Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland on Saturday, 22 September, announced that Canada will create a new ambassador position dedicated to women, peace and security, AFP reported.
The announcement was made during Women Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (WFMM) organised in Montreal on from 21 to 22 September. The meeting brought together top diplomats of countries around the world, and focused on discussions such as eliminating gender-based violence, conflict prevention and democratic growth .
During her speech, Freeland announced that the decision to appoint a new ambassador for the position was taken to elevate feminist-based aid programs and advocate for more female participation in peacekeeping in Canada and around the world.
“This is a big step forward for our feminist foreign policy ,” Freeland wrote in a tweet.
Yesterday, I announced the position of #WomenPeaceSecurity ambassador at the #WFMM2018. This is a big step forward for our feminist foreign policy! Thank you to @BorysWrz for championing this idea in the House and ensuring that Canada is truly a leader on #WPS.— Chrystia Freeland (@cafreeland) September 23, 2018
Freeland also confirmed that Canada would spend about $25 million to fund initiatives aimed at combating gender-based violence and promoting women's participation in peace processes.
She also announced that Canada would co-chair a global network on women, peace and security with Uruguay in 2020.
As reported by AFP, Freeland announced:
"“This is not about creating a pink ghetto. This is quite to the contrary. This is about highlighting the importance and the role and the rights of women and girls in the world.”" - Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Foreign Affairs MinisterWomen Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
The WFMM that brought top diplomats of 17 countries was not restricted to women. The event was also attended by Japan's foreign minister, Taro Kono, AFP reported.
During the event, Federica Mogherini, high representative for the European Union, said while addressing Kono’s presence, “We do not want to create a separate box.”
The conference brought together ministers from Andorra, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Croatia, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Namibia, Norway, Panama, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, South Africa and Sweden.
Minister Freeland and #EU High Representative @FedericaMog join their counterparts from around the world for a family photo at the Women Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in #Montréal. #WFMM2018 #DiploWomen pic.twitter.com/xeL4rMG35y— Foreign Policy CAN (@CanadaFP) September 22, 2018
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström tweeted about the meet, “Gender equality is a peace and security issue”, emphasising that change was necessary.
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