Embracing Transformation: The Journey of the Care Hub Retreat

In November 2023, a unique gathering unfolded by the serene backdrop of nature, marking a pivotal moment for a diverse group of individuals. The Care Hub Retreat, a meticulously designed experience, was more than an event; it was a transformational journey that delved deep into the realms of personal growth, emotional intelligence, and holistic well-being.

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Communique for the Annual Women’s Conference on Women Peace and Security

In a significant stride towards fostering inclusivity and democracy in South Sudan, the 3rd Annual National Conference on Women, Peace, and Security was recently concluded at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Juba. The conference, held from October 25-26, 2023, brought together South Sudanese women leaders from all ten states and various partners. Under the theme “Building Inclusive Democracy: Women’s Leadership and Political Participation,”

The event yielded a joint communiqué outlining pivotal recommendations and initiatives aimed at empowering women in the political sphere.

Acknowledging Collaborative Efforts: The conference recognized the collaborative efforts of organizations such as Eve Organization, the National Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare, Cordaid, Plan International, Christian Aid, HealthNet TPO,  PAX and the Women’s International Peace Centre. Their successful organization of the event facilitated dialogue among over 200 delegates from South Sudan’s ten states.

Key Recommendations:

  1. Political Participation: Urging for expedited implementation of transitional security arrangements, the communiqué emphasizes the deployment of unified forces and payment of their salaries to ensure a safe environment for elections. Additionally, the reconstitution and operationalization of key bodies like the Political Parties Council and the National Constitutional Review Commission are stressed to ensure women’s inclusion.
  2. Legislative Support: The document highlights the importance of passing key bills, including the Women Enterprise Fund Bill and the Anti Gender Based Violence Bill, to protect women’s rights. It also calls for the Ministry of Interior to facilitate national ID acquisition for women and support their political participation through resources and initiatives.
  3. International Collaboration: Donors, UN agencies, and INGOs are urged to support women’s organizations financially, specifically during the constitution-making and electoral processes. Establishing funds for civic education, monitoring elections, and responding to gender-based violence incidents were emphasized.
  4. Civil Society Initiatives: Civil society organizations are encouraged to intensify civic education, advocate for the passing of crucial bills, organize conferences to reconcile women from different political backgrounds, and bridge the gap between senior and young women leaders through dialogues and mentorship programs.

Looking Ahead: The communiqué reflects a collective commitment to closing the gender gap in South Sudan’s political landscape. By empowering women, fostering inclusivity, and addressing systemic challenges, the nation takes a significant step towards building a democratic society where every voice matters. Through collaborative efforts and targeted initiatives, South Sudanese women are poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the country’s future.

Download Full Communique : Final-Communique-Annual Women’s Conference-Oct-2023

National Conference of Women leaders on Women, Peace and Security – South Sudan

In a resounding display of unity and determination, over 200 South Sudanese women leaders, alongside representatives from diverse sectors, gathered on October 25-26, 2023  in Juba for the 3rd Annual National Conference on Women, Peace, and Security. Against the backdrop of the conference’s theme, “Building Inclusive Democracy: Women’s Leadership and Political Participation,” the women articulated a powerful vision for a more democratic and inclusive South Sudan.

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#CeasefireNow: Open Call for an Immediate Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel to Prevent a Humanitarian Catastrophe and Further Loss of Innocent Lives

#CeasefireNow: Open Call for an Immediate Ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel to Prevent a Humanitarian Catastrophe and Further Loss of Innocent Lives

We have witnessed unfathomable death and destruction in the Gaza Strip and Israel. Thousands of people have been killed, injured, displaced, and nearly two hundred remain held hostage, including children and elderly.

In Gaza, the UN has said that water, food, fuel, medical supplies, and even body bags, are running out due to the siege. The UN warned that people – particularly young children – will soon start dying of severe dehydration. Neighbourhoods have been destroyed and turned into complete rubble. Palestinians in search of safety have nowhere to go. Many of those who relocated from northern Gaza to the south after the relocation order by the Israeli army were reportedly bombed as they attempted to flee or once they arrived in southern Gaza.

The events of the last week have led us to the precipice of a humanitarian catastrophe and the world can no longer wait to act. It is our collective responsibility.

On Sunday, October 15th, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator to the Occupied Palestinian Territory appealed to all parties to the conflict, and to Member States with influence, to urgently agree to a humanitarian ceasefire.

Today, we put our voices together and call on all Heads of State, the UN Security Council, and actors on the ground, to prioritize the preservation of human life above all else. During this ceasefire, we call on all parties to unconditionally:

  1. Facilitate the delivery of lifesaving assistance, including food, medical supplies, fuel, and the resumption of electricity and internet to Gaza, in addition to safe passage of humanitarian and medical staff
  2. Free all civilian hostages, especially children and elderly
  3. Allow humanitarian convoys to reach UN facilities, schools, hospitals, and health facilities in northern Gaza and commit to protecting them along with the civilians and staff inside them at all times
  4. Rescind orders by the Government of Israel for civilians to depart northern Gaza
  5. Allow patients in critical condition to be medically evacuated for urgent care

The UN Security Council, the UN Secretary General and all world leaders with influence must take immediate action to ensure a ceasefire comes into effect. It remains our only option to avert further loss of civilian life and humanitarian catastrophe. Anything less will forever be a stain on our collective conscience.

Civilians are not bargaining chips. Families need a chance to bury and mourn their dead. The cycle of violence against innocent civilians needs to stop.

