#WeAreNATO: The Alliance's Efforts to Advance Women, Peace, and Security

To celebrate NATO’s 70th anniversary, WIIS-Canada hosted a conference on March 27th, 2019 at the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto to highlight the alliance’s efforts to advance the Women, Peace and Security agenda. The aim of the event was to highlight the outstanding work that has been done by our female Canadian leaders, both in civilian and military roles, at NATO, as well as take a critical look at NATO’s efforts to include full and equal participation of women at all levels of conflict.The event was followed by a networking reception for female scholars and practitioners, in collaboration with Canadian and U.S. partners.

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Leading from the Front: Combating Gender-Based Violence in the Canadian Armed Forces

WIIS-Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Defence Association Institute (CDA Institute), hosted a roundtable on December 5, 2018 at the KGMP offices in Ottawa, as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Despite the positive developments made on gender integration in the Canadian military, significant challenges remain. Four expert panelists were invited to discuss current initiatives, training, and research developed both inside and outside of government to address destructive behaviours and practices.

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16 Days Campaign: Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism is a campaign which calls for the elimination of gender-based violence by raising awareness at the local, national, and international levels. It bolsters local projects working on issues of violence against women, provides a forum for effective strategy and knowledge-sharing, demonstrates the solidarity of women, and creates tools to pressure governments to implement policies aimed at eliminating violence against women. What are the objectives of the 16 Days Campaign in Canada? Educate, Engage, Empower.

For four years WIIS-Canada took the lead on the national campaign for the international 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence. This international initiative engages many countries and thousands of organisations around the world. In the four years that WIIS-Canada Chaired the national campaign we expanded our national reach through local events and social media. In this section you can find information about the campaign from 2014 to 2018.

  • In 2018, the theme was End Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work, read more about WIIS-Canada’s Campaign here.
  • In 2017, WIIS-Canada’s Toronto Chapter ran a Twitter Campaign, and the Queen’s Chapter hosted a self defence workshop, read more about WIIS-Canada’s Campaign here.
  • In 2016, WIIS-Canada’s Carleton Chapter hosted a donation drive and WIIS-Canada made an interactive calendar of all 16 Days Events, read more about WIIS-Canada’s Campaign here.
  • In 2015, the theme was From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All, read more about WIIS-Canada’s Campaign here.
  • In 2014, WIIS-Canada enthusiastically joined 16 Days as a lead organizer, learn from about WIIS-Canada’s Campaign here.
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International Security in 2018: Canadian Responses to Contemporary Challenges

Conference organized with the Royal Canadian Military Institute

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On Sunday, 25 March 2018, Women in International Security (WIIS) at Queen’s University partnered with the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) to co-host the “Canadian Women in International Peace and Security: Leading from the Front” workshop.

March 7: "Not an Instruction Manual": The Handmaid's Tale and the Lessons of Reproductive Justice

The Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa is pleased to partner with WIIS-Canada to present this event.

International Women’s Day, March 8

Stand With Us

WIIS-Canada partners with Quebec Native Women IncIndigenous Law Association at McGill UniversityMcGill Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, and the Montreal Holocaust Museum, to present a panel discussion on the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls.

International Women’s Day, March 8

Ottawa’s biggest International Women’s Day Celebration

WHAT: The Future is Feminist – International Women’s Day 2017

WHERE: Library and Archives Canada Auditorium (395 Wellington Street, Ottawa ON)

WHEN: March 8, 2017, Doors Open at 6:00 PM

Challenges and Opportunities for Canadian Civil Society

May 2, 2014
This forum explored opportunities to reflect on the challenges and opportunities in monitoring Women, Peace and Security National Action Plans resulting from the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.