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.

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

Preventing extremism by promoting rights, peace and pluralism. Enabling strategic collaboration between women peacebuilders.

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

Provides grants and technical assistance to partners to support local solutions in promoting peace and countering extremism.

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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Civil Society Engagement with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism

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.

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Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership Updates

Ground Realities: Women, Peacebuilding & the Pandemic

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

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How is the Pandemic Exacerbating Extremisms?

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.

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Better Peace Initiative Updates

Recent Briefs

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