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Canada Will Welcome Women Foreign Ministers of the World in First-Ever Summit


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Canada will host the first-ever meeting of women foreign ministers in September, reports AFP.

The event will be hosted by Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, along with the European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in Montreal on on Sept. 21 and 22 while the UN General Assembly is underway in New York, according to the announcement.

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"The first meeting of women foreign ministers will provide a unique opportunity to reinforce this commitment through a general discussion of key issues facing the world, such as peace and security, climate change, and terrorism, in addition to putting forward the perspective of women leaders," said Canada's foreign ministry spokesman Adam Austen, in an official statement.

Thirty women around the world currently lead their countries' diplomacy, including eight in Europe, 10 in Latin America and the Caribbean, five in Africa, and others in Asia, including India, Indonesia, and Australia.

“Promoting gender equality is essential for our prosperity as well as peace and security in the world," Austen told AFP.

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The news was first announced in April during a meeting in Toronto of G7 foreign ministers, with additional details released this month.

“We are sure that such an initiative will give rise to some very constructive discussions,” said Freeland in an earlier report by Japan Times, noting that the gathering would mark a paradigm shift. “All of us women foreign ministers [have] said we are often in meetings where we are the only woman.”

Mogherini echoed that sentiment, stating: “We believe that is going to be a very important way to open the doorway for understanding.”