Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

Global Network of Women Peacebuilders Amplifying women's voices for a more sustainable and inclusive peace.
The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) is a coalition of women’s groups and other civil society organizations from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe and the Middle East and Arab World, mostly from conflict-affected countries. GNWP Board, management and staff are experts in advocating for women’s leadership to be at the core of all efforts in peacebuilding, conflict prevention and sustaining peace. It has demonstrated impact in bringing local voices to influence global policies on women’s rights, peace and security; and in translating global policies into practical actions that improve the lives of local populations.

07/13/2019
tongil.snu.ac.kr

An outstanding piece of writing on the value of peace education by our Board member Jasmin Nario-Galace Read and be inspired!

07/12/2019
Will the UN & World Bank Continue to Lag Behind Europe in Ending Male Leadership? | Inter Press Service

We love hearing Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, former Under-Secretary-General and UN High Representative, speak about the importance of increasing women’s participation at “all decision-making levels” 👏👏 He writes that in order to appoint more women to positions of power in the UN, World Bank and IMF, we need a “major overhaul in view of the widespread change in global political and economic scene” 👍 Thank you Ambassador— Let’s ALL be #Feminists!! #WomenBuildPeace

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 10 2019 (IPS) - The nominations of Christine Lagarde of France as the first woman to head the European Central Bank (ECB) and Ursula von der Leyen of Germany as the first woman to lead the 28-nation European Commission, have been described as significant landmarks in the higher e...

07/11/2019
International Peace Institute

🚨LIVE NOW🚨 Tune in to hear our very own Young Women for Peace and Leadership - YWPL’s members, Bianca E. Pabotoy and Soda Garcia, speaking at the Voice of #SDG16+ Stories of Global Action! Showcasing stories of peace actors’ innovative justice work, #YouthPeacebuilding, and #WomensParticipation for inclusive decision making! Watch here:
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https://www.facebook.com/IPInst/videos/2342158742544461/

Leave your questions for the panelists in the comments.

Our young women are ready for the #HLPF0219! 🤩🙌 Soda Garcia and Bianca E. Pabotoy, two of our Young Women for Peace and ...
07/11/2019

Our young women are ready for the #HLPF0219! 🤩🙌 Soda Garcia and Bianca E. Pabotoy, two of our Young Women for Peace and Leadership - YWPL members in the Philippines, will be speaking today at the “Voices of SDG16+: Stories of Global Action” Public Policy Forum. Join them if you want to find out more about our YWPL program in the Philippines! 🤓 #Youth4Peace

🚨🚨New Article Alert🚨🚨Check out this article about what human rights lawyers had to say about what they deemed a "problem...
07/08/2019
Human-Rights Lawyers React to a UN Official's Definition of Rape

🚨🚨New Article Alert🚨🚨

Check out this article about what human rights lawyers had to say about what they deemed a "problematic definition of rape," in an open letter📝 responding to UN official Nils Melzer!! 👏🙌

A group of several hundred international human-rights lawyers reacted to a first-person opinion piece published by the United Nations expert on torture that "had a problematic definition of rape," according to the lawyers' open letter,

🚨🚨Report alert🚨🚨Peace Direct and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) have released an important report cont...
07/08/2019
www.peacedirect.org

🚨🚨Report alert🚨🚨
Peace Direct and the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY) have released an important report contributing to the advancement of the Youth, Peace and Security (#YPS) Agenda.
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The report is the outcome of an online consultation jointly conducted with UNOY Peacebuilders in April 2019, with over 140 participants and guest contributors who exchanged insights and local experiences on YPS across three thematic categories:
1️⃣ Deconstructing the role of youth in peacebuilding
2️⃣ Moving towards empowerment and #YouthInclusion
3️⃣ Investing in youth peacebuilding capacities #Youth4Peace
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Read the report in full ⬇️

An utmost honor to work with these women and men who are helping countless others displaced by the war in Eastern Ukrain...
07/05/2019

An utmost honor to work with these women and men who are helping countless others displaced by the war in Eastern Ukraine. #Localization of Security Council Resolution 1325.
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UN Women Ukraine Розвиток демократії / Democracy Development Український Жіночий Фонд / Ukrainian Women's Fund Запорізький благодійний фонд "Єдність" за майбутнє" / Unity for the Future Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

07/04/2019
Enhanced Integrated Framework

Our Young Women for Peace and Leadership - YWPL are making waves! Yesterday, Noella Muhamiriza of #DRC spoke at the World Trade Organization - WTO's Diversifying Exports in Fragile #LDCs panel! Thank you to Enhanced Integrated Framework for having GNWP's #YWPL again this year. 🙌
Watch live feed➡️ https://www.facebook.com/eif4ldcs/videos/472129696937412/ #Youth4Peace

LIVE: "Diversifying exports in fragile LDCs: Action for peace and poverty reduction", with partners e.g. USAID - US Agency for International Development, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, DFID - UK Department for International Development, among others!

