VIDEO: Inclusive Security Director Jacqueline O’Neill Testifies to the Canadian Senate

   •    April 24, 2014

Last month, Inclusive Security Director Jacqueline O’Neill testified before the Canadian Senate’s Standing Committee on Human Rights regarding the importance of National Action Plans (NAPs) on women, peace, and security. The committee, chaired by Sen. Mobina Jaffer, met to examine Canada’s progress and commitments related to UN Security Council Resolution 1325. Witnesses from the Canadian ministries of national defense and foreign affairs, the UN, and civil society also offered testimony on the subject.

In her testimony, Jacqui reminded committee members that women’s inclusion is not just about fairness or rights, but about building stronger peace and security. She added: “I believe that if we can’t collectively make the case that effective NAPs lead to greater security, we’ll lose global momentum and the quality of foreign policy everywhere will suffer.”

But what makes an effective NAP? At their heart, they are a tool for enabling governments to realize the promises of 1325 in meaningful, tangible ways. With 43 NAPs now in existence, there is a growing list of “best practices” that can assure that rhetoric is matched by impact.

To learn more, watch the video below and read about Inclusive Security’s newest initiative, Resolution to Act.

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