Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau appointed Jacqueline O’Neill as Canada’s first ambassador for Women, Peace and Security. Ms. O’Neill will help advance Canada’s feminist foreign policy by championing women, peace and security efforts domestically and abroad.
Working alongside government and civil society, Ms. O’Neill will advocate for women’s meaningful inclusion in peace negotiations, national political dialogues, and policy making. Additionally, she will mobilize, engage and consult with relevant stakeholders involved with advocating for women, peace and security in order to raise the profile and effectiveness of Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
In 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1325, which acknowledges the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women and girls, as well as the importance of their role in peacekeeping and conflict resolution. It calls on UN Member States to increase women’s participation in peace and security through the creation of national action plans. According to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 79 UN Member States have national action plans, including Canada.
Ms. O’Neill has advised the Canadian government since 2011 on the country’s first and second national action plans on women, peace and security. She is the former president of the Institute for Inclusive Security based in Washington, D.C, and has over 15 years of expertise working with governments and civil society. She has supported the creation of national strategies and policy frameworks for more than 30 countries, NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the United Nations.
Learn about Jacqueline O’Neill here.
Read more about her role here.
Read the government’s official statement here.
Find out more about 1325 and Member States’ National Action Plans here.