#aid4trade #InclusiveTrade

Learning, learning and learning 🤓📝 Hidehiko Yamash*ta, one of our superstar interns, had the honor of meeting and chatti...
07/03/2019

Learning, learning and learning 🤓📝 Hidehiko Yamash*ta, one of our superstar interns, had the honor of meeting and chatting with Dr. Betty Reardon, a member of GNWP's International Advisory Council, at the Creators of Peace event hosted last Friday by Sokka Gakkai International in New York. Dr. Reardon, whose work in women's rights has been internationally recognized, is the Founding Director Emeritus of the International Institute on Peace Education (IIPE) and a #UNESCO honoree for #PeaceEducation 🕊. We are so glad that our interns take advantage of these amazing opportunities! 🙌🤩

🚨New Podcast Alert🚨On this episode of GNWP Talks– Ambassador Anwarul Chowdury, former president of the UN Security Counc...
07/02/2019
Episode 21: We Should All Be Feminists

🚨New Podcast Alert🚨

On this episode of GNWP Talks– Ambassador Anwarul Chowdury, former president of the UN Security Council, discusses with our interns Hidehiko Yamash*ta and Shivi Thakur how to turn words into action on the upcoming 20th anniversary of #UNSCR1325 🕊 and the importance of meaningful participation of women regarding #PeaceandSecurity!

Ambassador Chowdury is a proud #feminist and thinks everyone should be one too👏🙌
#WomenBuildPeace #GNWPTalks

Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/gnwp/episode-21-we-should-all-be-feminists

In this episode, Shivi Thakur and Hidehiko Yamash*ta, two Global Network of Women Peacebuilders interns, have an interesting discussion with Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdury, former President of the Sec

07/02/2019
Noella Muhamiriza Preview

🤩Tune in tomorrow to hear GNWP’s very own Noella Muhamiriza, a Young Woman for Peace and Leadership, from #DRConogo talk about how to empower women through trade🤩

Her event is titled "Diversifying Exports in Fragile #LDCs", it is part of the #aid4trade Global Review with Enhanced Integrated Framework and we can’t wait to hear what she has to say!! #WomenBuildPeace👏💪

When: July 3, 16:30-17:30
Where: Room E, World Trade Organization

🚨Publication alert! 🚨 Check out "The Role of UNSCR 1325 in Peace Negotiations and Reconstruction Processes: How Have Wom...
07/01/2019
gnwp.org

🚨Publication alert! 🚨 Check out "The Role of UNSCR 1325 in Peace Negotiations and Reconstruction Processes: How Have Women Benefitted from the Resolution in the Mindanao Peace Process?" now on our website!
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Shalini Medepalli is a Research & Advocacy Intern with GNWP since 2018. Her paper addresses how the inclusion of women in the Mindanao Peace Process deviates from the usual international patterns in women's participation in peace and reconstruction processes as a result of national attitudes in the Philippines 🇵🇭.

Keep up the excellent work Shalini!! #WomenBuildPeace

Read her full paper here:
https://gnwp.org/wp-content/uploads/SMedepalli_UNSCR1325_Philippines_PeaceProcess-June-2019.pdf

Yesterday we had the honor of receiving Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, a major figure in the peace negotiations in the...
06/27/2019

Yesterday we had the honor of receiving Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, a major figure in the peace negotiations in the Philippines 🇵🇭, in our office! In 2014, she signed the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), becoming the first woman to ever serve in a chief negotiating role and sign a final peace accord with a rebel group 🙌. Professor Coronel-Ferrer and the team had an enriching discussion on the challenges for integrating more women into high-level #PeaceNegotiations 🕊 #WomenBuildPeace

"Including women in the peace negotiations offers a unique opportunity to emphasize their courage and overcome the histo...
06/27/2019

"Including women in the peace negotiations offers a unique opportunity to emphasize their courage and overcome the historic inequality between women and men in Colombia" 🤩🤩 Meet Vanessa Liévano, an expert in the implementation of #Localization1325 and a member of Red Nacional de Mujeres Colombia. Vanessa's work is more important than ever, since the current administration refuses to draft a National Action Plan (#NAP) to effectively implement the #UNSCR1325. As she explains, peace 🕊 will only be achieved in Colombia 🇨🇴 if women and girls are included in the negotiations and if their rights are fully recognized by the government, both locally and nationally. #PeacebuildingStories

June 26th marks the International Day in Support of #VictimsofTorture, a day to call on all stakeholders, including UN M...
06/26/2019

June 26th marks the International Day in Support of #VictimsofTorture, a day to call on all stakeholders, including UN Member States, civil society and individuals , to unite in support of the hundreds of thousands of people 👥 around the world who have been victims of torture and those who are still tortured today and every other day.

