Category: Advocacy

Category: Advocacy

“Women don’t participate in the peace process – they don’t know how. It’s the journalists’ job to change this!”

July 6, 2020 by Heela Yoon and Agnieszka Fal-Dutra Santos

“Resolution 1325 is one of the most important international laws we have. It guarantees women’s participation in peace processes and decision-making. But in Georgia, women do not participate in the peace negotiation and important discussions, because they don’t have the information on how to get involved. In conflict areas, television is the main source of information for women, but it does not speak about peace, or about the importance of women’s participation. It’s the journalists’ role to change this!”

This is how Ms.Lela Akiashvili, the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Human Rights and Gender Equality in Georgia, addressed the participants of a four-part online training on Women and Peace and Security (WPS) for Georgian media representatives, organized by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) and Women’s Information Center (WIC), with support from the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) between May 20th and June 11th, 2020.

The government of Georgia adopted its third National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of UN Security Council’s Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on WPS in 2018, for the period 2018-2020. Thanks to the advocacy by civil society organizations – including GNWP’s partners, WIC and IDP Women’s Association “Consent” – the latest NAP includes a stronger focus on human security, participation of vulnerable groups, such as internally displaced women, and conflict prevention, including through using early warning systems. However, grassroots organizations and local populations in Georgia have very little or no knowledge about the NAP and UNSCR 1325. As a result, this transformative policy may not be effectively implemented.

Journalists play a key role in the implementation of policies. They can bring the resolutions to the local communities and provide the people with information to hold governments accountable. They also have the power to change narratives about women’s roles in peace and security, by highlighting their leadership and contributions, instead of portraying them as helpless victims. However, in practice, this role often remains unfulfilled. According to the Global Media Monitoring report, in 2015, only 24% of the people heard or read about in print, radio and television news are female, and most stories about peace (64%) reinforced gender stereotypes. GNWP’s work with media representatives in Armenia, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Georgia, Moldova, Nigeria, the Philippines and Ukraine confirms this. For example, in Ukraine, textual analysis of leading national newspapers conducted by the journalists has shown that women are portrayed as sex objects and incapable of taking decision-making positions. In Nigeria, the journalists found that only between 5 and 10 per cent of stories in major dailies featured women. Therefore, in order to effectively tap into the power of the media to advance the women and peace and security agenda, their own awareness and appreciation of this agenda must also be enhanced. This is the primary reason why GNWP developed its Media and WPS program.

In Georgia, many journalists – especially at the local level – are not aware of the WPS resolutions or women’s roles in building sustainable peace, and often view women as weak and powerless. As part of its effort to support implementation of WPS and meaningful participation of women in peace processes in Georgia, GNWP and WIC organized a series of online media trainings on “Media and Gender Equality in Conflict and Peace Process”. The aim of the training was to increase the awareness of Georgian journalists about their roles in supporting gender equality, women’s meaningful participation, the implementation of Georgia’s NAP on UNSCR 1325, and in promoting gender- and conflict-sensitive responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The training came at a critical time. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays and suspension of work for many civil society organizations. Moreover, the wide-reaching socio-economic and peace and security impacts of the pandemic make the role of the media more crucial than ever. To address the “pandemic of disinformation,” GNWP and WIC with the support of ADA have decided to hold the media training virtually.

As a result, the training took place as a series of four interactive online discussions. During the first online workshop, the participants learned and discussed the basic concepts of gender equality and reflected on the different needs of women and girls in time of conflict and crises. The journalists conducted a gender-sensitive analysis of the content of local and national newspapers to better understand how women are portrayed in the media and how these representations are different from the representation of men. During the second workshop, the participants deepened their knowledge of UNSCR 1325 and other resolutions on WPS. They also heard from Lela Akiashvil – the Prime Minister’s Advisor on Human Rights and Gender Equality in Georgia – about the national and local policies and activities implemented in the country to achieve the objectives of the resolutions. During the third workshop, the participants engaged in an interactive discussion about women’s roles in the Georgian peace process. They learned about the structure and modality of the ongoing peace negotiation and listened to experiences of women from areas bordering the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. During the fourth training, the participants analyzed the specific needs of women and girls in the context of COVID-19 pandemic and what is required for a gender-responsive and conflict-sensitive COVID-19 response.  They also examined  how Georgian women – including women peacebuilders – are responding to the COVID-19 crisis. The participants emphasized the importance of implementing the WPS agenda during the pandemic as this can contribute in addressing gender inequalities and prevention of violence.

