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Reclaiming Power, Restoring Peace

Reclaiming Power, Restoring Peace

In May 2022, ICAN hosted its 9th Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) forum in partnership with Addu Women’s Association Maldives, bringing together locally rooted women peacebuilders – members of WASL – from 39 countries, with other key international actors and policymakers.

We are delighted to release our new video “Reclaiming Power, Restoring Peace”, which gives a glimpse into the words, work, and unique nature of WASL.

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Five Steps for Sustainable Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Five Steps for Sustainable Prevention of Sexual Violence in Conflict

Drawing on two decades of research and practice by women-led organizations specializing in women, peace and security issues and as first responders to sexual violence in fragile contexts, the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) presents the following practical guidance to inform governments and policymakers committed to effective prevention of sexual violence in conflict (PSVI).

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Program Officer (Farsi Speaking)

Program Officer (Farsi Speaking)

The ICAN team seek a Program Officer (Farsi speaking) for maternity leave replacement, part-time (up to 20 hrs. per week).

Working closely with the Program Directors for the Innovative Peace Fund (IPF), the Better Peace Initiative (BPI), and the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL), the part-time Program Officer will provide effective and efficient support (programmatic, administrative, and logistical as needed) to ensure smooth program delivery, particularly related to Afghanistan.

Please send your resume and cover letter to jobs@icanpeacework.org by December 5, 2022.

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An Association of Liberian Women Peacebuilders Gain Visibility and Legitimacy Resolving Community Disputes

An Association of Liberian Women Peacebuilders Gain Visibility and Legitimacy Resolving Community Disputes

ICAN’s Senior Program Officer, Stacey Schamber, and WASL member and Executive Director of WEDOL, Rosaline Cassell, spoke about the far-reaching impacts of the She Builds Peace campaign in Liberia.

WEDOL launched She Builds Peace with a parade and panel discussion in Margibi County, attracting over 300 participants, including the police and local authorities. The event garnered public recognition for Liberian women peacebuilders and opened dialogue about how they can be supported and protected. On the back of the launch, WEDOL also established a “village savings and loan association” (VSLA) for women peacebuilders. Through the association, the members have taken the lead in resolving community-level conflicts; they are working with local chiefs and gaining visibility and legitimacy for their roles.

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A Mother is a School: The Influence of Women in Preventing Violent Extremism

A Mother is a School: The Influence of Women in Preventing Violent Extremism

Ensuring women are properly equipped with knowledge to counter and prevent extremist ideology can contribute to promoting peaceful coexistence within communities now, as well as for future generations. From 11-12 October, UNDP and ICAN held a two-day workshop on gender responsive approaches to transforming extremisms in Erbil, Iraq.

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Flexible Funding and the Road to Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Flexible Funding and the Road to Reconciliation in Sri Lanka

Through ICAN’s Innovative Peace Fund (IPF), we have supported the Association of War Affected Women (AWAW) in Sri Lanka since 2013. Visaka Dharmadasa, Founder and Chair of AWAW, spoke to our IPF Program Director, France Bognon, about how flexible funding in their project yielded unexpected results.

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ICAN Partner AWAPSA: A Catalyst for Kenya’s First SGBV Court

ICAN Partner AWAPSA: A Catalyst for Kenya’s First SGBV Court

Funded by ICAN’s Innovative Peace Fund (IPF), AWAPSA launched a project across Kenya’s coastal counties to increase awareness of SGBV, educate women and girls on how to report instances of SGBV, and facilitate the reporting of cases to the police. One of the most significant and unforeseen outcomes of AWAPSA’s project was the establishment of Kenya’s first special court for handling SGBV cases, which opened in March 2022, at Shanzu Law Courts, Mombasa.

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