Empowerment: Women & Gender Issues: Key Reference

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Academic Resources (3 Matches)

Academic Resources Gender Perspectives in Peace Initiatives: Opportunities and Challenges   2006
Source: Satbeer ChhabraThis key document aims at providing additional insight into the role of women as a force in peacebuilding activities. The author argues that women are not only victims in war, but that considering them as actors could provide “an improved basis to develop effective strategies for incorporating gender perspectives in peace initiatives.” Primary issues include developing a gender perspective and analysis of women’s roles in conflict situations, gender mainstreaming into all levels of peace initiatives before, during and post-conflict, recognizing and analyzing from a gender perspective the challenges and obstacles to effective gender mainstreaming in peacebuilding. The author argues that a thorough understanding of a woman’s role throughout conflict is essential to soundly implementing gender initiatives in post-conflict peacebuilding, and concludes with a list of opportunities demonstrating the effectiveness and importance women can play in peace efforts.
Academic Resources Promoting a Gender-Just Peace: The Roles of Women Teachers in Peacebuilding and Reconstruction   2004
Source: Jackie Kirk, Gender and Development 12, no. 3 This article points to the potential success of education as a tool for women’s social development during peacebuilding and reconstruction. The author finds that integration in the education system, either as school teachers or students, encourages women’s inclusion in society and facilitates their ascent of the social ladder. The author emphasizes the need for girls’ education as a pre-curser to a viable and strong pool of female teachers. Additionally, the author highlights the need to work closely with men in the education system who can act as guarantors of security for both female students and teachers in the classroom.
Academic Resources Women in Peacebuilding Resource & Training Manual   2004
Source: Lisa Schirch, East Mennonite University This training manual is product of the West African Network for Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation Program at East Mennonite University. Material for this manual was borrowed from a variety of training manuals focused on human rights and women’s leadership. The interactive and experiential manual covers traditional peacebuilding topics with a specific gender focus throughout. The main topics are: gender and peacebuilding; women’s roles in peacebuilding; gender analysis of conflict and violence; skills for women in peacebuilding; and training and facilitating a peacebuilding workshop for women. “The manual was designed for women who want to help themselves or other women become more involved in peacebuilding. The exercises and content are written both for beginners and community-level women as well as more advanced peacebuilding trainers.”

Legal Documents (1 Matches)

Legal Documents The Hague Declaration on Women and Peacebuilding   2003
Source: The HagueDeveloped by a group of 130 peacemakers from around the world, this declaration is the result of a conference titled “The Role of Women in Peacebuilding and Reconciliation” held on June 12, 2003 in Hague, Netherlands. The recommendations, aimed at women activists, Dutch citizens and INGOs, call on funders and the peacebuilding community to take a gendered approach to peacebuilding, recognizing and supporting the role of women in both the peacemaking and post-conflict peacebuilding process. The Hague declaration calls on governments, armed groups and societies to support and empower women through a variety of activities including: methods of liberation, participation and integration.

Organizations and Websites (View All 8 Matches)

Organizations and Websites NGO Working Group on Women Peace and Security (NGOWG)   2009
Source: http://www.peacewomen.org/un/ngo/contact.htmlNGOWG was formed in May 2000 to advocate for a UN Security Council Resolution (SCR) on women, peace and security. The “NGOWG advocates for and monitors the participation of women, prevention of conflict and protection of all civilians, to ensure full and rapid implementation of SCR 1325’s promises.” Users visiting the site will find: information on the working group; literature and reports on the status of women and the UN; and links to its core member organizations.
Organizations and Websites Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues (OSAGI)   2009
Source: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/osagi/Created in 1997, OSAGI comprises a Principal Social Affairs Office in charge of Gender Mainstreaming and the Focal Point for Women in the Secretariat. “The Office's main objective is to promote and strengthen the effective implementation of the Millennium Declaration, the Beijing Declaration and the Platform for Action of the Fourth World Conference on Women (FWCW) held in Beijing in 1995 and the Outcome Document of the special session of the General Assembly on Beijing+5.” The website includes thematic information on gender mainstreaming and women and security, with a wide range or resources dedicated to each thematic area: these range from links to partner organizations and other initiatives; literature and reports; UN guidelines, toolkits and MAE resources; and event and UN job information.
Organizations and Websites UN Division for the Advancement of Women   2009
Source: http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/This division “advocates the improvement of the status of women of the world, and the achievement of their equality with men –as equal actors, partners, and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, peace and security.” Collaborating with a wide range of international partners they work to advance the agenda on women’s rights and gender equity. The website provides a wide range of literature and information on: DAV and its activities; violence against women; CSW and relevant charters and UN meetings; expert group meetings; access to official UN publications; organizational statements; and links to partner organizations.

