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Canada to have its first Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security

The new ambassador would help champion feminist-based aid programs and advocate for more female participation in peacekeeping and conflict resolution

Montreal, Sept 24 (IENews) In an effort to promote meaningful participation of women in peace process, Canada will soon have its first ambassador for women, peace and security, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has said.

The ambassador will provide advice on the effective implementation of Canada’s National Action Plan on WPS, Freeland announced at the just concluded Women Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (WFMM) here.

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“This is a big step forward for our feminist foreign policy,” Freeland wrote in a tweet.

During the meeting, the ministers highlighted the benefits that come from integrating a gender perspective in approaches to foreign and security policies, and from their shared desire to promote the meaningful participation of women at all levels of decision making and leadership.

The Foreign Minister also said that Canada will co-chair, with Uruguay, the WPS Focal Points Network in 2020. The two countries will host a global conference with the network’s member states, regional organizations and women peace builders from around the world.

She also confirmed that Canada would spend about $25 million to fund to strengthen active participation of women in peace processes, support the investigation of sexual and gender-based crimes, build sustainable and inclusive peace, and advance women’s empowerment and gender equality in developing countries.

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