Today marks another day in women's history as Justin Trudeau announced that Canada's first ever ambassador for women, peace, and security has been appointed. Jacqueline O'Neill will help to advance Canada's feminist foreign policy and help to protect the rights of women. Not only will O'Neill be working on women's rights, peace and security around the nation but she will also work towards peace and security around the world.
According to CTV, O'Neill is from Alberta and is the former president of the Institute for Inclusive Security. O'Neill has previously advised the federal government on its women, peace and security policy in the past.
This new role in the government will advocate for women's rights throughout Canada. Some of O'Neill's new roles will include working with all federal departments to advise and implement Canada's plan on women, peace, and security; host events that help encourage women to come together and participate in building peace; and representing Canada at international events that are related to women.
O'Neill will also be working towards protecting the rights of women who are facing violence and how to protect these women from these insecurities and violence that they do face throughout the nation.
On top of this, one of the most exciting things about this new ambassador position is that O'Neill will be working towards ensuring that women and girls can participate equally in our society. The Government of Canada believes that gender equality will help to advance peace and security throughout the nation.
Trudeau states that "when women play an active role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding, and when their rights are respected, we are better able to achieve long-term sustainable peace.
While this is a brand new role in Canada, this isn't the first time that Canada or the world has addressed women and their role in resolving peace and security. Back in 2000, the United Nations Security Council urged the Member States to increase women's participation in all United Nations peace and security efforts.
Canada followed suit and has launched a National Action Plan for women, peace, and security in both 2010 and 2017. 80 of these national action plans have been adopted globally.
O'Neill will be the ambassador for Women, Peace, and Security on a full-time basis for the next three years.