Day 2: UNSCR 1325 on Women Peace and Security – What Does it Mean for Refugee Survivors of Violence in Canada?

November 26

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security: What Does it Mean for Refugee Survivors of Violence in Canada?

The 16 Days of Activism Against-Gender Based Violence initiative in Canada is aiming to educate, engage and empower our communities locally, nationally and internationally against issues surrounding sexual and gender-based violence. As a signatory to the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security, Canada is committed to addressing the issues and realizing solutions. It is a fact that women and children are disproportionately impacted by conflict. So what does this mean in Canada, and how do we honour our implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on the eve of its 15th anniversary in 2015?

Résolution 1325 sur les femmes, la paix et la sécurité adoptée par le Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies: Qu'est-ce que cela signifie pour les réfugiées au Canada ayant été victimes de violence?

L'initiative des 16 jours d'activisme contre la violence faite aux femmes au  Canada vise à sensibiliser, à mobiliser et à habiliter nos communautés, à l'échelle locale, nationale et internationale, en ce qui concerne les problèmes de violence à l'égard des femmes. En tant que signataire de la résolution 1325 adoptée par le Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies sur les Femmes, la paix et la sécurité, le Canada est déterminé à remédier aux problèmes et à  trouver des solutions. Il s'est avéré que les femmes et les enfants sont touchés de façon disproportionnée par les conflits. Que signifie donc la résolution du Conseil de sécurité des Nations Unies pour le Canada, et comment devons-nous célébrer la mise en œuvre de la résolution 1325 à l'approche du 15e anniversaire de son adoption, en 2015?

November 26: UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women Peace and Security - What Does it Mean for Refugee Survivors of Violence in Canada? A panel discussion.

This panel encouraged informative and illuminating discussion around UNSCR 1325 and its implications at both the domestic and international levels. In particular, discussion centered around experiences of refugee women as survivors of violence, and the services available to them from both the policy level as well as the grassroots level. Panellists were Amanda Klaman of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada, Yamikani Msosa of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa, and Roya Ghafari of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa. Urooj Mian of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Refugee Affairs Branch, moderated the panel.

UNSCR 1325, passed in 2000, was a landmark resolution acknowledging the changing nature of warfare and the role of women in the peace-building process. It has acted as an important goal to strive towards, but progress remains in embedding informed capacity-building in gender-based analysis and assessment. This lively discussion was attended by members of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Women in International Security Canada, Women Peace and Security Network, and members of the public.

Photos courtesy of Su Hum, Photo Luma

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Panellists (left to right): Roya Ghafari (SASC Ottawa), Amanda Klaman (DFATD), Yamikani Msosa (SASC Ottawa), Urooj Mian (CIC Refugee Affairs)

 

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