Programs and Events
“Without the relevant information, training and resources, our women in their local communities will not be able to rise to the challenge. We need to instill in them a belief in themselves and the belief that their knowledge and their strategies are just as important as someone who wears a tailored suit and speaks the language of policy makers.”
—Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, Coordinator femLINKpacific
Upcoming Conference: “Precarious Progress: U.N. Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security”
The 2010 Women PeaceMakers Conference coincides with a momentous year, marking both the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 10th anniversary of UNSCR 1325. In anticipation of these celebrations, this working conference is situated to develop, distill and disseminate expert opinion from practitioners and policymakers of all levels. Delegates will reflect on the implementation and challenges of UNSCRs on women, peace and security (1325, 1820, 1888 and 1889) and analyze their practical considerations.
Date: September 29 – October 1, 2010
Location: Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Registration Deadline: 13 September 2010
NGO Consulation on Women, Peace and Security Indicator Development
12 March 2010
In recognition of the key role that civil society actors around the world play in the implementation and monitoring of women, peace and security measures, the NGOWG on Women, Peace and Security was invited by UNIFEM and OSAGI to convene a civil society consultation on the indicator report on SCR 1325, as requested in SCR 1889, OP 17:
As a result of this consultation, and despite the tight timeline, more than 150 suggestions to improve the indicators were provided by NGO colleagues from around the world. While incomplete as a consultation of all those civil society actors who have valid and useful input to give in this process, the degree of expertise reflected in this consultation demonstrates the importance of continuing to substantively engage with NGOs as the indicators continue to be honed and improved.
Because of the short time-period, and because many key civil society representatives were not able to be present in New York on this date, we sought to ensure that our consultation system allowed as many voices to be heard as possible. Our goal was to have clear, concerted, and constructive messages – from those who can attend and those who cannot – to bring the consultation on the 12th March.
In preparation for this meeting, on 3rd March 2010 the NGOWG sent NGO colleagues the TWGGI‟s background report for the selection of indicators. On 9th March 2010, the TWGGI made available the current “shortlist” of draft indicators to the participants in the consultation.
Background Information [Link]
Making Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) a Reality
11 March 2010
NGOWG member Women's International League for Peace Freedom (WILPF) hosted this event during the 54th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
In Harm’s Way: Girls in Settings of Endemic Armed Violence
9 March 2010
NGOWG member International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), in conjunction with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, hosted this panel to discuss the impact of armed violence on women and girls, which is particularly brutal in many conflict zones, as well as countries where it has reached a chronic level.
- Rebecca Gerome, The Advocacy Project, Colombia/France
Glynis Alonzo-Beaton, YWCA, Guyana
Daniel Prins, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs
Florella Hazely, Sierra Leone Action Network on Small Arms
Bibiane Aningina Tshefu, Women as Partners for Peace in Africa, DRC
CSW 54th: Women at the Flash Point-2: Security and Governance Concerns
8 March 2010
NGOWG Executive Coordinator Sarah Taylor was a featured speaker at this event, hosted by Gender Concerns International, which focused on UNSCR 1325 and good practices from Afghanistan and neighboring countries. A follow-up to the conferences held in The Hague on 14 January 2010 and in Kabul on 7 July 2009, the event highlighted the impact of recent international security and governance strategies and the challenges posed to Afghan, the regional and the international women’s organizations.
- Sarah Taylor, Executive Coordinator, NGOWG on Women, Peace and Security
Robert Dijksterhuis, Head of Gender Division, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of Dutch Delegation to CSW