The workshops equipped the journalists with knowledge and skills necessary to produce gender- and conflict-sensitive reports on COVID-19 and on peace and security. As a result of the intensive training course, the journalists committed to practice more gender-sensitive and conflict-sensitive reporting. As one of the participants Nina stated, “As journalists, we should focus more on the needs of women and girls during the pandemic, share stories of female doctors and healthcare workers, and highlight their achievements and challenges.” Another participant, Nuka, said “Media is not only a source of information. It shapes norms and attitudes.”

During the last training, the National Media and WPS Prize in Georgia was launched. The journalists have a month to submit articles, audio and video materials that cover peace and security or COVID-19 issues from a gender- and conflict-sensitive perspectives. Stay tuned for GNWP’s announcement of the winning journalists and their entries!

Where are the women and youth peacebuilders?

Civil society Beijing +25 WPS-YPS Action Coalition launches its Advocacy Paper, calls for meaningful inclusion of Women and Peace and Security and Youth and Peace and Security in Generation Equality Forum

March 30, 2020 by Jenaina Irani and Katrina Leclerc

With the outbreak of the global pandemic of COVID-19, civil society-led Beijing+25 WPS-YPS Action Coalition strategized and mobilized. The pandemic did not stop their global advocacy: on March 17, 2020, they hosted an online event “Beijing+25: Where are the Women and Youth Peacebuilders?”, originally planned during the now-cancelled United Nations’ 64th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.

As the situation continued to evolve – the CSW first postponed, then cancelled; gatherings in New York limited to maximum 10 people, then strongly discouraged altogether – women and youth peacebuilders who comprise the Action Coalition strategized and revised the modality of the event. Their determination and the success of the online discussion send a clear message: “Our resolve will not be stifled by the COVID-19. Our voices will not be silenced!”

Ultimately, the event took the form of a virtual roundtable discussion, which brought together 180 participants representing the civil society, Member States, and UN entities. They engaged in a strategic discussion on the necessary actions for the implementation of the WPS and YPS agendas and their intentional and meaningful inclusion in the Generation Equality Forum (GEF) process and outcomes, in order to prevent the weakening of agreed-upon language in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security resolutions.

“There cannot be empowerment without peace, and there cannot be peace without gender equality,” said Mallika Iyer, GNWP’s Program Officer, as she introduced the Advocacy Paper developed by the Beijing +25 WPS-YPS Action Coalition identifying and coordinating messaging on key recommendations from civil society within the Beijing+25/GEF process. The key messages and recommendations of the paper were presented by participating organizations of the civil society-led Action Coalition from Afghanistan, Latin America, Iraq, the Great Lakes Region of Africa, Ukraine, and Canada. Their message was echoed by many of the other high-level speakers and grassroots activists who took the floor during the discussion.

Keynote speakers included Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and initiator of UNSCR 1325, Dr. Patricia Licuanan, former Chair of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Ms. Bandana Rana, Vice-Chair of the CEDAW Committee, Ms. Paivi Kannisto, Chief, Women, Peace, and Security and Humanitarian Action Section at  UN Women, Ambassador Jacqueline O’Neill, Canada’s Ambassador for Women, Peace, and Security, Ms. Cecile Mazzacurati, Head of the Secretariat of the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace, and Security at UNFPA and Ms. Shannon Kowalski, from the International Women’s Health Coalition and the civil society representative to the GEF Core Group and Dr. Lina Abirafeh, Executive Director of the Arab Institute for Women at the Lebanese American University. All of them have agreed that the GEF offers an important opportunity to step up the commitment and action for gender equality. As Ambassador Chowdhury put it, “The year 2020 gives us the opportunity to put renewed energy to roll back the dual scourges of patriarchy and misogyny” – but only if WPS and YPS are meaningfully integrated into all discussions and outcomes.

