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.
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!
Our 2012 report Women Count – Security Council Resolution 1325: Civil Society Monitoring Report is here!
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 this year. A global snapshot of the findings as well as the individual country reports were published in the book Women Count 2012 – Security Council 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.