This Action Plan is intended to guide the Government of Canada in the implementation of a group of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (SCRs) on Women, Peace and Security which recognize and address the experiences of women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations, and to improve Canada's capacity to safeguard and support affected populations during all phases of peace operations (peacekeeping, peacebuilding, peacemaking, peace enforcement, conflict prevention, mediation, and stabilization and reconstruction), and in fragile states and conflict-affected situations.
Canada regards full implementation of these resolutions as an important means of contributing to the full realization of human rights, peace and security by increasing, over the long term, the effectiveness of responses by the international community to conflict situations or cases of acute fragility, and thereby building peace that respects the fundamental equality of men and women.
The active and meaningful participation of women and girls at all stages of international interventions will result in improved program and project effectiveness and sustainability at the local, national and international levels. This includes ensuring a diverse range of women have an equal opportunity to engage directly in the development of proposed interventions and to assess the impact of proposed interventions on them. This approach is a fundamental part of effective and accountable peace operations and engagements in fragile states and as such is neither optional nor incremental, and must be built into all stages of the design and delivery of programs.