In an encouraging development for women and youth peacebuilders around the world, keynote speaker Ms. Sarah Hendricks, Director, Policy, Program, and Intergovernmental Division at UN Women announced that GEF’s core group set up a task force to identify specific actions that can strengthen WPS and YPS integration into the GEF process. The task force identified four possible modalities for WPS and YPS integration and conducted consultations with the civil society, from which two options emerged as the most viable:

1)        a stand-alone Action Coalition, or

2)        a “hybrid” mechanism, which, for now, has been termed a WPS compact

Ms. Hendricks explained that the compact approach has some strong level of support, as it would build on existing normative frameworks of both the WPS and YPS agendas, while remaining grounded in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Discussions on the potential compact will continue to be shaped based on consultations with civil society, Member States, and the core group of the GEF process.

The welcome announcement came as a result of persistent civil society advocacy over the past months. The strong and enthusiastic participation of peacebuilding organizations from around the world in the virtual discussion shows that women and youth peacebuilders are ready to continue the advocacy for their meaningful inclusion in GEF progress and outcomes. As Ms. Mavic Cabrera Balleza, CEO and founder of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders emphasized in her closing remarks, “COVID-19 will not stop women and youth peacebuilders from our advocacy to make our voices heard!”

Want to know more about the Beijing+25 Action Coalition on WPS-YPS? Click here.

For full recording of the March 17th event: Click here.

GNWP’s Cora Weiss Fellow: Civil society briefer at UN CSW64

Remarks by Heela Yoon, Cora Weiss Peacebuilding Fellow at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders; and Founder and Director of the Afghan Women Welfare and Development Association

Delivered during the procedural meeting of the 64th Commission on the Status of Women, 9 March 2020.

Your Excellencies, representatives of the UN, Member States, and fellow civil society actors, good morning!

Women, including young women, are critical actors, who build and sustain peace, advance sustainable development, and promote and protect human rights in their countries and communities. Over the past 50 years, significant achievements have been made to advance their rights and gender equality. The Commission on the Status of Women was created in 1961; the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action was adopted in 1995; the landmark United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security was adopted in 2000; and finally, UNSCRs 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security, was adopted in 2015. However, despite some progress in the implementation of these international frameworks, women, young women and girls still face many challenges and threats; and our contributions to human rights, peace and development is often unrecognized and unsupported.

I stand here before you today, particularly grateful that I have been given the unique opportunity and enormous responsibility to represent young Afghan women who are advocating for gender equality, human rights, and sustainable peace in grassroots communities on a daily basis. As the world watches Afghanistan’s peace process unfold, it is important to remember that to end and prevent armed conflict and war, we must address its gendered impact. Afghan women, young women, and girls must meaningfully participate in peace processes and political decision-making at all levels in order to ensure sustainable and inclusive peace and development.

Shouldering large domestic burdens, denied access to education and economic opportunities, and experiencing discrimination based on assumptions about their capabilities and credibility, Afghan women, young women, and girls—like their counterparts around the world–face significant barriers to meaningful participation in political decision making, peace processes, and the national economy. For example, 87% of women are illiterate, only 2% of women have access to higher education. This reflects a global reality, wherein 76 million young women lack basic literacy skills.

In Afghanistan, like in many places around the world, most women face significant challenges in exercising their economic rights and participating in the labor force. Without financial independence and literacy skills, they are inhibited from participating in household and community decision-making. Moreover, close to 90% of Afghan women and girls suffer from at least one form of abuse, including physical or psychological violence; and 70-80% are subjected to early, forced, and child marriage, many before the age of 16.

According to the Progress Study on Youth Peace and Security, young women in conflict affected communities are stereotyped as victims, while young men are stereotyped as perpetrators of violence–rather than partners for peace. In an already limited space for women’s meaningful participation in political decision-making and peace processes, young women remain overlooked, marginalized, and excluded. However, young women are dispelling restrictive narratives of women as victims of conflict without agency and are advocating for gender equality and inclusive and sustainable peacebuilding measures.  In the absence of formal mechanisms and accessible opportunities to meaningfully participate socially, politically, and economically, young women have forged their own avenues to lead peacebuilding efforts and movements for progressive social transformation.

