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Feminist Foreign Policy

    Have your say by November 30!

    The Government of Canada is developing a White Paper to articulate its feminist foreign policy. What does a feminist approach to foreign policy mean to you? What actions can Canada take in the next two years to implement its feminist foreign policy?

    Have your say by November 30! The government plans to launch its White Paper in early 2021.

    How to have your say!

    Register for a webinar

    The Feminist Foreign Policy Working Group is organizing two public webinars on Wednesday, November 18 from 12:00-1:30pm EST and from 7:00-8:30pm EST. The same webinar will be run at two separate times. Please register for only one webinar. Simultaneous English/French interpretation will be provided. The deadline to register is Tuesday, November 17 at noon EST. REGISTER HERE

    Upload a YouTube video

    Foreign policy formulation by YouTube? Yes! Head to a quiet place, set your phone to selfie mode, and make a video about what feminist foreign policy means to you and what actions you want to see Canada take to implement its feminist foreign policy. The video can be serious or witty. It can feature you, your cat, props, etc. This if YOUR space to, in one minute or less, in English or in French, share your views on feminist foreign policy with the public and the government of Canada. Upload your video to YouTube. Email the link to the video to canffp@amnesty.ca by November 30.

    Make a written submission

    Make a written submission to the Government of Canada by November 30 completing this Government of Canada form (French version of the form) and submitting it to FFP-PEF@international.gc.ca. Copy your submission to canffp@amnesty.ca if you would like your submission to be posted to this webpage. The Feminist Foreign Policy Working Group is posting submissions to this webpage to stimulate discussion and dialogue about feminist foreign policy throughout the development of the White Paper. All content is posted without comment and does not represent the views of Amnesty International or any of the members of the Working Group.

    What is feminist foreign policy?

    In 2014 Sweden made history by announcing that it would follow a feminist foreign policy. Since then several other governments have followed suit including Canada, Mexico, Luxembourg, and France.

    Canada launched its Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) in June 2017. Officials have said on numerous occasions that Canada has a feminist foreign policy and that key components are the Feminist International Assistance Policy; the Women, Peace and Security National Action Plan; the ‘progressive’ trade agenda; and the Defence Policy (Strong, Secure, Engaged). But to date, there has not been a policy document outlining Canada’s feminist foreign policy principles, approach, and commitments.

    There is much debate and discussion internationally around what a feminist foreign policy should or could include, just as there are many definitions of feminism. The time is right for a Canadian articulation of this important policy.

    In February 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne announced that he would work with civil society to launch a white paper on Canada’s feminist foreign policy by the end of the year. Civil society organizations applauded this announcement and have been looking forward to contributing to the development of the white paper.

    Who are we?

    The Feminist Foreign Policy Working Group includes: Above Ground, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Amnesty International Canada, The Equality Fund, Equitas, Inter Pares, Mines Action Canada, Oxfam Canada, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Women, Peace and Security Network Canada.

    Written Submissions

    WILPF-Canada

    Canadian Coalition for Youth, Peace and Security (English)

    Canadian Coalition for Youth, Peace and Security (French)

    IPPNW-Canada and Rotarians to Prevent Nuclear War

    Canadian Pugwash Group

    Paul Maillet Center for Ethics and Peace Services

    Video Submissions

    Canadian Coalition for Youth, Peace and Security (English)

    Canadian Coalition for Youth, Peace and Security (French)