GNWP’s Localization Program is a strategy that guarantees effective implementation of UNSCR 1325 and its supporting resolutions. It is a bottom-up approach to policy-making that aligns local, national, regional and international policies and community-driven strategies to ensure local ownership, participation and links among communities, civil society organizations and government.
The Localization Program allows for direct engagement of local authorities including governors, mayors, councillors, community leaders, paramount chiefs, indigenous leaders, religious leaders, local police and military officers who join forces with the national government. The formulation of local policies and legislation by local actors allows for ownership, integration of women, peace and security commitments into local development plans and budgets and more sustainable means of implementation.
The implementation of UNSCR 1325 and the supporting resolutions has been slow and unpredictable despite its esteem and its transformative elements. GNWP’s Localization Program implements from a ground-up rather than a top-down approach by enhancing the capacities of local actors in policy- making and governance.
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