As the Founder of Afghan Women Welfare and Development Association and as a Cora Weiss Peacebuilding Fellow at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, I work with young women and men  to challenge gender stereotypes in conflict affected rural communities. Through creative writing, art, and music, we discuss women’s rights, feminism, human rights, and sustainable development and peace. We are taking ownership of our bodies, examining religion, asserting our rights in the family and broader society. 

Today, most Afghan women, men, and youth fear that peace with the Taliban may mean war on us if we are marginalized from the peace process. The Afghan Peace Process is a decisive turning point in our country’s history. I urge all parties involved at the local, national, and international levels to remain committed to international human rights and women’s rights instruments, including the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, the WPS Agenda, and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Afghan women have buried their sons, daughters, husbands, sisters and brothers. We want peace more than anything, and we know peace can only be achieved by recognizing our freedom and rights.

We want meaningful participation in the peace process and we want our voices to be heard and make a positive difference. Without women, this peace will be a broken peace! We are hopeful for an Afghanistan in which women, young women, and girls will be able to participate meaningfully in political decision-making at all levels; and realize their full potential. 

I’m inspired and bolstered by the activism of young women from across the world whose leadership in peacebuilding has brought new approaches to advocacy. Young women have led peaceful demonstrations and protests for good governance in India, Chile, and Algeria; sparked global action for climate change; and steered community service, humanitarian response, civic engagement, and social media revolutions. Young women leaders continue to demand and push for equality in a way that can revive the energy of all those around them. They have the power to mobilize.

Considering that youth make up the majority population in conflict-affected countries, their meaningful participation in peace processes and political decision making is both a demographic necessity and a democratic imperative for accountability of political institutions under international law. 2020 is a pivotal year for gender equality. The 25th anniversary of the Beijing Conference (Beijing+25)/Generation Equality Forum, the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, and the 5th anniversary of UNSCR 2250, are catalytic moments to advance the gender equality agenda and improve the implementation of the WPS and YPS resolutions. These coinciding anniversaries present a global momentum for governments, UN entities, students, teachers, civil society, feminists, women’s rights activists, and young people to mobilize for our collective vision for gender equality, sustainable and inclusive peace. I call on the UN and Member States to ensure that the voices of women and youth peacebuilders are central to these global processes.

No women, no peace: Women peacebuilders and humanitarian actors set priorities and demand to be heard

No women, no peace

Women peacebuilders and humanitarian actors set priorities and demand to be heard

March 10, 2020

“Women work to prevent conflict in our communities on a daily basis – yet, we remain invisible!” – emphasized one of the participants of the Global Women’s Forum for Peace and Humanitarian Action. Nearly 20 years after the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women and Peace and Security (WPS), women’s contributions to conflict prevention, peacebuilding and response to humanitarian crisis remain unrecognized and unsupported, their work and lives increasingly come under attack, and armed conflict continues to be a major obstacle to the fulfillment of women’s rights and gender equality.

The Global Women’s Forum for Peace and Humanitarian Action provided a space for over 60 women peacebuilders, humanitarian responders, and civil society representatives from diverse backgrounds and 17 countries from across the globe to exchange their experiences, jointly strategize on the concrete actions needed to effectively implement WPS agenda, and demand the recognition and support for their work and priorities. The Forum was organized by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) and Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) in Vienna, Austria, on February 19 – 20, 2020. It provided a critical opportunity to amplify voices of local women at a critical juncture – ahead of the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325, the 5th anniversary UNSCR 2250 on Youth and Peace and Security, and the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

The local women peacebuilders at the Forum identified lack of funding; increasing attacks on women peacebuilders and shrinking space for civil society; lack of access to economic opportunities; and exclusion from peace processes and decision-making at all levels as some of the barriers to effective implementation of the WPS resolutions. Through two days of intense discussions, interactive presentations and hands-on work, they developed a set of concrete recommendations to address these gaps, which were captured in the Vienna 2020 Declaration, the Forum’s outcome document. The women peacebuilders and first responders were joined at the Forum by representatives of Member States, UN Women, the media and private sector, who came to listen to the women’s voices and make concrete commitments to the implementation of the WPS agenda.

