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The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), a program partner of the International Civil society Action Network (ICAN), is a coalition of women’s groups and other civil society organizations from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, West Asia, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe. Our work entails advocacy and action for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 1820 on women and peace and security including the supporting resolutions 1888, 1889 and 1960 at the local, national, regional and international levels.
Mission Statement: The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) bridges the gap between policy discussions and implementation and action on the ground on women, peace and security issues.
GNWP is pleased to present a schedule of co-sponsored events for CSW 58!
The fifty-eighth session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is nearly here! The CSW will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 10th-21st 2014. This year’s priority theme is: “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for Women and Girls”. GNWP has several important events lined up; click on the link below for details! Additions and changes to the program may be made in the following weeks, so don’t forget to check back for these!
Statement from South Sudanese Women to African Union and Inter-governmental Authority on Development
GNWP stands in solidarity with South Sudanese women who have submitted the following statement to the African Union and the Inter-governmental Authority on Development. The statement unequivocally demands that all parties to the conflict respect the ceasefire agreement, and guarantee women’s participation in the next phase of political mediation and negotiation. Please click on the link below to read this powerful document.
“Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally: Localizing UNSCR 1325 in Colombia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, and Uganda” is here!!
We are proud to present this important publication, “Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally: Localizing UNSCR
1325 in Colombia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Uganda.”
As we mark the 13th anniversary of the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, we note
that there are now six supporting resolutions on women and peace and security — UNSCRs 1820, 1888, 1889, 1960,
2106 and 2122 — which have reinforced the normative standards for ensuring women’s participation in decisionmaking,
conflict prevention and conflict resolution and recovery.
This publication focuses particularly on GNWP’s Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 program, which translates the
rhetoric of the women and peace and security resolutions into actions that make a difference in the lives of women,
men, girls and boys in conflict-affected communities in Colombia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sierra Leone and Uganda.
The publication illustrates how the program directly engages local authorities, traditional leaders and grassroots
women’s groups in implementing the resolutions in local communities. It also provides examples of how women and
peace and security commitments are mainstreamed in local policy development and planning processes.
The publication is available below!
Meeting with CEDAW Experts on the General Recommendations on Women in Conflict Prevention, Conflict, and Post-conflict situations.
On November 11th 2013 GNWP, in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland, hosted “Meeting with CEDAW Experts on the General Recommendations on Women in Conflict Prevention, Conflict, and Post-conflict situations.” The event aimed to build on the findings from the previous meeting, and bring together CEDAW members of the Security Council, as well as other Member States; to generate support from the members of the Security Council, all other Member States, civil society and UN agencies in raising awareness and knowledge of the GR; and to identify ways on how the CEDAW Committee and the Security Council can work together on the implementation of the GR. The meeting included presentations from Ms. Pramila Patten, Chairperson of the CEDAW Working Group on the GR; CEDAW Committee members; H.E. Ambassador Paul Seger, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Switzerland; and Ms. Mavic Cabrerra-Balleza, International Coordinator of GNWP. The concept note for the event; a list of attendees; Ms. Patten’s speech; and Ms. Cabrera-Balleza’s speech are available below. The activity report, covering November 11-15 2013, is also linked below.
Concept Note on Meeting with CEDAW experts
List of Attendees Meeting with CEDAW Experts
Pramila Patten Presentation Meeting with CEDAW Experts
Mavic Cabrera-Balleza Presentation
CEDAW GR No. 30 Activity Report 2013
GNWP welcomes the appointment of women negotiators to the Colombia peace process.
In a long overdue decision, the Colombian government has appointed Nigeria Renteria and Maria Paulina Riveros as members of the Colombian government’s negotiating team in its ongoing peace talks with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). GNWP members and partners have written statements welcoming these appointments. The statements are available below in English and Spanish.
GNWP and the Permanent Mission of Norway; UN Women; Coalición 1325; and Cordaid, co-hosted the panel discussion “Women’s Action for Peace in Colombia: Prospects and Challenges for Women in the Peace Processes” on November 8th 2013!
This panel discussion focused on women’s participation in the ongoing peace talks between the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia). Check out the links below for speeches from GNWP’s International Coordinator, Ms. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, and GNWP members, Ms. Rosa Emilia Salamanca (Coalición 1325) and Ms. Luz Mery Vanegas Tique (Colombian indigenous women’s network PIEMISIKUPANAYF).
