Ambika Varma Women in Security

Understanding Canada and Women, Peace and Security

Earlier this month, a new set of commitments towards gender parity was announced at the United Nations Defence Ministerial Conference in Vancouver. Canada’s Liberal government values feminist principles, as seen by the latest defence policy and feminist foreign policy. In Vancouver, Prime Minister Trudeau unveiled the Elsie Initiative to further bolster the integration of women in peacekeeping operations.


The Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPSA) started off as resolution 1325, which then evolved into an entire mandate that inspired the development of more egalitarian National Action Plans. Canada, with its own mandate on Women, Peace and Security, has a plan dedicated towards decreasing gender disparity. The following infograph outlines Canada’s goals and the resolutions behind them.


Infograph by: Ambika Varma

Photo: Woman in Canadian Armed Forces. Public Domain.

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Ambika Varma
Ambika Varma is a Program Editor for Women and Security. She is a York University graduate with a degree in the biomedical sciences. Ambika has worked as a translator for various UN organizations and as a Compliance Analyst for the G7 Research Group at the University of Toronto. She is highly interested in global health security protocols, the impact of biological weaponry, and the impact of disease on security issues. As an intern for the NAOC, Ambika hopes to engage with important security issues and gain a deeper understanding of the various actors at play. Ambika loves art and literature, and plays the violin!