The WPS agenda is an essential component of global affairs, and a key instrument to achieving transformative change across the three pillars of the United Nations – peace and security, human rights, and development. However, its effective implementation cannot be a reality without strong and meaningful participation of women. As GNWP CEO Mavic Cabrera-Balleza stressed in her speech at the Forum, “It is local women who breathe life into the WPS resolutions, who translate them into necessary and practical actions on the ground, and use them as instruments to demand their participation in leadership and decision-making, conflict-prevention and peacebuilding.”

With the necessary technical support, funding, and enabling conditions, local women and grassroots civil society are breaking down patriarchal barriers, holding authorities accountable, and improving the functions of the state and traditional institutions. The Vienna 2020 Declaration is a powerful call from loca women peacebuilders and humanitarian actors for greater recognition and support to their critical work in preventing conflict,  building and sustaining inclusive peace.

Beijing+25: An Uphill Battle for the Women and Peace and Security and Youth and Peace and Security Agendas

January 27, 2020

Beijing+25: An Uphill Battle for the Women and Peace and Security and Youth and Peace and Security Agendas 

Open Letter to the Representatives of the Core Group of the Generation Equality Global Forum: Permanent Mission of France; Permanent Mission of Mexico; UN Women Civil Society Division; and Civil Society Core Group Representatives

CC: The UN Secretary-General; UN Women Executive Director; UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict; Security Council Informal Expert Group on Women and Peace and Security; Women and Peace and Security Focal Points Network; UN Inter Agency Standing Committee on Women and Peace and Security; UN Women Peace and Security Section; United Nations Population Fund; UN Development Program; the UN Secretary General Envoy on Youth; the Group of Friends on Women and Peace and Security; and the Global Coalition on Youth, Peace, and Security

Dear Core Group Members of the Generation Equality Global Forum,

We are grassroots women and youth peacebuilders, national, regional and global women’s rights and feminist organizations, and civil society networks from around the world who are working towards the full and effective implementation of the Women and Peace and Security, and Youth and Peace and Security agendas. Together we formed ourselves as the Beijing+25 Women and Peace and Security – Youth and Peace and Security (Beijing+25 WPS-YPS) Action Coalition to ensure the integration of the WPS and YPS agendas in the Beijing +25 Generation Equality Global Forum processes and outcome documents.  

Moreover, the Beijing+25 WPS-YPS Action Coalition is committed to increasing the awareness of civil society organizations, in particular grassroots organizations working in conflict-affected countries and territories, about the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the various processes related to its 25th anniversary. This is critical to ensuring that civil society’s key messages are reflected in all discussions on Beijing +25, including the Generation Equality Global Forum and their outcome documents. The Beijing+25 WPS-YPS Action Coalition supports strong participation and co-leadership of women and young women from local communities affected by conflicts in the Beijing+25 processes.

2020 is a pivotal year for gender equality. The 25th anniversary of the Beijing Conference, the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, and the 5th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250, are catalytic moments to move both the Women and Peace and Security and Youth and Peace and Security agendas forward.  Therefore, we express deep concern over the lack of representation of grassroots women and youth peacebuilders and the marginalization of the WPS and YPS agendas in the Beijing+25 regional and global processes. We are alarmed about the lack of broad consultation with civil society in the development of the official Action Coalitions and cross-cutting levers of the Generation Equality Global Forum.  We are seriously concerned that there is no official Action Coalition dedicated to peace and security even though evidence-based data shows armed conflict is inextricably linked to gender inequality.[1] The Secretary-General has identified the lack of peace and security as one of greatest threats to 21st century progress, and one of four priority focus areas for 2020.[2]  

We, the undersigned organizations, offer our expertise, resources, and broad outreach in order for a WPS and YPS Action Coalition to be officially recognized. We present the following arguments on why there should be an official WPS and YPS Action Coalition:

1.     Many grassroots women’s rights and youth organizations have found it impossible to participate in Beijing+25 processes due to lack of information, awareness, funding, capacity, access to internet, and language restrictions. For example, despite awareness of the limited number of women peacebuilders at the High-level Meeting on Progress in the Implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action in West Asia and despite expressed interest from women peacebuilders to participate, the organizers of the High-level meeting were unable to provide support in order for the women to contribute to this important discussion.

