August 22, 2019 by Anne Campbell
Edited by Beatriz Ciordia
On May 11th, 2019, GNWP’s Communications and Program Coordinator, Katrina Leclerc, was awarded the Anne Goodman Award for Peace Education by the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace (VOW). This annual award is given to a woman dedicated to advancing peace education and gender equality at home and abroad.
Katrina is a force to be reckoned with. She has dedicated her life to supporting the advocacy efforts of young women leaders through GNWP’s Young Women for Peace and Leadership (YWPL) programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan. In addition to her position at GNWP, Katrina is the full-time Parliamentary Affairs Advisor to Senator Marilou McPhedran – the youngest person to hold this position in the Parliament of Canada. As a young leader, she uses her position in Ottawa and at GNWP to inspire women around her, as well as to mentor many young girls around the world. Recently, she co-founded the Canadian Council of Young Feminists to further this mentorship and facilitation of young people at the decision-making table. Her current work in the DRC, through GNWP, focuses on broadening the independence of young Congolese women through economic empowerment and livelihood projects.
Recognized as Canada’s oldest national feminist peace group, VOW plays a major role in building cultures of peace and advocating for women’s rights locally, nationally and internationally.