Global Solutions Exchange Updates
A Global Solutions Exchange Workshop "Peacebuilding in the Age of Corona: What it Means and Why it Matters" As the Coronavirus pandemic sweeps across conflict affected and fragile states, women-led peacebuilding organizations have been the first responders in their...
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.
Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership Updates
A Date to Remember: The UN Security Council in Conversation with WASL, the United Nations of Women Peacebuilders
“Twenty years ago, we as women peacebuilders invited the Security Council to join us in the basement of the [UN] Church Center in New York,” said ICAN’s Founder and CEO, Sanam Naraghi Anderlini in her welcoming remarks. That conversation was a steppingstone towards attaining UNSCR 1325 on women, peace and security (WPS). “The peacebuilders that we have with us here are risking their lives every day to bring peace,” she added. “We want to have a genuine exchange, between the UN’s Security Council and our partners in WASL, who are a united nations of women peacebuilders. We each have questions and answers for each other. I hope we can challenge ourselves about what we can do differently together to ensure sustainable peace now and for the future”, said Naraghi Anderlini.
Around the world, women peacebuilders are working within their communities to de-escalate violent conflict and prevent the recurrence of conflict in post-conflict or transitional environments. However, their work is made increasingly more difficult by the framing of conflict resolution as a linear process. WASL partners suggest that conflict is actually a cycle and that most countries will experience multiple phases of the cycle, simultaneously.
In the 14th virtual WASL call, peacebuilders discussed the ‘cycle of conflict’ and how it affects their work on conflict prevention, de-escalation, and peacebuilding.
Read the full summary.
Better Peace Initiative Updates
With the intra-Afghan talks just kicking off, there is still an opportunity to rectify past oversights. The onus is on the international community to ensure that more peace builders than the few remarkable women on the government delegation are at the peace table. We owe this to the women of Afghanistan who in a recent “Letter to Allies” clearly stated: “We seek accountability in the process: accountability from Afghan leaders but also from leaders like you, who can use your influence to shape a better outcome and help ensure its implementation.” We owe this, as the parties that take little or no responsibility for protecting populations will continue to resist the participation of those who represent the real concerns and experiences of communities enduring violence.
ICAN’s Better Peace Tool is now available in Farsi.
We are excited to launch the Russian versions of the Better Peace Initiatives’ animations: Gender Responsive and Inclusive Ceasefires, and Gendered Transitional Justice!
Our latest Better Peace Initiative guidance document, 10 Steps to Ensure Gender Responsive Transitional Justice Processes is here! We are excited to simultaneously launch it in English and Arabic!
A gender-responsive transitional justice process will ensure that the perspectives women and men have on past events and abuses are accounted for, without doing further harm. Here are 10 steps to do so
This policy brief highlights key challenges impeding progress on the global PVE and SDG 16 agendas, underscoring how they are two sides of the same coin.
We are pleased to launch 10 Steps to Increase Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping and Reduce Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, drafted by the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and the Association of War Affected Women (AWAW), and endorsed by members of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)