Katrina Leclerc

Program Director Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

Based in Vancouver, Canada


Current Occupation: Program Director Global Network of Women Peacebuilders
Organization/Institution: Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)
Language: English, French, Spanish


Whose voice counts? Young people in peace and security research Our Generation for Inclusive Peace Podcast Nov 28, 2023

Global College alumni blaze international trail of success University of Winnipeg News Jul 27, 2023

Katrina Leclerc (@leclerc_katrina) is  Program Director at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (@gnwp_gnwp), a coalition of +100 women’s organizations from countries experiencing humanitarian crises or conflict.

An award-winning peacebuilder, researcher, analyst and advisor, she specializes in women and youth peace and security agendas.

She chairs the Women, Peace and Security Network of Canada and is the Government Advocacy Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Youth, Peace and Security. She chaired a dialogue process to ensure strong representation of civil society perspectives in Canada’s third National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

At the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders she oversees peacebuilding programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East to elevate the voices and recognition of local grassroots women and youth.  She has led GNWP’s policy advocacy on the synergies between the United Nations women and youth peace and security agendas since 2014.

Katrina has worked as a technical expert to national and local governments developing policies on women and youth peace and security in Canada, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, and Rwanda.

She has published +30 academic and policy articles, analyses, tool kits, and book chapters. She has worked for Global Affairs Canada, UN Women, and several nonprofits advising on communications, government relations, and policy development.

Katrina also worked for several years for a Canadian senator on youth engagement; creation of the diplomatic Office of the Women Peace Security ambassador; legislation to eliminate sex-based discrimination against Indigenous women in Canadian law; Canada’s recognition of the Rohingya crisis as genocide and policy advocacy for Canadian government intervention in the case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice. She managed the secretariat for the Canadian Association of Feminist Parliamentarians.

Katrina is a Ph.D. candidate in conflict studies at Saint-Paul University in Ottawa. She holds a master’s in peace and conflict from the University of Manitoba and a bachelor’s in human rights and conflict resolution from the University of Winnipeg.