The Research Network on Women, Peace and Security conducts research on women, peace, and security in Canada and abroad. Find on this page research findings from its members and research leads related to its three strategic challenges: Canada's Defence Relations, Future Challenges and Climate Change.

Revisiting the impact of Cybersecurity, COVID-19, and Conflict Nexus on Women Human Rights Defenders

In this report, Hafsa Afailal and Muzna Dureid examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the progress and commitment of Women Human Rights Defenders, Activists, and Peacebuilders and assess the effectiveness of its coordination and coping mechanisms. The study takes a holistic approach, examining the interplay between Cybersecurity, COVID-19, and Conflict (triple C) Nexus. The goal is to enhance women's meaningful participation in conflict prevention, resolution, and peacebuilding.

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Where is the Peace in WPS? Addressing demilitarization as a key priority

White paperMilitarization is a barrier to meaningful peace and security in Canada and around the world. The purpose of this paper is to highlight existing government policy relationships to militarization, to demonstrate how this impedes efforts to bolster global peace and security, and to present alternative options for the future. Pursuing demilitarization is necessary for upholding Canada’s commitment to Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) priorities, and should be prioritized in future Canadian National Action Plans (NAP). We hope that this will inform future policy development across relevant portfolios, including National Defence, Status of Women, Global Affairs, Public Safety, and International Trade.

This report was generated by members of the Women, Peace, & Security Research Network. Created through a working group of experts, dialogue was initiated around what demilitarization means in the context of the WPS Agenda priorities in Canada. Contributors included academics, government officials, activists, and nongovernmental organization representatives.

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