The face of power is shifting. On September 21 and 22, Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland cohosted a meeting of women foreign ministers in Montreal – the first gathering of this kind. The MATCH Fund was part of this historic summit. Together with a number of other Canadian organizations, we negotiated the participation of 10 global feminist activists in a breakfast discussions with the foreign ministers.
Two of The MATCH Fund’s partners, Theo Sowa from the African Women’s Development Fund and Gisèle Baraka from AFEM (Association des femmes des médias du Sud Kivu) – were among the civil society representatives who raised women’s rights and issues related to feminist foreign policy. Our informal coalition also organized a series of side events, including a public panel in Montreal featuring Theo and Minister Karina Gould, and a civil society dialogue. Together with our partners and allies, we are contributing to the redefinition of foreign policy, working to bring feminist perspectives to the fore.
Read our final statement on the gathering, as well as Open Canada’s September 25 article on the meetings: “For women foreign ministers and activists, a historic first in Montreal.“