Canada collaborates with partners in the Philippines to promote the Women, Peace, and Security agenda in Southeast Asia

Canada works with Philippine partners to advance the Women, Peace, and Security agenda in Southeast Asia

**Empowering Women in Defence: A Collaborative Effort in the Indo-Pacific**


On March 1, 2024, a significant event took place in Manila that highlighted the importance of gender-responsive leadership in the armed forces. The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Military Training and Cooperation Program (MTCP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) co-hosted a Symposium on Gender-Responsive Leadership, marking the conclusion of the Integration of Women and Gender Perspectives in Armed Forces (IWGPAF) workshop. This event was a pivotal moment in advancing the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda in the region.

**Bringing Together Leaders from Across the Indo-Pacific**

The IWGPAF workshop brought together 37 participants from the armed forces of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. These participants exchanged ideas and experiences on the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 in their respective countries, emphasizing the importance of gender equality and inclusivity in defense institutions.

**A Collaborative Vision for the Future**

The Symposium included senior leaders from the AFP, Canadian delegates, and representatives from various organizations. Discussions revolved around organizational culture, best practices, and the challenges of integrating women within security and defense institutions. The commitment to advancing the WPS agenda and UNSCR 1325 was evident through the diverse representation at the event, showcasing a collaborative vision for the future of defense.


Promoting gender equality and empowering women in defense is a shared priority among Canada and its Southeast Asian partners. By working together and promoting inclusivity, we can strengthen our defense institutions and make them more resilient in the face of evolving security challenges. The Symposium in Manila served as a reminder of the importance of gender-responsive leadership and the need for collaborative action in advancing the Women, Peace, and Security agenda. Let us continue to strive for equality and inclusivity in defense, creating a more secure and peaceful future for all.



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