Minister Oda Meets With Nobel Women's Initiative

May 27, 2011

The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, met with a delegation from the Nobel Women's Initiative to discuss the challenges of sexual violence against women.

"Violence against women is always unacceptable. In the developing world, countless women face victimization and their attackers act with impunity. All countries must support the courage of these women as we continue the fight to end sexual violence," said Minister Oda. "It was an honour to meet these distinguished women. I look forward to working with them and building on the progress made to date."

Minister Oda met with Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate, and Naw K'nway, Presidium Board Member of the Women's League of Burma. These women are leaders in their field and are recognized for their extraordinary work with human rights, banning landmines, and peace promotion.

Women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize now work together in the Nobel Women's Initiative to promote the work of rights activists, researchers, and organizations worldwide. By strengthening and expanding the global movement against violence, these women hope to address the root causes of violence and advance peace, justice, and equality.

"We discussed the need for an integrated and coordinated approach to protecting women from sexual violence, particularly in conflict zones. The Nobel Women's Initiative has recognized Canada's work and we agree Canada must continue to be a leader on this incredibly important issue," continued Minister Oda.

Canada's Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security was launched in October 2010 and is a whole-of-government approach, supported by clear national objectives and performance indicators. The plan will enhance the effectiveness and accountability of Canadian contributions to peace operations, a process that will respect the fundamental equality of women and men.

The plan will ensure that NGO partners who deliver Canadian humanitarian assistance overseas have codes of conduct related to sexual exploitation and abuse. The plan will help in the creation of training modules for government personnel who are deployed to peace operations or conflict zones. This training will address violence prevention and protection issues related to women, peace and security. The plan will also help identify Canadian specialists with expertise in women, peace and security, and assist in their professional development and placement on international deployment rosters for future peace assignments.



 

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