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Diasporian News of Wednesday, 6 October 2010

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Canada launches National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

(October 5, 2010 - ACCRA) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Canadian Minister of
Foreign Affairs, today announced Canada’s Action Plan for the Implementation of
United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) on Women, Peace and Security.
“I am proud to launch Canada’s action plan today,” said Minister Cannon. “Canada has
long advocated the need to ensure that the rights and well-being of women and girls
are integrated into peace processes and other responses to armed conflict.”
“For Canadians, violence against women and girls is unquestionably unacceptable. Our
government is proud to support and implement meaningful measures such as this action
plan to improve safety and justice for women and girls around the world who are
affected by violence,” said the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works
and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women.
The action plan responds to a series of UNSCRs on the subject of women, peace and
security. Collectively, these resolutions confirm the need to account for equality
between women and men in all stages of conflict prevention and resolution. They are
key to the development of stable countries built on a foundation of human rights and
the rule of law. UN member states were urged by the Security Council to develop
action plans for implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted in 2000.
This resolution was the first Security Council resolution to deal exclusively with
women in situations of armed conflict. To date 20 countries, including Canada, have
announced national action plans.
“Our action plan will guide the way Canada develops policy, how we select, train and
deploy Canadian personnel, and how we ensure they have the right knowledge and
guidance for implementing Canadian policies effectively in the field,” said Minister
Cannon. “It will steer Canada’s interventions abroad so they encourage the
participation of women and girls, promote their rights and advance their equal
access to humanitarian and development assistance.”
In Ghana, the High Commission of Canada is also working on women, peace and security
issues with Ghanaian stakeholders. In collaboration with partners, the Women Peace
and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-Africa), the African Security Dialogue and
Research (ASDR), the Africa Security Sector Network (ASSN) and the Ministry of Women
and Children’s Affairs (MOWAC), the High Commission is co-organising a one-day
National Conference on Implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Ghana's Security Sector on
Oct 14, 2010 in Accra. The Conference is one of many activities planned by
stakeholders to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Security
Council Resolution 1325.
The conference will also mark the culmination of a series of roundtables by
WIPSEN-Africa hosted by the High Commission of Canada in Ghana over a period of
three months with personnel of the different security sector institutions: the Ghana
Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Customs Excise and Preventive Service,
Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Prisons Service, Private Security Companies, Narcotics
Control Board, Ghana National Fire Service, as well as with Parliamentarians. At the
conference, representatives from throughout the sector will present a series of
policy recommendations to the Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs and other
strategic partners on women, peace and security in Ghana.

Canada is a longstanding partner of the Government of Ghana on peace and security
issues, including through support to peace support missions where both both
countries work side-by-side, such as in UNAMID in Darfur, Sudan, as well as through
the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra.