Our Programs

Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership

Strategic collaboration between women peacebuilders to prevent extremisms and militarism.

Innovative Peace Fund

Grants and technical assistance to partners to support local solutions in promoting peace and preventing extremisms.

 

Better Peace Initiative

Pragmatic guidance for the inclusion of women peacebuilders, and offers proactive steps to broaden participation.

 

Latest From ICAN

Boko Haram and Banditry: Northeast Nigeria’s Deteriorating Security Situation

Boko Haram and Banditry: Northeast Nigeria’s Deteriorating Security Situation

“We need a special intervention, we need our country back, it’s becoming lawless”, warns women’s rights and peace activist, Hamsatu Allamin, WASL member and Founder of Allamin Foundation. The situation in northeast and northwest Nigeria demands urgent international attention, not only as a matter of humanitarian urgency but also for its impact on international peace and security.

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Women Peacebuilders on the Frontlines of COVID-19

As coronavirus sweeps across the world, many of our WASL partners, alongside other women peacebuilders, have pivoted their work to respond to COVID-19 and related issues. These women peacebuilders are again on the frontlines, shifting from building peace in their communities and countries to working to prevent the spread of a pandemic. When civil society is strong and independent, CSOs can respond to a variety of crises, from war to a pandemic.

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An Open Letter to Friends of Afghanistan and Champions of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

As the Afghan Peace process inches forward with a meeting in Turkey scheduled for mid-April, an inclusive and just process remains as important as ever. The inclusion of women will inform the substance of the meeting, give legitimacy to the process, and increase the chance of peace.

This open letter calls on Friends of Afghanistan and Champions of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda to take concrete action to ensure the systematic presence of the Afghan women peacebuilders in the upcoming Turkey meeting and beyond.

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CSW Parallel Event, March 23rd: SOAR With Women Peacebuilders

WASL/ICAN’s CSW parallel event, ‘SOAR WITH WOMEN PEACEBUILDERS: Join the She Builds Peace Campaign’, will take place on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 at 9:00 ET.

After a challenging year of unexpected and compounding crises, we invite our colleagues from the international community and women’s organizations around the world to celebrate the first birthday of She Builds Peace with us.

The event will highlight the achievements to date and opportunities for progress in 2021 using a dynamic and interactive format that will include participant activities, audiovisual presentations, and micro-workshops.

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 Our Mission

ICAN promotes inclusive and sustainable peace in countries affected by violent conflict, extremism, militarism, and closing political space.  Recognizing the gendered impact of conflict and the critical role of women peacebuilders, we fulfill our mission through a dual strategy of:

  • Shaping and influencing the peace and security policies of governments, multilateral organizations, and the wider international community by providing thought leadership, strategic advice, and gender-responsive analysis and operational guidance; and
  • Sustaining and strengthening a global movement of innovative locally rooted women peacebuilders to have voice and influence wherever matters of peace, violent conflict, rights, and human security are determined.

We bring the word and spirit of  UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and the global women, peace and security agenda to life.

“I truly believe that a small group, like ICAN, of very committed women, can get the message across that there is not going to be a sustainable solution to extremism without including women”

– Senator Mobina Jaffer

“ICAN has one agenda, and it is Peace.”

– Sri Lankan woman peacebuilder

“ICAN provides a safe open space and a healthy environment for discussions that will bring about the needed change.”

– Palestinian woman peacebuilder

“Through ICAN, our work reached international platforms for the first time, including the UN.”

– Iraqi woman peacebuilder

“ICAN brings together women that have worked with extremist groups and within very violent conflicts. I share and learn new strategies from them.”

– Ugandan woman peacebuilder

The diversity I found in ICAN helps me and nurtures my experience and enables me to go forward”

– Tunisian women peacebuilder

“ICAN helps us learn new strategies through sharing experiences with other women from different countries”

– Somali woman peacebuilder

 Recognizing Women Peacebuilders: Critical Actors in Effective Peacemaking

Preventing Violent Extremism, Protecting Rights and Community Policing

"There is no trade-off between policing and human rights. Policing at its best should be the guardian and amplifier of human rights in society."

Sir Stephen House QPM

From the Ground Up – The Nexus of Economic Policy, Gender and Violent Extremism

"Human Rights provide a very powerful normative lens to evaluate how economic policy works."

Dr. Radhika Balakrishnan

Education, Identity and Rising Extremism

"The most dangerous world views are the views of those who have never viewed the world."

Noufal Abboud

Uncomfortable Truths, Unconventional Wisdoms – WASL Security Brief

"Help us talk. Don't just arm us to kill."

Woman Peacebuilder

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

“10-13 percent of foreign citizens who joined ISIL between 2013 and 2018 are women.”

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