GNWP and the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations co-hosted “Presentation of the Findings and Recommendations of GNWP’s 2013 Civil Society Monitoring Report on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325″ on October 31st. Check out the link below for the press release!
It’s here!! “Presentation of the Findings and Recommendations of GNWP’s 2013 Civil Society Monitoring Report on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325″ – October 31st at the Canadian Permanent Mission to the UN, New York!
On October 31st 2013, GNWP will be co-hosting a lunch-time event with the Permanent Mission of Canada to the UN to launch the 2013 Civil Society Monitoring Report that analyzes the implementation of UNSCR 1325 in 15 countries. This event will include a presentation of the findings and recommendations that have emerged from the 2013 report, and include discussions on best practices and challenges. Check out the link below for more details!
GNWP will be co-hosting events in October and November 2013 to commemorate the 13th anniversary of UNSCR 1325!
Events will include the presentation of findings and recommendations from GNWP’s 2013 Civil Society Monitoring Report, and the launch of “Implementing Locally, Inspiring Globally: Localization of UNSCR 1325 in Colombia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.” Check out the link below for more details!
GNWP Supports Petition Campaign for Dialogue, Humanitarian Action and Ceasefire in Zamboanga City!
Recent violence between the Philippine government’s soliders and the Moro National Liberation Front in Zamboanga City has left over 61 people dead (as of Sept. 16th); more than 150 wounded; over 60,000 people displaced, and over 100 hostages. GNWP supports this petition for dialogue, not armed action.
GNWP and its Colombian members start the second phase of Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 program in Colombia!
From September 11 to October 2, 2013, GNWP-ICAN and its members, Centro de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica (CIASE) and Red Nacional de Mujeres will continue their implementation of the Localization program in 7 departments of Colombia, through Capacity Building and Formulation of Local Legislation workshops and a Training of Trainers. The Localization program is a bottom-up approach to implementing WPS resolutions, and involves active participation by community members and local authorities. Check out the announcement below for more details and dates!
Women Speak Out for Peace: A Global Media Campaign on the 2013 International Day of Peace
GNWP is launching “Women Speak Out for Peace”, a week long global media campaign to highlight women’s roles as peacebuilders and agents of change; and to demand greater accountability to the WPS resolutions. The campaign will take place during the week preceding International Day of Peace, starting on Monday, September 16th and continuing until Saturday, September 21st 2013. This campaign aims to involve as many individuals and organizations as possible, including GNWP members, CSOs, UN agencies, government officials, students, activists, young professionals and anyone else that shares the objective of this initiative. Check out how to participate by reading the details below!
Women’s Messages for Action in the DRC and the Great Lakes – Collaboration between GNWP, Amnesty International, Permanent Mission of Australia and Permanent Mission of Uruguay
GNWP in partnership with Amnesty International, the Permanent Mission of Australia and the Permanent Mission of Uruguay hosted “Women’s Messages for Action in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Great Lakes” on July 22nd 2013. The event featured a presentation on GNWP’s Kinshasa Call to Action and the handing over of Amnesty International’s DRC postcard petition to the Security Council. This was complemented by an interactive panel discussion featuring UN representatives, Member States and civil society. Panelists included Ms. Rose Mutombo of Cadre Permanent de Concertation de la Femme Congolese (CAFCO), Mr. Jose Luis Diaz of Amnesty International and Mr. Jack Christofides of DPKO. A brief summary of the discussion, along with Ms. Mutombo’s and Mr. Diaz’s presentations are available below.
Resolution 1325 in Action: Lessons Learned and Reflections on 1325 NAPs – Collaboration between GNWP and Permanent Mission of Japan
The Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in partnership with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) co-organized a panel discussion to discuss and analyze the various lessons learned and challenges in the development and implementation of National Action Plans (NAPs) for UNSCR 1325. The panelists included Mr. Dharanidhar Khatiwada, Secretary for the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction of Nepal, Mr. Naoto Hisajima, Minister of the Permanent Mission of Japan, Ms. Hilde Klemetsdal, Counselor at the Mission of Norway, Ms. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza, International Coordinator of GNWP, and Dr. Anne-Marie Goetz, Chief Advisor of Peace and Security for UN-Women. A brief summary of the event, along with Secretary Khatiwada’s and Ms. Mavic Cabrera-Balleza’s presentations are available below.
GNWP’s statement to all stakeholders of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – available in English and French
GNWP has prepared a Post Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) statement regarding the issue of CSO participation. The statement is based on extensive discussions with GNWP members, other women’s groups, CSO partners, and CSW participants who expressed concern about lack of adequate space for CSOs, lack of an effective monitoring system relating to the outcome document of the CSW (i.e. the Agreed Conclusions), as well as the overall process of the CSW.