Policy Analysis and Practitioner Documents (View All 29 Matches)

Policy Analysis Improving EU Responses to Gender and Peacebuilding. Priority Action Areas for the European Commission.   Jun 2008
Source: Karen Barnes and Minna Lyytikäinen, Initiative for Peacebuilding/International AlertThis report by the European Commission (EC) outlines the findings from the recent study “Enhancing the EU Response to Women and Armed Conflict” commissioned by the Slovenian Presidency of the EU, and lists the recommendations towards enhancing women’s role in peacbuilding to the European Commission Headquarters and the Commission Delegates. The report discusses five priority areas of action for the European Commission, which include: enabling strategic prioritization; developing thematic and context-specific expertise; consulting with partners; providing adequate resources; and integrating monitoring and accountability measures, and lists the recommendations and a mapping of the implementation of UNSC Resolution 1325 with examples of what the EC has accomplished thus far and guidelines for future action. The report argues that despite the growing awareness towards women in peacebuilding, EU efforts in conflict-affected areas continue to lack clearly defined measures to prevent the marginalization of women in peacebuilding activities, but concludes by emphasizing that the European Commission must “build a more coherent and targeted approach to gender and conflict” and can “become a leader amongst regional bodies on gender and peacebuilding.”
Policy Analysis The 8-Point Agenda   2008
Source: UNDP, Crisis and PreventionThis agenda details the most practical steps needed to successful incorporating of women in post-conflict peace processes. The agenda lays out goals for women’s engagement in post-conflict recovery through fostering women’s empowerment and participation in peace processes, encouraging gendered justice, political participation, and government and social change.
Policy Analysis Gender Training in Fragile States: Recommendations   2008
Source: Cindy Hansen and Kate McInturff, Gender and Peacebuilding Working Group, OxfamThese guidelines were developed by the Gender and Peacebuilding Working Group (GPWG) of the Canadian Peacebuilding Network and Oxfam Canada and were the result of a two-day workshop held in Ottawa in January 2008. The workshop, which was comprised of participants from national and international organizations, convened to examine the state of gender training in the context of security and fragile states. In light of the United Nations Security Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, the priorities developed in this conference provide direction for policy, guidelines, methodology and materials in the area of women and gender training in fragile states. Recommendations are made for funders, organizations and workshop trainers looking to train women in peacebuilding.

UN Official Documents (3 Matches)

UN Official Documents Outcome Report: Consultation on Promoting Gender Equality in Recovery and Peacebuilding   29 Jan 2009
Source: United Nations Peacebuilding Support OfficeThis report summarizes general recommendations drafted by the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the United Nations Development Programme, for the Secretary-General’s Report on Peacebuilding and Early Recovery in regard to two key issues: Building national capacity to ensure women’s participation in early recovery and peacebuilding and obtaining adequate financing to respond to individual and community recovery needs in a gender-equal manner.
UN Official Documents Women Peace and Security: Study Submitted by the Secretary General Pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000)   2002
Source: United NationsThis study was prepared within the framework of the Inter-agency Task Force on Women, Peace and Security, an outgrowth of Security Council resolution 1325 adopted in October 2000. The study benefited from coordination by the Special Advisor of the Security-General on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women and included representatives from eighteen UN departments as well as observers from a variety of INGOs. Resolution 1325 underlined the vital role women play in conflict solution, and mandated a review of the impact of armed conflict on women and girls, the role of women in peacebuilding, and the gender dimensions of peace processes and conflict resolution. The study describes the many positive steps taken to implement resolution 1325, but takes note that women are still in the minority during peace and security negotiations. In addition, it found that women receive less attention than men in post-conflict agreements, disarmament and reconstruction. This study makes recommendations on the systematic implementation of the landmark document that resolution 1325 represents.
UN Official Documents United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325   2000
Source: United NationsThis resolution was the first legal document from the Security Council to effectively call for the inclusion of women in peace building processes, especially in all levels of decision-making institutions of a particular state, as well as their participation in conflict resolution and prevention instances. The resolution advocates for the protection of women and children after conflict, urging parties to take special precautions to prevent gender-based violence, and to engage in gender mainstreaming throughout peace processes. The resolution especially engages each state to consider women and their inclusion in such post-conflict reforms as disarmament, judicial, security, constitutional and election. As many international and UN organizations have developed their programs and engaged in peace processes, Resolution 1325 remains the cornerstone for any peacebuilding work aimed at the inclusion and protection of women.

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