview, contact:

Darcy Knoll
Communications Specialist | CARE Canada
darcy.knoll@care.ca | 613-228-5641