Friday, March 22nd, 2019 The UN Peacekeeper Sexual Abuse Crisis: Is Canada Doing Enough?

Friday, March 22, 20193:00PM - 6:00PMBloor - 1st floor Boardroom/Round Room/Library, 315 Bloor Street West


The Trudeau government has repeatedly proclaimed that “Canada is back” in global affairs. In its public efforts to recommit to United Nations peace operations, Canada launched an initiative to increase the number of women participating in peace operations and deployed some 250 troops to the UN’s stabilization mission in Mali. While UN peacekeeping missions have made important contributions to maintaining peace and preventing conflict in recent years, the UN’s efforts have also been marred by sexual abuse scandals—exposing a startling accountability gap.

AIDS-Free World’s Code Blue Campaign is leading an effort to end impunity for sexual abuse by UN personnel. For its part, Canada has pledged to take action to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation and abuse, including through its second National Action Plan to implement the UN Security Council’s resolution on Women, Peace and Security.

But is Canada doing enough? Framed by Canada’s feminist foreign policy and an intensified focus on ending sexual violence in the #MeToo era, panellists will critically assess Canada’s current approach. What actions should Canada take to strengthen accountability for sexual violence in the aid sector?

3:10-3:15 – Opening remarks

3:15-4:00 – Panel Discussion

4:00-4:45 – Q & A

4:45-6:00 – Reception


Dr. Karen Breeck
Major (Retired), Canadian Armed Forces

Kaila Mintz
Coordinator, AIDS-Free World’s Code Blue Campaign

Sandra Biskupski-Mujanovic
PhD Candidate Women's Studies and Transitional Justice Western University

Gerald Bareebe
PhD Candidate Department of Political Science University of Toronto


Code Blue Campaign

Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice

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