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Category: GNWP Blog

GNWP Talks: Celebrating Youth Day 2019!

GNWP Talks: Celebrating Youth Day 2019!

GNWP wishes you a Happy International Youth Day!
In this celebratory podcast episode of GNWP Talks, Shivi Thakur and Eliza Beckerman-Lee, two Global Network of Women Peacebuilders interns, sit down with Sophia Garcia, Bianca Pabotoy, and Lynrose Jane D. Genon, three long-time members of GNWP’s Young Women for Peace and Leadership program to talk about the role of youth — especially young women — in the peacebuilding process.
Sophia, Bianca, and Lynrose, all based in the Philippines, recently spoke on a series of panels at the High-Level Political Forum at the UN about their work engaging young women in issues of peace and security. In the spirit of International Youth Day we continued this discussion and listened to what else these young women had to say about the importance of increasing the presence of young people on the global stage!


Featuring GNWP’s Young Women for Peace and Leadership: High-Level Political Involvement

August 12, 2019, by Anne Campbell
Edited by Beatriz Ciordia and Mallika Iyer
In order to effectively create long-term and sustainable peace, it is crucial to meaningfully include young women in the political decision-making process. Young women face unique barriers to political participation and economic empowerment due to their double-marginalization, as women and as youth. The Young Women for Peace and Leadership (YWPL) members have advocated for women’s rights and sustainable peace at global, regional, national, and local levels. From Rome to Jakarta, YWPL members are advancing the Women, Peace and Security, and Youth, Peace and Security agendas at a tremendous pace. 
Meet Sophia Dianne Garcia:
Sophia is a YWPL Coordinator in the Philippines. She participated in the PyeongChang Global Peace Forum held in PyeongChang, South Korea, from February 9 to11, 2019; and in the High-Level Commitments Event in Preparation for the 20th Anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which was held at the United Nations Headquarters on April 23rd, 2019.
“It is about what you will be doing when you step down the podium, when you go out of that conference room and when you go back to your communities. I bring with me the voices, narratives and experiences of all women, men, boys and girls who have the same vision of a world where there is peace, justice, respect for human rights and equality.” – Sophia Dianne Garcia, YWPL-Philippines
Meet Aisyah Maullidah:
Aisyah is a YWPL member in Indonesia. In April 2019, she participated in national level advocacy meetings on countering violent extremism in Jakarta with key representatives of the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, the National Agency for Combating Terrorism, UN Development Program, and UN Women.
“Our conversations led to a productive two-way discussion about monitoring during the post-reform conflict in 1998. By establishing direct communication with young women regarding building peace, preventing conflict, and protecting women’s rights, we will create more sustainable peace.” – Aisyah Maullidah, YWPL-Indonesia
Meet Noella Muhamirizia:
Noella is a YWPL member in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In March 2019, she participated in various high-level side events during the 63rd UN Commission on Status of Women at the UN Headquarters in New York.
“As a Young Woman for Peace and Leadership, it was refreshing to hear international leaders emphasize that we must strive for gender equality through youth organizations, and social and economic opportunity. I can say with confidence that the future looks hopeful as I watched rooms filled with women amplifying each other voices, all aiming to elevate, empower and lean towards one another in our quest to ensure all women live a dignified life.” – Noella Muhamirizia, YWPL-DRC
Meet Lynrose Jane D. Genon:
Lynrose is a YWPL member from the Philippines. She represented the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)’s Young Women for Peace and Leadership program as one of the 16 youth-led networks that promote Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16) and the United Nations Youth Strategy at the “16 x 16” Conference in Rome in May 2019. “16 x 16” is a new global initiative, supported by the Government of Italy, as part of UNDP’s Youth Global Program for Sustainable Development and Peace. 
“I realized that the barriers I face as a young woman advocating for meaningful participation are not limited to my experiences in my region, but similar to the challenges experienced by my fellow 16×16 delegates. We cannot advance youth development without meaningful inclusion of young people in the implementation of SDG 16. More is needed in terms of financial support of youth-led initiatives, data collection, and analysis, especially surrounding youth in fragile and vulnerable communities.” – Lynrose Jane D. Genon, YWPL-Philippines

Why must Indonesia’s Youth Vote?

