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IACM Istanbul Conference (July 2011)

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Women's Campaign International's IACM PowerPoint presentation on "The Connection between the Inclusion of Women and Sustainable Peace through the Lens of Theory, Policy, and Practice"

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IACM Istanbul Conference (July 2011)

  1. 1. The Connection between the Inclusion of Women and Sustainable Peace through the Lens of Theory, Policy, and Practice<br />Istanbul, July 4th,2011<br />Presented by Kerri Kennedy and Deborah Cai<br />
  2. 2. The Link Between Women’s Leadership & Peace<br />“Equality in decision-making is essential to the empowerment of women and development.”<br />- Beijing Platform for Action<br />WCI’s program experience in over 22 countries demonstrates a strong link between the presence of women in decision-making processes and the assurance of long-term peace in post-conflict societies.<br />
  3. 3. Who We Are<br />Working in emerging democracies and post-conflict regions around the world, Women’s Campaign International advances opportunities for women to actively participate in public advocacy, market and political processes.  In providing the requisite skills, knowledge and culturally-sensitive support, we develop leaders who transform the lives of everyone they serve.<br />
  4. 4. Peace Building & Conflict Mitigation <br />Women are systematically underrepresented in peacekeeping operations<br />Women constitute:<br />
  5. 5. Identifying Best Practices for Peace Building & Conflict Mitigation <br />Goal: To facilitate the transformation of policies, infrastructure, and environments that are conducive to violence<br />Organizations can do so through four programmatic areas:<br /><ul><li>Promote women’s participation as leaders in conflict resolution and peace building
  6. 6. Build capacity of local organizations to mobilize, envision and enact change
  7. 7. Promote the use of conflict mitigation and transformation techniques by existing leaders
  8. 8. Lobby for adherence to UN Resolution 1325 by government and UN agencies </li></li></ul><li>Peace Building & Conflict Mitigation WCI in Practice<br />
  9. 9. Peace Building & Conflict Mitigation WCI in Practice<br />WCI provides resources and technical support to programs like those of NAWOCOL, which foster community peace:<br />
  10. 10. Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Livelihoods <br />In post-conflict countries, women must often first gain economic empowerment before their voices are heard in conflict negotiation and decision-making processes<br />Challenges women face in post conflict societies include:<br /><ul><li>Begin rebuilding their lives with fewer resources and lower savings than men. 
  11. 11. Lack transportation and thus access to markets, government services, and raw materials
  12. 12. Low rates of numeracy and literacy
  13. 13. Post conflict aid is often directed at ex-combatants, systematically excluding women from essential resources and services and making them less competitive in the market</li></ul>“Women’s economic security is linked with peace building in that equitable sharing of wealth can strengthen the sense of a common future and prevent renewed violence, especially in an internal conflict."<br />
  14. 14. Identifying Best Practices for Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Livelihoods<br />Goal: Encourage women’s economic ventures in order to increase their financial stability, confidence, and sense of empowerment in post conflict society<br />Organizations can work towards this goal through the provision of services in four main areas:<br /><ul><li>Quality control and efficient production techniques for artisans
  15. 15. Basic business and budgeting skills for women entrepreneurs
  16. 16. Provision of value added agriculture tools, and in organizational development and management trainings for agricultural collectives
  17. 17. Trainings in networking and value chain analysis to connect sellers to a wider market of buyers</li></li></ul><li>Entrepreneurship & Sustainable Livelihoods:WCI in Practice<br />Liberia: USAID<br />Agents from the National Rural Women’s Program trained as trainers for rural women on financial literacy, business training, value added marketing, preservation, and labor saving technology<br />Liberia: Goldman Sachs<br />Women entrepreneurs are provided with Quarterly Leadership and Advocacy Trainings and Individual Management Coaching <br />Women entrepreneurs are recruited from successful participants of NWRP programming<br />Sri Lanka: Local Partnership<br />In Sri Lanka, WCI partnered with groups of local business women to organize a trade fair for women entrepreneurs, creating the opportunity for rural women to network and share best practices<br />
  18. 18. Civic Engagement & Grassroots Organizing<br />In post-conflict countries, women must take advantage of all available avenues to make their voices heard and to influence the policies that affect them<br />Challenges to women’s civic engagement in post conflict society include: <br /><ul><li>Sidelining in formal negotiations after actively taking the lead in the process of advocating for political change
  19. 19. Lower rates of voting and voter registration than men
  20. 20. Higher incidence of voter intimidation
  21. 21. Women’s organizations lack institutional capacity and funding</li></li></ul><li>Identifying Best Practices for CivicEngagement & Grassroots Organizing<br />Goal: Support women to be active and effective leaders of social change in their own communities<br />Organizations can do so through skill development and support in four programmatic areas:<br /><ul><li>Civic education and citizen responsibility
  22. 22. Mechanisms for collective action
  23. 23. Community mobilization and leadership
