Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy

The Government of Canada is developing a feminist foreign policy and hopes to launch it in March 2021.

The Feminist Foreign Policy Working Group contributed three reports to the policy-making process and all of them can be accessed here. Canada launched its Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) in June 2017 but, to date, there has not been a policy document outlining Canada’s feminist foreign policy principles, approach, and commitments.

There is much debate and discussion internationally around what a feminist foreign policy should or could include, just as there are many definitions of feminism. The time is right for a Canadian articulation of this important policy. Currently, there are varying thoughts towards the policies that are going to be implemented but it is one step in the right direction for our Country and our Liberal government.

In February 2020, Minister of Foreign Affairs François-Philippe Champagne announced that he would work with civil society to launch a white paper on Canada’s feminist foreign policy by the end of the year. 

Here are some more reads for information about the new policy:

The Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy- CFFP

Canada’s Feminist Foreign Policy- The Canadian Encyclopedia