2.     The marginalization and limited participation of women and youth peacebuilders has resulted in weak language on the WPS and YPS agendas in regional outcome documents. For example, the Arab Declaration on Progress in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action fails to highlight the importance of the meaningful participation of women and girls in all aspects of conflict prevention, relief and recovery, and peacebuilding. Similarly, the reports from the regional intergovernmental consultations in Africa[3] and Asia and the Pacific[4] lack specific recommendations on the effective implementation of the YPS agenda, particularly the involvement of young women and LGBTQIA+ youth in peace processes and political decision-making.

3.     The official Action Coalitions and cross-cutting levers identified by UN Women—the key outcomes of the Generation Equality Global Forum—do not include a specific constituency working on WPS and YPS. The criteria for the official Action Coalitions developed by UN Women includes an assessment of the nature of the need to address the theme (whether the theme has proven deeply entrenched and persistent over the last 25 years) and the universality of the scope of the theme on women and girls around the world. It is undeniable that the issues at the intersection of the WPS and YPS agendas are urgent, persistent, prevalent and universal.

Twenty-five years after the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, armed conflict continues to be a major obstacle to the fulfilment of women’s rights and gender equality. In 2016, more countries experienced violent conflict than at any time in nearly 30 years. The risk of nuclear conflict is growing as key treaties on nuclear disarmament are increasingly under threat, and nuclear competition among countries is intensifying.[5] It has been established that the gendered impact of conflict increases the levels of sexual and gender-based violence, marginalization, and discrimination in varied forms experienced by girls, young women, LGBTQIA+ persons, and women. In addition, research shows that a state’s level of gender equality can serve as a predictor of armed conflict, whether measuring conflict between states or within states.[6] Therefore, conflict prevention, sustainable peace, gender equality, and women’s empowerment are inextricably linked. Moreover, Women and Armed Conflict is enshrined as one of the critical areas of concern in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action[7].

The announcement of the official list of Action Coalitions states that “the context of conflict could be incorporated within the theme on Gender-Based Violence.”[8] We believe that discussing peace and security only through the framework of gender-based violence will not reflect the depth and breadth of issues covered by the WPS and YPS agendas, including women and youth’s meaningful participation in peace processes and political decision-making; conflict prevention and disarmament; and prevention of violent extremism. In addition, with a limited number of two to three specific actions per official Action Coalition that will be resourced, committed to, implemented, and monitored, it is likely that WPS and YPS priorities and challenges will be overlooked. The Generation Equality Global Forum cannot lead into the full realization of the gender equality agenda if peace and security issues are not accurately reflected; and women and youth peacebuilders are not able to meaningfully participate and influence how the Beijing+25 processes and outcomes are shaped.

We call on you as the Core Group Members of the Generation Equality Global Forum to designate Women and Peace and Security and Youth and Peace and Security as one of the official Action Coalitions. We stand ready to work with all stakeholders to create channels for the effective participation of women and youth peacebuilders in Beijing+25 processes.

We also call on Member States, UN officials, UN entities, institutions, and organizations copied in this open letter, fellow civil society actors, and everyone who supports the full and effective implementation of the Women and Peace and Security and Youth and Peace and Security agendas to join us in this call.

We cannot allow the Women and Peace and Security and Youth and Peace and Security agendas to be marginalized. We cannot allow women and youth peacebuilders and gender equality activists in conflict-affected communities to be invisible.


The Beijing+25 Women and Peace and Security – Youth and Peace, and Security Action Coalition

