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Project ID 00101874 Description UNA045 UNWOMEN
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UN Action Agst Sexual Violence
Start Date *: 9 Sep 2016
Theme
UN Action Against Sexual Viole
Project status On Going
Country United Nations Participating Organization   UNWOMEN - UNWOMEN
About

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG), a project of Tides Center,  is the only actor of its kind working on women, peace and security issues at UN Headquarters, providing both regular expert policy guidance on women, peace and security, and monitoring the Security Council’s work on this issue. Its members work on every level of decision-making from local to international and undertake activities ranging from advocacy to humanitarian assistance.

The strength of the NGOWG lies in channelling women’s voices and concerns from conflict-affected areas to the highest levels of international policy-making to create broad and meaningful changes to improve women’s lives.  By harnessing NGO members’ networks with women’s groups from conflict-affected areas, the NGOWG represents a rare and important linkage between women in conflict-affected regions and United Nations policy-makers.

The overarching strategy of the NGOWG is based on the firm belief that providing Member States and UN actors with ongoing expertise and policy guidance and making them the target of sustained advocacy efforts increases the likelihood of consistent and systematic implementation of the women peace and security commitments laid out in SCRs 1325 (2000), 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), 2122 (2013) and 2242 (2015). The public and thorough monitoring the NGOWG undertakes on the Security Council’s implementation of these commitments is a mechanism by which civil society and other stakeholders can hold the Security Council accountable for its actions.

Sexual violence in conflict, which can be seen as a failure to implement all elements of the full women, peace and security agenda, requires urgent action on key areas, including women’s participation and equality; prevention; response; accountability; and resourcing. Our advocacy on issues related to CRSV focus on calling for survivor centred responses and the importance of supporting and ensuring local women’s organizations have the capacity to provide medical, psychosocial and legal services to survivors. We also focus on calling for women’s participation, alongside local women’s organizations, in community-based protection strategies and longer term preventative measures. 

Our priority countries of focus include all of those listed in the latest report of the Secretary-General on Conflict-related sexual violence (S/2016/361), as well as the UN Action Strategic Framework 2015-2016:  Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Myanmar, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

 

This proposal is for support to ensure we have the capacity in our office to undertake activities in the following areas:

 

Women human rights defenders: Advocacy strategy development and support for human rights defenders on country-specific and thematic advocacy in NYC, including at UN Security Council open debates on women, peace and security.

Historically, the NGOWG has been invited to serve as the civil society speaker at open debates on both women, peace and security and conflict-related sexual violence. Over the last ten years, women human rights defenders from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, Iraq, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, Mali, Libya, and Cote d’Ivoire have spoken on behalf of the NGOWG at the UN Security Council open debates, highlighting issues such as: the systematic and widespread violations of women’s rights, proposed ways forward for addressing the concerns of survivors, and called attention to extraordinary levels of impunity for perpetrators

 

In 2016, we are supporting the civil society speaker at the UN Security Council open debate on conflict-related sexual violence in June 2016 and hope to support a speaker at the annual open debate on women, peace and security in October 2016.

 

Policy recommendations and guidance: Development and distribution of regular policy guidance and recommendations for Member States and UN stakeholders on strengthening implementation and integration of women, peace and security in the regular work of the UN Security Council and in peacekeeping and political missions.

The primary vehicle for public policy guidance is the NGOWG’s Monthly Action Points (MAPs), which are distributed to thousands of colleagues around the world on a monthly basis. Over the last year, the NGOWG issued recommendations on the situations in: Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Central African region, Central African Republic, Haiti, Lebanon, Burundi; Cyprus; Iraq; Sudan (Abyei), and Syria. In addition, the NGOWG leverages other advocacy opportunities, including informally briefing sanctions committees, participation in high-level panels, and workshops, in order to advocate for strengthening the response to CRSV, with a particular emphasis on civil society engagement.

In 2016, the NGOWG will publish the MAP every month and continue to draw attention to ongoing violations of women’s rights by utilizing information provided by civil society partners at national and local levels. The NGOWG is particularly focused on advocating for comprehensive justice strategies, accountability for sexual exploitation and abuse, and calling for deployment and training for qualified WPAs in all peacekeeping and political missions.

 

Monitoring, analysis and accountability: Public monitoring and analysis of the work of the UN Security Council with an aim to hold the Security Council accountable for its obligations to improve reporting, analysis and inclusion of women, peace and security in its regular work.

The NGOWG undertakes comprehensive gender analysis of the extent to which normative commitments to the inclusion and participation of women in peacemaking and peacebuilding are reflected in the regular work of the Council, as evidenced most importantly in its bi-annual mandates (i.e. detailed action instructions) for UN missions in conflict situations and regular reporting from peacekeeping and political operations. Over the past year, the NGOWG analysed more than 150 reports, resolutions and presidential statements.

In 2016, the NGOWG will continue to analyse relevant reports, resolutions and presidential statements with a particular emphasis on highlighting and tracking inclusion of information as requested in SCRs 2106 (2013), 2122 (2013) and 2242 (2015). All analysis will be posted publically on the NGOWG’s new website, which will be launched in June 2016.

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If you have questions about this programme you may wish to contact the RC office in United Nations or the lead agency for the programme.

The person with GATEWAY access rights to upload and maintain documents for the programme:

  • Laura Martin, Programme Analyst; Telephone: 1 914 924 4263; Email: martinl@un.org
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