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Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in General News

VOW Board member Marilou McPhedran presents at the Senate Human Rights Committee

The following link allows you to watch Marilou speaking on Canada’s role in the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in Canada.

The webcast is available from the following site, in both audio and video formats.

Senate Human Rights Committee Examines Implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security in Canada

OTTAWA (March 24, 2014)


Today, the Standing Senate Committee on Human Rights is examining the progress made to date in implementing Canada’s 2010 National Action Plan (C-NAP) for the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. During its public hearing, Senators will hear from witnesses representing the Government of Canada, the United Nations and civil society.


“It is necessary for a country like Canada to show leadership on the international stage in the area of Women, Peace and Security. That’s why our meeting today, reviewing Canada’s actions to date on implementing C-NAP, is so important. Our Senate Committee has long been committed to examining issues of gender and human rights and will continue to champion the furthering of Canada’s efforts to improve the lives of women and girls.”


– Senator Mobina Jaffer, Chair of the Committee


“Canada’s National Action Plan is so important for improving the lives of women and girls in situations of conflict around the world. It outlines how Canada is concretely providing assistance: through training for RCMP and other Canadian officials working overseas, by requiring codes of conduct for humanitarian assistance organisations with respect to sexual exploitation and abuse, and by promoting women’s involvement in peace operations. Canada is not only talking about the importance of women’s rights, it is taking action.”


– Senator Salma Ataullahjan, Deputy Chair of the Committee


Quick Facts

  • The first annual C-NAP Progress Report for 2011-2012 on Building Peace and Security for All: Canada’s Action Plan for the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (Canada’s National Action Plan) was released at end of January 2014.
  • The second annual C-NAP Progress Report for 2012-2013 was tabled in the House of Commons on March 7, 2014.
  • Both reports outline developments over the relevant period in four thematic areas: prevention, participation of women, protection of women and girls, and consideration of women and girls’ needs in the provision of relief and recovery assistance.
  • The Senate Human Rights Committee has a long standing commitment in examining the role of Canada and its obligations to forward human rights both domestically and internationally.
  • The Committee tabled a report in 2010 entitled Canada and the United Nations Human Rights Council: Charting a New Course.



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