Read our newly released 2012 Policy Briefs!! Download publication here.
The Policy Brief publication is based on the in-country reports in the Women Count 2012 publication and serves as a concise and practical resource that presents concrete recommendations to policy makers. The briefs highlight the specific achievements and challenges in the implementation of UNSCR 1325 at the national level.
In 2012 Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Fiji, Liberia, Nepal, Netherlands, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Sweden and Uganda took part in the monitoring project. A global snapshot of the findings as well as the individual country reports were published in the book Women Count 2012 – SecurityCouncil Resolution 1325: Civil Society Monitoring Report. The report was launched at the Canadian Mission to the United Nations in New York on November 6, 2012, during the 12th anniversary of UNSCR 1325. Download the reports here.
Launch of the UNSCR 1325 & 1820 NAP Implementation Guidelines in Nepal: May 7, 2013
In 2011, GNWP and its members, spearheaded by Saathi, rolled out GNWP’s Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 Program to Nepal. The Localization Program, which is a unique approach to 1325 implementation, brings together local authorities, such as governors, mayors, district councilors, community leaders, traditional and religious leaders, the security sector, women leaders, and other key local actors. Together they analyze UNSCR 1325 and 1820 National Action Plans (NAPs) and draft strategies to integrate the NAP into already existing local development planning processes. In June 2011, GNWP and Saathi, in collaboration with the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MOPR), conducted the first set of such trainings in the districts of Pokhara and Nepalgunj. The workshops also included preliminary discussions on the development of a set of Guidelines that would serve as a reference document for district officials when integrating the NAP into their district development plans.
These guidelines were subsequently drafted, pre-tested in workshops around the country, revised, and endorsed by the Government in 2012. We are proud to announce that on May 7, 2013 they were officially launched and adopted during a ceremony in Kathmandu! Read the blog on the launch here. See full program here.
Women’s Peace Dialogue & Women’s Peace Delegation in the Democratic Republic of Congo: April 5-10, 2013
To contribute to peace and security in the DRC and the Great Lakes Region, women leaders from the DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi, Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan will convene for a Women’s Peace Dialogue in Kinshasa, DRC from April 5 to April 10, 2013. The Women’s Peace Dialogue and Women’s Peace Delegation is an initiative of GNWP and its member organizations Cadre Permanent de Concertation de la Femme Congolaise(CAFCO), African Women’s Active Nonviolence Initiatives for Social Change (AWANICh)-DRC, Réseau Femme et Développement (REFED), WILPF-DRC, and other civil society partners. This initiative is supported by Cordaid and UN Women Central Africa Sub-Regional Office.
In her speech at the opening of the WPD on Friday April 5, Mavic Cabrera Balleza, the International Coordinator of GNWP, called on the Congolese people and the Congolese government to take on greater responsibility and demonstrate strong leadership to find effective solutions to the many complex problems faced by the DRC. Read our blogs: Intervention Brigade in the DRC and Women’s Peace Dialogue and Women’s Peace Delegation.
The outcome document, the Kinshasa Call to Action, can be found here.
GNWP Localizing UNSCR1325 and UNSCR1820 in the Democratic Republic of Congo: March 28-April 3, 2013
GNWP and its members, lead by Cadre Permanent de Consultation de la Femme Congolaise (CAFCO), will hold Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 workshops in Lubumbashi and Likasi, two cities in the Katanga province in the south east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In these workshops, local authorities such as governors, mayors, paramount chiefs, traditional, cultural and religious leaders, women leaders, civil society representatives and other local key actors will examine the UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and DRC’s National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325 and 1820 on WPS. Click here to read more.
CSW 57: March 4-15, 2013
During the fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), GNWP co-sponsored a number of events. Click here to read our blog on the Agreed Conclusions of CSW57.
Mavic Cabrera-Balleza of GNWP tells Inter Press Service that the relationship between violence against women and peace and security must be reflected in global and national policies. Read the article here.
GNWP endorses the statement on military violence against women drafted by Betty Reardon (2013 Nobel Peace Prize nominee). The statement ‘Violence against Women is Integral to War and Armed Conflict: The Urgent Necessity of the Universal Implementation of UNSCR 1325′ is addressed to the CSW and it is crucial for our commitment to women, peace and security. We encourage you to endorse it!