1.Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD)Jordan
2.Alamal AssociationIraq
4.Asia-Pacific Human Rights Information CenterLatin America and the Caribbean
5.Asia-Pacific Women’s Alliance for Peace and SecurityAsia and the Pacific
6.Asian Youth Peace NetworkBangladesh
8.Afghan Women Welfare and Development Association (AWWDA)Afghanistan
9.1325 Action GroupNepal
10.Asian-Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW)Asia and the Pacific
11.Azerbaijan National Committee of Helsinki Citizens’ AssemblyAzerbaijan
12.BWPD (Burundian Women for Peace and Development)Netherlands
13.Benimpuhwe OrganisationRwanda
14.Balay MindanawPhilippines
16.Better World NGOIraq
17.Business for Peace Community Development FoundationUnited States
18.Canadian Council of Young Feminists (CCYF)Canada
19.Centre de Développement CommunautaireDemocratic Republic of Congo
20.Collectif des Associations et ONG Féminines du Burundi (CAFOB)Burundi
21.Centre Bamamu TabulukayiDemocratic Republic of Congo
22.Canadian Voice of Women for PeaceCanada
24.Center for Civil Society and Democracy CCSDSyria
25.CEIPAZ-Fundación Cultura de PazSpain
26.Coalition for Action 1325 (CoAct 1325)Uganda
27.Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica (CIASE)Colombia
28.Center for Peace Education (Miriam College)Philippines
29.Cadre Permanent de Concertation de la Femme Congolaise CAFCODemocratic Republic of Congo
30.Democracy TodayArmenia
31.Democracy Development CenterUkraine
32.Eve Organization on Women DevelopmentSouth Sudan and Uganda
33.Escola de Cultura de Pau, Universitat Autonoma de BarcelonaSpain
34.Femmes Juristes pour les droits de la femme et de l’enfantDemocratic Republic of Congo
35.Foreign Policy Association (APE)Moldova
36.Fontaine ISOKOBurundi
37.Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) – UKUK
38.Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)Global
39.Green Hope FoundationCanada
40.Gender CentruMoldova
41.Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict GPPACGlobal
42.Global Shapers AlexandiraEgypt
43.Institute for International Women’s Rights-ManitobaCanada
44.IDP Women’s Association ConsentGeorgia
45.I am She NetworkSyria
46.International Center for Religion and DiplomacyGlobal
47.Inclusive SocietyFrance
48.Iraqi Women’s NetworkIraq
49.Jago Nari Unnayon SangsthaBangladesh
50.Luwero Women Development AssociationUganda
51.Middle East and North Africa Partnership for Preventing Armed Conflict (MENAPPAC)MENA region
52.Messengers of Peace LiberiaLiberia
53.National Organization of WomenSierra Leone
55.Nile basin discourse forum (NBDF)Rwanda
56.NGO Working Group on Women and Youth in the Great Lakes RegionGreat Lakes Region
57.National Network for Beijing ReviewNepal
58.National Organization for Women (NOW)Sri Lanka
59.Nobel Women’s InitiativeGlobal
60.Our Generation for Inclusive PeaceGlobal
61.Operation 1325 (Sweden)Sweden
62.Permanent Peace Movement (PPM)Lebanon
63.Rwanda Climate Change and Development Network (RCCDN)Rwanda
64.Rural Women Peace LinkKenya
65.Red Nacional de MujeresColombia
66.Rwanda Women NetworkRwanda
68.Synergie des Associations Feminines du Congo (Synergy of Congolese Women’s Associations/ SAFECO)Democratic Republic of Congo
69.Synergie des Femmes pour les Victimes des Violences (SFVS)Democratic Republic of Congo
70.Teso Women Peace ActivistsUganda
71.Together We Build ItLibya
72.Think PeaceMali
73.Total Women’s Development and Unity Centre (RUWDUC)  Nepal
74.United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY)Global
75.Unity for the FutureUkraine
76.UN Major Group on Youth and ChildrenBangladesh
77.West African Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP)- NigeriaNigeria
78.Women International League for FreedomGermany
79.Women, Peace, and Security Network – CanadaCanada
80.WO=MEN Dutch Gender PlatformThe Netherlands
81.“Women in Public Service” CenterAlbania
82.Women’s Information CenterGeorgia
83.Women Problem Research Union WPRUAzerbaijan
84.Women’s Association for Rational Development  (WARD)Azerbaijan
85.Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL)Liberia
86.Women for A ChangeCameroon
87.Women’s Empowerment OrganizationIraq
88.Women International League for FreedomDRC
89.Wi’am CenterPalestine
90.Women’s International Peace CenterUganda
91.Women’s Resource CenterArmenia
92.Women, Peace and Security Network – CanadaCanada
93.Young peacemakers in AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
94.Young Women for Peace and LeadershipBangladesh
95.Young Women for Peace and LeadershipDemocratic Republic of Congo
96.Young Women for Peace and LeadershipIndonesia
97.Young Women for Peace and LeadershipPhilippines
98.Young Women for Peace and LeadershipSouth Sudan
99.Youth for Change and Development OrganizationAfghanistan
100.Zhiva YaUkraine

