He will also participate in a side event on advancing the meaningful participation of women in peace operations, where he will engage with partners of the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations to learn about the significant activities Senegal’s Armed Forces have undertaken to advance gender equality in the military. He will have the opportunity to hear the testimonies of Senegalese women in uniform. November 27, 2023 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Robert Oliphant, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, will represent Canada at the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa, from November 27 and 28, 2023. The Parliamentary Secretary will address the second plenary session on the integrated approaches for a resilient and democratic Africa and reaffirm Canada’s commitment to supporting Africa-led solutions to peace and security challenges in the region. During his visit, Parliamentary Secretary Oliphant will meet with international partners and representatives of civil society in the respective regions to discuss cooperation on key global and regional security issues, including a peaceful resolution to the crisis in Sudan and the protection of democracy and the rule of law in the Sahel region, and to reaffirm Canada’s enduring support for Ukraine.