IWTC WOMEN’S GLOBALNET #349

ACTIVITIES & INITIATIVES OF WOMEN WORLDWIDE

 

WOMEN FOCUS ADVOCACY, RESEARCH AND ORGANIZING ON WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY ISSUES

February 20, 2009

Mavic Cabrera Balleza & Renee Black

 

  1. Expert Group Meeting on SCR 1325 LAYS basis for advocacy at INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM IN LIBERIA
  2. COORDINATED APPROACH TO ADDRESSING RESEARACH GAPS ON GENDER, PEACE AND SECURITY FOCUS OF INSTRAW-INITIATED VIRTUAL DISCUSSION
  3. WOMEN FOR PEACE CONFERENCE: WOMEN AS CREATIVE AGENTS FOR PEACE

 

1. Expert Group Meeting on SCR 1325 LAYS basis for advocacy at INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM IN LIBERIA

On January 15, 2009 a SCR 1325 Expert Group Meeting (EGM) was organized in Liberia to prepare for the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, Internatonal Peace and Security taking place 7-8 March, 2009 in Liberia. Support for the implementation of SCR 1325 is one of the five goals of this two day colloquium. 

 

At the EGM, participants from international and Liberian women’s organizations, government agencies, the UN and regional and international organizations discussed the development of 1325 national action plans, women’s participation in peace processes, gender-responsive justice system, gender in peace keeping, and reporting by the Secretary General and Security Council missions.   International and local NGOs – including those who were not physically present at the Expert Group Meeting--presented a statement calling for women’s full and equal participation in peace negotiations and the establishment of gender-responsive justice and security systems.  Click here for the full copy of the NGO statement.

 

In further discussions after the EGM, NGOs and other 1325 advocates agreed on the following points which they will present as key demands during the actual colloquium:

  • a UN General Assembly Resolution calling for the full implementation of SCR 1325;
  • the creation of a permanent Working Group on women and armed conflict within the Security Council; and
  • the appointment of a Special Representative for Women and Armed Conflict.

 

These recommendations and others will serve as the basis for discussion and advocacy at the International Colloquium that is being convened by President Ellen Johnson –Sirleaf of Liberia and President Tarja Halonen of Finland.

 

The SCR 1325 expert group meeting was organized by Femmes Africa Solidarite, the International Women's Tribune Centre and UNIFEM in partnership with the Ministry of Gender and Development of Liberia.

 

2.  COORDINATED APPROACH TO ADDRESSING RESEARACH GAPS ON GENDER, PEACE AND SECURITY FOCUS OF INSTRAW-INITIATED VIRTUAL DISCUSSION

The idea of forming a Community of Practice among academics, research professionals, NGOs and international organizations for the purpose of promoting on-going participatory dialogue and research is one of the key recommendations emerging from a INSTRAW-facilitated 3-week virtual discussion that took place in October 2008. The purpose of this discussion was to identify what research on gender, peace and security is currently taking place, how to systematically address existing gaps in the research in a coordinated and coherent manner and how to move forward.  

Other key recommendations emerging from this virtual discussion  to facilitate and drive on-going research on gender, peace and security include:

  • Continuously encouraging the development of gender perspectives and best practices including through the development and analysis of gender-disaggregated data, the development of empowerment indicators, and through continuous inclusion of gender perspectives in research and policy-making; and  
  • Understanding and challenging current discourse, including understanding how the shift from state to human security affects women, other factors contributing to marginalization, and through the development of relevant academic programs.


Interest remains high among dialogue participants in moving forward with the recommendations from this October discussion.  At an informal meeting that took place during the International Studies Association (ISA) conference in New York in February, 2009, discussion centered on how to move forward in coherent ways that build upon needs in academia, policy-making and implementation.  UN-INSTRAW will continue to play an important role in the follow-up with calls for on-going dialogue that ensures that researchers understand if and how existing gaps are being strategically addressed and which critical areas are still under-developed. The convener will be sending a follow-up to begin formalizing this process in the near future. 

For more details and information on the dialogue including a recap of the dialogue sessions and a summary of the key recommendations, please visit http://www.un-instraw.org/en/gps/general/gender-peace-and-security.html or contact Ciara Daniels at INSTRAW at cdaniels@un-instraw.org.

3. INTERNATIONAL Women for Peace Conference: Women as creative agents for peace   

“Women as Creative Agents for Peace,” is the theme of the second International Women for Peace Conference which will bring together some 200 participants on March 5-6, 2009  in Dili, Timor Leste.  Issues to be explored include the use of creative formats like drama, songs, visual arts and storytelling to address issues of justice, peace and security. Discussions will also consider ways of acknowledging traditional cultural values while reducing their negative impact on society and will offer women an opportunity to share their experiences on conflict transformation and reconstruction, including solidarity building. 

 

For more information about the conference please email conference co-ordinator Filomena Barros Dos Reis Email: mena.peace@alolafoundation.org or filopau@yahoo.com or visit the conference website www.alolafoundation.org/womenforpeaceconference.php

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