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.
The Prevention Project, together with the International Civil Society Action Network and some 60 other civil society actors and organizations from around the globe with expertise on and experience in preventing violent extremism, sent a letter to the UN Under-Secretary-General for Counter-Terrorism, Mr. Vladimir Voronkov.
Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership Updates
How can people stay home when they are dependent on daily wages to feed their families? How can they wash hands if there is no soap or water? From Cameroon to Yemen, women are making soap, and tackling the lack of water. As first responders, women peacebuilders are trying to fill the vacuums and urgent basic needs in terms food, sanitization and security such as mediating ceasefires and calling for prisoners’ release.
On April 23, 2020. Assistant Secretary General Asako Okai, UNDP’s Crisis Bureau Director, and her colleagues joined the ICAN-hosted call with some 45 women peacebuilders across Asia, Africa, the Arab World and Latin America to discuss health care, livelihood and crisis management in the time of Corona.
Read the full summary of the meeting
The discussion in the third WASL virtual meeting addressed the question: how is the pandemic exacerbating or alleviating xenophobia, ethno-nationalism, religious or other extremisms and are there gendered dimensions to this?
Around the world, women peacebuilders report an uptick in hate speech, xenophobia, and extremist messaging. In The Maldives, for example, extremists are recruiting by brainwashing people into believing the pandemic is the wrath of God for not following religious instruction. In Sri Lanka, Islamic burial rites are being denied despite complying with WHO guidelines and Muslims are being portrayed in mainstream media as spreading the disease. Elsewhere it is the government’s poor or biased response that is feeding into extremist narratives. In Cameroon, for example, responses threaten to exacerbate the conflict because only prisoners from certain regions were given clemency to alleviate the crowding in prisons.
Better Peace Initiative Updates
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!
The fifth animation in our Better Peace Initiative (BPI) series explores why gender responsiveness and inclusivity matter in ceasefire agreements and processes, and how to ensure this in practice. Now available in Arabic, French and Spanish.
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)