Additional Endorsements (as of February 26, 2020)

1.Afghan Women News Agency OrganizationAfghanistan
2.Alianza por la SolidaridadSpain
       3.Asia-Pacific Women’s WatchAsia-Pacific
4.Association Adéquations  France  
5.Association Dea Dia – SerbiaSerbia
6.Association for Behaviour and Knowledge Transformation (ABKT)Pakistan
7.Asia – Pacific Women’s Alliance for Peace and Security (APWAPS)Asia and the Pacific
8.Association of War Affected Women (AWAW)Sri Lanka
9.Edith Ballantyne, former Secretary-General and President of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom – InternationalCzech Republic/Canada/Switzerland
10.Buddhist Tzu Chi FoundationUSA
11.Cora Weiss, International Peace Bureau (IBP) UN RepresentativeUSA
12.Centro de Estudios e Investigacion sobre Mujeres (CEIM)Spain
13.Collectif des Femmes Rurales pour le Développement (COFERD)Democratic Republic of Congo
14.Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Former Under- Secretary-General and High Representative of the UN, Initiator of the conceptual breakthrough for UNSCR 1325 as the Security Council President in March 2000, Founder of the Global Movement for The Culture of Peace (GMCoP)Bangladesh
15.Equality for Peace and DemocracyAfghanistan
16.Federation of Medical Women of CanadaCanada
17.Feminine Solidarity for JusticeAfghanistan
18.Feminist LeagueKazakhstan
19.Forum of Women’s NGOs of KyrgyzstanKyrgyzstan
20.Global Campaign for Peace EducationGlobal
21.Human Rights Institute of South Africa (HURISA)South Africa
22.Indai Sajor, Senior UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee Gender Humanitarian Advisor (GenCap)Philippines
23.International Alliance of Women  Global
24.International Institute on Peace EducationGlobal
25.Jago NariBangladesh
26.Janet Gerson, Education Director, IIPEUSA
27.Legal Aid and Awareness ServicesPakistan
28.Livia FoundationDenmark
29.Millennia2025 Women and Innovation Foundation  Global
30.Network on Peace and Security for Women (NOPSWECO)Ghana
31.Nonviolent PeaceforceGlobal
32.National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO)UK
33.Betty Reardon,
Founding Director Emeritus, International Institute on Peace Education and the Global
Camping for Peace Education
34.Oxfam InternationalGlobal
35.Peace DirectUSA
36.Platforme des Femmes Leaders du MaliMali
37.PAX (Netherlands/Global)Global
38.Regional Associates for Community Initiatives (RACI)Uganda
39.Reseau MusonetMali
40.Dale T. Snauwaert, Ph.D.
Professor of Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education and Peace Studies
41.Simorgh Women’s Resource and Publication Centre andPakistan
42.Socorro Reyes
Regional Gender and Governance Adviser Center for Legislative Development
43.Solidarité féminine pour la paix et le développement intégral (SOFEPADI)Democratic Republic of Congo
44.Roshmi Goswami – Asia Pacific Women’s Alliance on Peace and SecurityIndia
45.Suma Veritas FoundationArgentina
46.The Prajnya Trust, ChennaiIndia
47.Women and Children Legal Research FoundationAfghanistan
48.Women’s International League for Peace and FreedomGlobal
49.Women’s International League for Peace and FreedomAustralia
50.Women’s International League for Peace and FreedomGermany
51.Women and Media CollectiveSri Lanka
52.Women’s Refugee CommissionGlobal
53.Women’s Regional Network for PeacebuildingSouth Asia
54.Women’s Regional NetworkEast Asia
55.Vision GRAM-InternationalGlobal

Please contact Mavic Cabrera-Balleza and Mallika Iyer for further information. 

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