Our superstar interns hard at work today interviewing Ambassador Chowdhury, former Ambassador for Bangladesh to the UN. ...
06/25/2019

Our superstar interns hard at work today interviewing Ambassador Chowdhury, former Ambassador for Bangladesh to the UN.
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Stay tuned for their podcast on #UNSCR1325 & the way forward.

June 19th was the International Day for the Elimination of #SexualViolence in Conflict, but #women and children around t...
06/25/2019
In the Central African Republic, War's Most Forgotten Victims

June 19th was the International Day for the Elimination of #SexualViolence in Conflict, but #women and children around the world are still suffering 🚨 Armed groups in the Central African Republic 🇨🇫 continue to use #rape and sexual violence against civilians, and this goes virtually unchecked. In May, the national government signed a pledge “to tackle sexual violence by armed groups (...) bringing attackers to justice and providing necessary services for survivors”. Now the agreement is being put to the test...
Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/2J4q9u7

I can't stop thinking about Marie. She was 30 years old when I met her in 2015. Two years earlier, six fighters armed with rifles and machetes burst into her home in the capital of

06/24/2019
www.europarl.europa.eu

A study📑 commissioned by the European Parliament Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs uses data on the implementation of #Resolution1325 to show how strategies for #peace that include women and girls “increase the durability and the quality of peace” 👏🙌💪 The study also suggests that international backers should award agents “waging the peace”🕊, NOT those who wage war!!😍 Read the full report here: https://bit.ly/2NapfkW #WomenBuildPeace

GNWP is in Colombia! 🇨🇴When women are enabled to participate, they lead, they shine, they build and sustain peace! 🙌They...
06/22/2019

GNWP is in Colombia! 🇨🇴
When women are enabled to participate, they lead, they shine, they build and sustain peace!
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They make life better for everyone. #MujeresParaLaPaz #Localizing1325

Since 2018, GNWP has been working closely with Rohingya refugees settled in Bangladesh. The Girl Ambassadors For Peace (...
06/20/2019

Since 2018, GNWP has been working closely with Rohingya refugees settled in Bangladesh. The Girl Ambassadors For Peace (#GA4P) program in Cox’s Bazar has been actively organizing workshops on economic empowerment, literacy and numeracy training, and theater 🎭. Thanks to these workshops, Rohingya people have learned how to conduct market research 📈 and develop a strategic plan for a seasonal pickle-making business. 📖📈🌟 #WorldRefugeeDay

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark” -Warsan Shire 🏚 Did you know❓The #Rohingya have faced many year...
06/20/2019

“No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark” -Warsan Shire 🏚 Did you know❓The #Rohingya have faced many years of discrimination and repression under successive Burmese governments. 🇲🇲 Deprived of citizenship under the 1982 Citizenship Law, they are one of the largest stateless populations in the world. 👥 As a consequence of systematic discrimination, over a million Rohingya people have been forced to flee their homes. #WorldRefugeeDay

Today, June 20, marks #WorldRefugeeDay, a day of recognizing individuals and families around the world who leave thousan...
06/20/2019

Today, June 20, marks #WorldRefugeeDay, a day of recognizing individuals and families around the world who leave thousands of terrible memories 💭 behind in the hope of finding safety and a better tomorrow. “To be called a refugee is the opposite of an insult; it is a badge of strength, courage, and victory.” 🙌🏽✨

"It is imperative to end violence against women in Colombia 🇨🇴, increase their participation in politics, and include th...
06/20/2019

"It is imperative to end violence against women in Colombia 🇨🇴, increase their participation in politics, and include them in the peace process". 🤩🤩 Meet Beatriz Quintero, a passionate #feminist activist and the coordinator of Red Nacional de Mujeres Colombia (RNM), a network of more than 63 Colombian organizations from 14 cities that was created in 1991 with the goal of including #women in the reform process of the Constitution 📜. Since then, RNM has played a remarkable role in empowering Colombian women and defending their rights. #WomenBuildPeace

