Designing A Secure Future At Global Affairs Canada

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On June 22nd, Our Secure Future and Nobel Women’s Initiative completed their first annual Designing Our Secure Future conference in which participants discussed ways to amplify the Women, Peace and Security agenda for the next decade. The week before, the Canadian government announced its new policy of a Feminist International Agenda. As a result of the timeliness of our convening, both Our Secure Future and Nobel Women’s Initiative were invited to offer guidance to Global Affairs Canada on opportunities and challenges to implementing WPS on the ground. The roundtable discussion was chaired by Caroline Delany, Director of Planning and Deployments Division in Global Affairs Canada, and Beth Woroniuk of the Women, Peace and Security Network Canada, and included four panelists: Rosa Emilia Salamanca (Colombia), Visaka Dharmadasa (Sri Lanka), Mavic Cabrera-Balleza (NY/Philippines), and Rodolfo Dominguez Marquez (Mexico) – all of whom attended the Designing Our Secure Future event. Topics discussed were a new vision for security, support for new funding structures for women-led peacebuilding, and what a feminist international agenda should aspire to be.