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Trudeau appoints first ambassador to advance women, peace and security

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Canada's first ambassador for women, peace and security.

Jacqueline O'Neill, Romeo Dallaire co-founded Child Soldiers Initiative, to end use of child soldiers

Jacqueline O'Neill, who has been apointed as Canada's first ambassador for women, peace and security, is also a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute. (Wilson Center)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Canada's first ambassador for women, peace and security.

Jacqueline O'Neill, who has served on a number of related international bodies, assumes the new diplomatic post designed to advance the Liberal government's feminist foreign policy.

O'Neill will also provide advice to the government on how to protect the rights of women and girls who face violence and insecurity.

Since 2011, she has served as a federal adviser on advancing peace and security for women.

She has helped create policies on gender and security in NATO, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the United Nations.

O'Neill is also a co-founder of the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, which tries to stamp out the use of children in armed conflict.