Global Solutions Exchange

A mechanism for regular high-level civil society-government dialogue on issues related to preventing extremism.

Innovative Peace Fund

Providing grants to support innovative local solutions that promote plurality, peace and countering extremism

The Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership

Locally rooted and globally connected women-led organizations making a differnce

The Better Peace Initiative

Helping to make the word and spirit of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 agenda a reality.

Our Programs

ICAN’s Annual Women, Peace and Security Forum

Bringing together women peacebuilders and human rights defenders from across the globe to share their experiences and knowledge, to work together to promote peace, resilience, equal rights and pluralism.

Programs Updates

Global Solutions Exchange Updates

Global Solutions Exchange (GSX) workshop convened by ICAN and UNDP to address the disengagement, rehabilitation and reintegration of women and girls associated with violent extremism

This week more than 40 peacebuilders, researchers, and policymakers—including members of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)—will convene in Oslo, Norway to discuss the gendered aspects of disengagement, rehabilitation and reintegration, with a focus on programs for women and girls associated with violent extremist groups and the policies that affect them.

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Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership Updates

How the Counterterrorism Agenda Has Failed Women Peacebuilders – and Where Do We Go from Here?

The crisis in Afghanistan has forced many of us to reckon with the failures of the C/PVE agenda, as well as with the lack of will of the international community to protect the human rights of the women peacebuilders who have been asked to support it.

What is the meaning of counterterrorism when the world has collectively abandoned a country and its people to be governed by a terrorist organization? How can states speak of gender-sensitive P/CVE or of the importance of women, peace, and security, when they have left Afghan women to their fate? To engage in a conversation on these questions and more, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, joined the weekly WASL call on September 23, 2021. Click to read a summary of the call.

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Cameroon’s First Women’s National Peace Convention: “We Build Peace, Piece by Piece”

In a historic moment on 29th July 2021, the date of Africa Women’s Day, Cameroon’s first ever Women’s National Convention for Peace got underway in the country’s capital, Yaoundé. For three days over 1000 women from all corners of the country came together at the Palais des Congrès, Yaoundé to raise their voices in unison, demanding an end to violence and calling for peace.

“We have come together as mothers and grandmothers, wives and companions, sisters and daughters – together, we build an alliance of good will that is stronger, louder and in greater numbers than those people who profit from war and conflicts.” – Women’s Call for Peace

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Better Peace Initiative Updates

Better Peace Animations now available in Ukrainian

Better Peace Animations now available in Ukrainian

During the pandemic we have been busy translating our materials and tools into new languages. In 2020 we launched a number of animations in Russian and Swahili, and we are excited to at this time share three of our existing animations in Ukrainian: Gendered Devolution: Why it matters, how to do it, Gender Responsive and Inclusive Ceasefires: Why it matters, how to do and Gendered Transitional Justice: Why it matters, how to do it.

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ICAN launches Better Peace Animations in Kiswahili

ICAN launches Better Peace Animations in Kiswahili

In time for the 20th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, we are delighted to launch two of our Better Peace Initiative (BPI) animations in Kiswahili. These are the first animations to be translated into Kiswahili and we hope they will be valuable for a variety of stakeholders engaged in mediation at various levels and committed to inclusive and gender responsive peace and security processes.   

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Recent Briefs

Invisible Women: Gendered Dimensions of Return, Rehabilitation and Reintegration from Violent Extremism

This report contributes a gendered analysis of approaches to the disengagement, rehabilitation and reintegration of women and girls associated with violent extremism. It highlights the gaps in current policies and practice, as well as the solutions that are emerging in part from the experiences and innovations of women-led civil society initiatives. The report concludes with practical recommendations for policymakers and programming guidance for practitioners.

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