📣🚨 World Pulse has released its new report on Women, Peace and Security (#WPS)! 🚨📣 'The Future of Security is Women' emp...
06/19/2019
www.worldpulse.com

📣🚨 World Pulse has released its new report on Women, Peace and Security (#WPS)! 🚨📣

'The Future of Security is Women' emphasizes the ways women are redefining security by highlighting their security concerns and priorities, their accounts of how violence affects their lives, and their recommendations for including more women in security efforts.
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Women are often on the frontlines of conflict not just as victims or combatants, but as powerful agents of change and peace 🕊. And yet, despite it being nearly 20 years since the passage of UN Security Council #Resolution1325, which mandated women’s inclusion in peace processes, women remain on the outside of peace and security decision-making.

Read the full report here: https://urlzs.com/oJmfG

In 2015, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the 19th of June as the International Day for the Elimination of #SexualViol...
06/19/2019

In 2015, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the 19th of June as the International Day for the Elimination of #SexualViolence in Conflict, a horrible crime used in the war field as a weapon to terrorize communities and obtain political, economic and territorial gains. UN Security Council #Resolution1820 condemns this practice ❌, and declares that "rape and other forms of sexual violence can constitute war crimes, crimes against humanity or a constitutive act with respect to genocide".
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GNWP is strongly committed to the eradication of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV), supporting National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security (#WPS) and emphasizing the key role played by women in peace and security processes. 🙌🙏

🚨🚨GNWP NEEDS YOUR HELP!🚨🚨We want to know what YOU think 💭! Take a couple of minutes to answer this question and help us ...
06/18/2019

🚨🚨GNWP NEEDS YOUR HELP!🚨🚨

We want to know what YOU think 💭! Take a couple of minutes to answer this question and help us find new ways of building #SustainablePeace in conflict-affected countries. Your feedback matters a lot to us 🙏🙏

Terrorist groups increasingly target women and girls; therefore integrating #gender into the formulation and implementat...
06/18/2019

Terrorist groups increasingly target women and girls; therefore integrating #gender into the formulation and implementation of antiterrorism strategies is critical. Thanks, Nur Aisyah, for raising awareness of this reality! 🙌🙌🙌 #Youth4Peace

"Women and children must get special protection during wars, especially when they are threatened to become suicide bombers in terrorist attacks". 🤩🤩 Meet Nur Aisyah Maullidah, a young woman from Lamongan, Indonesia 🇮🇩 who joined the #GA4P / #YWPL in order to encourage #women to play a more active role in the fight against #terrorism in her country. As she explains, women and children in Indonesia are at risk of being indoctrinated by radical individuals, who don't hesitate to murder those who refuse to participate in terrorist attacks. In countries affected by conflict, women and children must be given special protection, a right that is effectively recognized by the United Nations Security Council in Resolutions 1325, 1820 and 2250. #YoungPeaceStories

We celebrate and honor Dr. Betty Reardon, a member of GNWP's International Advisory Council on her 90th birthday and lau...
06/17/2019

We celebrate and honor Dr. Betty Reardon, a member of GNWP's International Advisory Council on her 90th birthday and launch of her new book!!!

"There is a G-7 and a G-77, and then you have the 777!"🙌⬇️This afternoon we had the honor of hosting Former Ambassador A...
06/14/2019

"There is a G-7 and a G-77, and then you have the 777!"
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This afternoon we had the honor of hosting Former Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury in the office! As the former President of the Security Council, he contributed to the political and conceptual breakthrough which led to the adoption of the groundbreaking #Resolution1325 on Women, Peace and Security (#WPS) 🙌.
During our lunch discussion, Ambassador Chowdhury discussed some key gaps on the path to #GenderEquality, such as the lack of available funding 💸 for NGOs and women's civil society, and he also recalled the historic importance of the building in which GNWP's office is located:
"Many political and social movements have unfolded here, on 777 United Nations Plaza, including the East Timor solidarity movement and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. This is THE building of the NGOs! You work in a really iconic location!"
Thanks for stopping by, Ambassador! We were very honored by your visit. 🙏

Congratulations to our dear friend Jacqueline O'Neill on her appointment as Canada's 1st Ambassador for Women, Peace & S...
06/14/2019
Trudeau appoints first ambassador to advance women, peace and security | CBC News

Congratulations to our dear friend Jacqueline O'Neill on her appointment as Canada's 1st Ambassador for Women, Peace & Security! Looking forward to stronger partnership in translating the words of 1325 & the supporting WPS resolutions into action!

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has appointed Canada's first ambassador for women, peace and security.

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