The Canadian Human Security Approach
A Gender Sensitive Strategy?
Canada’s human security approach - and here I am mainly speaking of the Canadian government’s approach - is likely the conjuncture of many factors, including what kind of society Canada is, how it is shaped and how it views itself, especially internationally. The approach has two dominant features: the safety of people wherever they are at risk and preventative measures through international laws and covenants. The human security agenda introduced in Canada’s foreign policy in 1996 signaled a needed paradigm shift in response to our transnational or globalized reality, where everyday life is experienced by the perception of global tragedies, and our specific location is layered with multiple locations and networks.