Jakarta (ANTARA) - Ambassador of Canada to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Victoria Singmin, has emphasized that the participation of youth and women is an integral part of building sustainable peace.
"Their capacities must all be taken into account if peace and stability initiatives and solutions are to be sustainable," Singmin stated during a discussion on Women, Peace, and Security held by the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) here on Friday.
She said that women and youth make up a significant chunk of the population in ASEAN countries.
Therefore, their perspectives, needs, and capacities must be taken into account if peace and stability initiatives and solutions are to be sustainable.
Singmin noted that Canada has long supported an agenda for youth, women, peace, and security, including the aspect of the demographic bonus that Indonesia will experience in 2045.
Regarding this demographic bonus, she drew attention to rapid advancements in digital and information technology that position youth as digital natives, with a key role in shaping society today and in the future.
"This includes in the area of peace and security as well," she emphasized.
Singmin noted that Canada has launched an initiative with UN Women on empowering women for sustainable peace. The country also has a feminist foreign policy or Indo-Pacific strategy that offers it an opportunity to partner with important organizations in ASEAN.
In the region, there is a regional plan of action on women, peace, and security that recognizes and provides a framework for ASEAN member states to implement policies and programs that promote youth and girls' participation and protection in conflict and post-conflict situations.
"Canada is so excited to be a part of this journey. This is something that is very meaningful for us globally," she affirmed.
According to Singmin, all these approaches should ensure that women, peace, and security are matters that are relatable to all.
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