May 22, 2019 by Nur Aisyah Maullidah, Girl Ambassador for Peace – Jakarta
In Indonesia, seventeen percent of children live with nutritional problems, while approximately thirty-one thousand high school teens drop out of school every year because of economic barriers. Furthermore, over one hundred thousand children are child laborers. As a result, poverty, economic inequality, barriers to education, energy distribution, and environmental degradation significantly impact the quality of life of Indonesians.
The institutional barriers that are ingrained within Indonesian society require long-term solutions that address the specific needs of different demographics within the country. Every citizen plays an integral role in re-building the country, promoting development, and changing the social norms within society. In addition, the government plays a significant role in addressing the social and structural barriers within the country. As a result, the country’s political leader, and elections, are important to Indonesians’ quality of life, in particular, for Indonesian youth. The President’s platform and priorities impact a wide range of government institutions and services. Therefore, everything from educational opportunities to health care are impacted by the elections of the central government.
In 2019, approximately 5 million new voters received voting rights for the April 17, 2019 election. The new voter base contributed to 35-40% of the total number of eligible voters. The new voters are primarily younger citizens, and elections give young people the opportunity to make a significant change with their votes. Information on legislative and presidential candidates will help voters make informed decisions. Sharing information across many platforms, including online news platforms, social media, television and newspapers, will support new voters determine how to exercise their voting rights. It is important that all information is accurate and from trusted sources. Relevant institutions, namely the KPU (General Election Commission) have helped to facilitate the process of voter participation by helping to inform voters of the different mechanisms of the election. As a result, individuals are given the information necessary to participate in the election process, thus decreasing barriers to voting. The informational campaigns attempt to decrease ignorance amongst voters, as it is important that young people are educated when deciding the future leaders of their country.
Building leadership skills can start through simple things, such as being able to make informed decisions when casting your vote. Choosing a leader is a right possessed by young people, and it has the potential to sharpen their own leadership skills. Leaders are role models; as a result, they impact the leadership development of the young people within the country. If young people don’t vote, then how will they become leaders in the future? As engaged citizens, young people must use their right to vote wisely for a better future for their country.
Read the full blog on the recent activities in Indonesia:

Young Women celebrate the Anniversary of the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda!

Young Women celebrate the Anniversary of the Youth, Peace and Security Agenda!

The United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security recognizes that young people’s experiences and perspectives of conflict vary widely and therefore their contributions to conflict prevention and sustainable peace also range widely. The resolution calls on governments and other actors to increase youth participation in all levels of decision-making for the prevention and resolution of conflict, including the prevention of violent extremism.

On the third anniversary of this very important resolution on December 9th, 2018, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders’ Young Women for Peace and Leadership invite you to remind governments about their obligations under UNSCR 2250 by recognizing the work of a young woman peacebuilder in your community.

Share our graphic and tag a peacebuilder on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Tell us why this young woman inspires you and tell us how she is bringing peace to her community.


#Youth4Peace #YWPL

Calling civil society members for the Global Board of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund

Calling civil society members for the Global Board of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund

Nominations can now be made for new civil society members of the Global Board of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund for the years 2019 – 2020.

The WPHF’s primary goal is to bring about peaceful and gender-equal societies.


The specific objectives of WPHF are:

– Support women’s participation in decision-making processes and responses related to conflict prevention;

– Increase women’s engagement and leadership in humanitarian action;

– Enhance women’s representation and leadership in formal and informal peace negotiations;

– Promote women and girls’ human rights; and

– Promote women’s involvement in economic recovery of their communities.


WPHF’s Reach and Accomplishments:

At country level, projects on conflict prevention and women’s economic empowerment were implemented in Burundi. The funds from WPHF enabled Burundian women to lead effective early warning and conflict prevention; and engage in formal and informal peace negotiations.

In Colombia, the WPHF supports indigenous and Afro-Colombian women in their efforts to participate in the implementation of the peace agreement. The WPHF was rolled out in three other countries, Iraq and Jordan (with a specific focus to the situation of Syrian refugees in Jordan), and the Solomon Islands. During the 18th Anniversary of 1325, there were new commitments from Member States like Austria, Australia, Norway, and the UK so potentially, the WPHF will expand to other countries in 2019 and increase support to current priority countries.