  24. 24. Advocacy, communications and outreach</li></li></ul><li>Civic Engagement & Grassroots Organizing: WCI in Practice<br />Liberia<br />Sri Lanka <br />WCI provides rural women’s organizations with the organizational development and leadership skills they need to organize locally<br />WCI worked in partnership with community-based organizations to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS,using diverse media outlets<br />Afghanistan<br />WCI partnered with Provincial Councillorsto conduct workshops for rural women focused on mobilizing rural populations to network and strategize on women’s issues<br />
  25. 25. Political Participation<br />When women participate in the political process they have the opportunity to ensure that policies formed during the rebuilding period are gender-sensitive<br />Challenges women face in post conflict society include:<br /><ul><li>Underrepresented in national and local assemblies
  26. 26. In elected office, women often face pressure to adhere to the party line instead of pursuing policies that help women
  27. 27. Suffer from misperceptions that female representatives are less qualified for their positions
  28. 28. Excluded from top ministerial positions where many important decisions regarding peace and security are made
  29. 29. Candidates and elected officials often suffer stigmatization by family and community
  30. 30. Have less access to opportunities that enable political participation such as higher education and formal employment </li></li></ul><li>Identifying Best Practices for PoliticalParticipation, Campaigns & Leadership <br />Goal: Increase the number and the capacity of local and national women politicians<br />Organizations can do so through skill development and support in four programmatic areas: <br /><ul><li>Train political candidates in leadership, media relations and campaign management
  31. 31. Train existing men and women leaders to be effective elected officials, to maintain strong constituent relations and to communicate and collaborate with their peers
  32. 32. Develop nation-wide media campaigns on the benefits of female leaders
  33. 33. Promote leadership and political participation amongst young women to encourage them to run for office in the future</li></li></ul><li>Political Participation, Campaigns & Leadership:WCI in Practice<br />Afghanistan<br />143 Provincial Councillorstrained on leadership, gender, and coalition-building<br />625 Women trained on how to run for elected office through ToT model<br />52 Women Members of Parliament trained on how to effectively serve their constituents and serve as elected officials<br />Ethiopia<br />109Potential women candidates provided with leadership training<br />450 MPs (96%) attended General Orientation Workshops on gender analysis, the constitution, collaborative decision-making, and leadership<br />26 Men and women MPs from opposing parties attended conflict management and resolution training<br /> 1 National media campaign on the importance of voting for women candidates<br />
  34. 34. Rule of Law<br />The trust of citizens in their institutions, especially the judicial and prosecution system is a pivotal element for post-conflict countries.<br />Challenges include: <br /><ul><li>Women are underrepresented in institutions that enforce the rule of law
  35. 35. Female participation is often hindered by negative public opinion of women’s ability to enforce and evaluate the law, low pay, and a lack of support from family members
  36. 36. Rule of law requires societal shifts in perception of lawenforcement and justice</li></li></ul><li>Identifying Best Practices for Rule of Law<br />Goal: Increase the role played by women in promoting rule of law in their own communities<br />Organizations can do so through support in three programmatic areas:<br /><ul><li> Build on women’s existing skills and roles as agents of change
  37. 37. Provide trainings on skill building and support in leadership, advocacy, negotiations, and communications
  38. 38. Connect women to appropriate officials in law enforcement and justice systems </li></li></ul><li>Gender-Based Violence<br />Challenges faced in post-conflict settings include:<br />
  39. 39. Identifying Best Practices for Stopping <br />Gender-Based Violence<br />Goal: Increase support to communities and programs to end GBV<br />Organizations can do so through support in five programmatic areas:<br /><ul><li>Provide citizens with the skills they need to identify and address instances of GBV in their own communities
  40. 40. Educate community members of all ages about GBV, prevention methods, and ways to respond to violence against oneself and one’s fellow citizens
  41. 41. Address the holistic nature of GBV
  42. 42. Promote women’s representation in decision-making and implementing bodies
  43. 43. Systematically integrate men and boys into GBV programming</li></li></ul><li>Gender-Based Violence:<br />WCI in Practice<br />WCI, in partnership with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia, provided grief and trauma counseling to survivors of the conflict<br />WCI and its partners conducted the following programmatic activities:<br /><ul><li>Organized trainings for community-based psychosocial counselors
  44. 44. Provided sensitization workshops for male spouses/partners of women survivors
  45. 45. Conducted trainings for traditional female leaders on how to support communities dealing with trauma and reintegration</li></li></ul><li>Conclusion<br />“There cannot be true democracy unless women's voices are heard. <br />There cannot be true democracy unless women are given the opportunity to take responsibility for their own lives.”<br />- Hillary Clinton<br />
  46. 46. Contact Us<br />www.womenscampaigninternational.org<br />info@womenscampaigninternational.org<br />Telephone: (215) 387-2601<br />Fax: (215) 387-2604<br />Empowering Women to Transform Communities<br />

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