Responsibilities of Civil Society Members of the WPHF Board:

The primary responsibility of a civl society member of the WPHF Global Board is to contribute to decision-making on priority countries and general policies and direction of the fund.

This is achieved through:

– Participation in expert level and principal level meetings of the WPHF Global Funding Board (The principal level meetings are held once a year and the expert level meetings are held quarterly – on the average; the participation can be in-person or digital, via teleconference);

– Presentation of the views of her/his network/organization regarding funding for WPS and humanitarian work during meetings; – Dissemination of information regarding calls for proposals by the WPHF;

– Generation of support for the WPHF from donors, Member States, and other stakeholders for them to contribute to the Fund;

– Contribution to the visibility of WPHF through presentation in meetings, conferences, and other events as well as social media; and

– Consultation with other CSOs to improve the work of the WPHF.



To nominate or self-nominate, a CSO to the WPHF Board, please write to with the following information:

– Name of the organization being nominated and its representatives at the expert level and the principal level and their contact information

– Track record on advocacy and implementation of the WPS resolutions and/or in humanitarian work particularly from a gender perspective;

– Track record in grant making and/or advocacy for funding for the implementation of WPS resolutions and/or gender perspective in humanitarian work;

– Explanation of why the organization want to be a civil society representative of the WPHF Board; and

– Explanation how the organization will represent and consult other civil society organizations.


The deadline for the submission of nominations is January 16, 2019.

We warmly welcome you to apply! More information is also available at:

GNWP welcomes young woman from South Sudan as 2018-2019 new Cora Weiss for Peacebuilding Fellow

GNWP welcomes young woman from South Sudan as 2018-2019 new Cora Weiss for Peacebuilding Fellow

November 23, 2018 by Mallika Iyer

Edited by Katrina Leclerc

The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) is proud to introduce Nyuon Susan Sebit, the third recipient of the Cora Weiss Fellowship for Young Women Peacebuilders. The Cora Weiss Fellowship was established in 2016 to honor long-time women, peace and security champion, Ms. Cora Weiss. Through this fellowship, young women have the opportunity to join the GNWP International Coordinating Team for one year where they work to promote effective implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 2250, and the supporting resolutions on women, peace, and security; and youth, peace and security, particularly at the national and local levels. Cora Weiss Fellows also participate in the implementation and coordination of the Young Women for Peace and Leadership Program (also known as Girl Ambassadors for Peace), which aims to build the capacities of young women in conflict-affected areas or in humanitarian situations with a specific focus on leadership, literacy, peacebuilding, preventing violent extremism, and economic empowerment.

As a human rights lawyer from Juba, South Sudan, Susan brings to GNWP her experience in advocating for women’s access to justice in East Africa. She is also the co-founder and Executive Director for the National Alliance for Women Lawyers where she worked towards ending violence against women and implementing the women, peace, and security agenda in South Sudan. An active member of her community, Susan served as a legal advisor to the African Union Youth Parliament; Christian Lawyers of South Sudan; and the Legacy for African Women and Children. She hopes to use the knowledge she gains and the networks she establishes from the fellowship to improve women’s participation in all aspects of leadership during conflict and post-conflict recovery in South Sudan.

The Cora Weiss Fellowship for Young Women Peacebuilders provides opportunities for young women leaders who share Cora Weiss’ vision for sustainable peace and gender equality as strong and integral parts of the global culture. Ms. Weiss is a strong supporter of the United Nations, an early member of Women Strike for Peace (WSP), serving on its national board from 1961-1973. She was a leader in the anti-Vietnam war movement in the United States and was the co-chair and director of the Committee of Liaison (COL) with Families of Servicemen Detained in North Vietnam from 1969-1972. As part of this group, Ms. Weiss organized the exchange of mail between Prisoners of War (POW) in Vietnam and their families where she and the COL arranged for the return of some POWs. She is the president of the Hague Appeal for Peace and was the president of the International Peace Bureau from 2000-2006. Ms. Weiss was one of the civil society drafters of the ground-breaking UNSCR 1325.

Pictured: Susan and Ms. Cora Weiss at the United Nations Headquarters on October 24, 2018.

Inspired by Ms. Weiss’ achievements, Susan, like the past two fellows from Nepal and Nigeria, joins GNWP’s International Coordinating Team to fulfill its mission to empower women and amplify their voices to build sustainable and inclusive peace.