Implementing the Maputo Protocol Towards the Women, Peace and Security Agenda

Parallel Session at the Maputo Protocol @20 Anniversary, Nairobi – Kenya Dates: 11 July 2023

Women’s International Peace Centre in collaboration with Oxfam International convened a parallel session at the 20th anniversary commemoration of the ground-breaking AU Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol). The objectives of the event were twofold. First, the session provided a unique platform for civil society organisations (CSOs) to examine the progress, challenges and opportunities in the implementation of the Maputo Protocol, with a particular focus on Article 10 on the Right to Peace and Article 11 on the Protection of Women in Armed Conflict.

Secondly, the session underscored the importance of advancing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda within the SOAWR[1] coalition considering recent crises, such as the Sudan conflict which has vividly demonstrated how women comprise the highest proportion of marginalised individuals exposed to conflict-related sexual violence and various forms of gender-based violence. The session sought to shed light on these pressing issues, reiterating their critical nature and pushing for the inclusion of the WPS Agenda at the top tier of the SOAWR coalition’s agenda.

This report provides a summary of the perspectives and insights shared during the meeting, identifying common trends across Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and at the regional level and highlights recommendations for collectively advancing women’s peace and security in Africa.

Download : WIPC_Report_Maputo Protocol@20 Anniversary Event

Call for Expression of Interest to Review the Training Manual on Conflict Prevention, Transformation and Peace Building.

1.0       Background

Women’s International Peace Centre (The Peace Centre) is a feminist organization dedicated to igniting women’s leadership, amplifying their voices, and deepening their activism to (re) create peace. We champion the “Women, Peace and Security” agenda anchored on the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325), Sustainable Development Goals 5 & 16 and related frameworks.

In 2020, the Peace Centre developed a Training Manual themed “Championing a Culture of Peace.” This manual emerged from the urgent need to structurally prevent conflicts, endorse harmonious democratic interactions, and advance women-driven peace-building measures. This manual was tailored to offer tools and knowledge for early warning, conflict transformation, and fostering a culture of peaceful elections in Uganda.

2.0       The Call for Expression of Interest

 Presently, the Peace Centre is implementing a project, ‘’Nurturing a culture of peace and tolerance in Uganda’’ which is active across multiple districts. The project’s core objective is to amplify women’s involvement, foster social unity, and diminish community conflicts. Additionally, it emphasizes preventing and mitigating both natural and human-induced disasters.

The Peace Centre seeks applications from competent and qualified individuals to refine our training manual.

2.1       Objectives of the assignment

  • Integrate contemporary themes relevant to the current socio-political landscape.
  • Ensure alignment of the manual’s content with the evolving context of peacebuilding.
  • Introduce essential elements that are pivotal to effective peace-building initiatives.

2.2       Scope

The selected individual will:

  • Conduct a comprehensive review of the existing project documents to fully understand the context and demands of the assignment.
  • Critically analyze the current training manual, highlighting areas of improvement and omission.
  • Develop a refined training manual that encapsulates the stipulated objectives, ensuring it is updated, contextual, and actionable for the targeted audience.

The training curriculum will encompass various themes, including:

  1. Gender and its Role in Peace Building.
  2. Comprehensive Peace Building and Conflict Transformation, encompassing mediation, negotiation, conflict monitoring, analysis, reporting, referral pathways, conflict early warning and early response, and safeguarding women human rights defenders.
  3. The intricacies of Transitional Justice Processes.
  4. The “Women Situation Room Mechanism” for proactive intervention and management of election-related violence.
  5. Strategies for Climate Change Resilience, Disaster Prevention, and Reduction.
  6. Empowerment and Gender Sensitivity in Peace Committees.
  7. Prioritizing Wellness and Self-care in the Peace Process.

2.3       Approach and Methodology

The consultant is expected to employ a participatory approach by:

  • Engaging with key stakeholders from the Peace Centre.
  • Conducting focus group discussions or workshops to gather feedback on the manual.
  • Bench-marking against best practices in the field of Conflict Prevention, Transformation, and Peace Building.

3.0       Key Deliverables

  • A comprehensive review report of the current manual detailing strengths, gaps, and recommendations.
  • A refined training manual on Conflict Prevention, Transformation, and Peace Building, incorporating feedback and integrating contemporary themes.
  • A short presentation or workshop session sharing insights and the revised aspects of the manual with The Peace Centre.

4.0       Required Qualifications, Skills and Competencies

  1. A Master’s degree in the fields of law, social sciences, gender and development, mass communication, environment, conflict studies, education, or other relevant disciplines.
  2. Demonstrated experience in peace-building initiatives, particularly in curriculum or manual development.
  3. Exceptional written and oral communication skills.
  4. Adept at critical, innovative, and analytical thinking.
  5. Strong passion for continuous learning and professional development.
  6. Proven time management skills with the ability to meet tight deadlines.

5.0      Guiding Principles and Values

Bidders should elucidate the ethical standards they intend to adhere to. They should demonstrate their commitment to producing work of high quality, relevance, and accuracy. Moreover, bidders should be ready to propose additional performance metrics, ensuring the deliverables not only meet but exceed the Peace Centre’s expectations.

6.0      Time Schedule

The duration of the assignment is (20) working days including all the preparation, reviewing of the manual, developing of the revised manual and submission of the final manual. The assignment is estimated to be undertaken between 30th October 2023 and 24th November 2023.

4.0       Application and Selection Process

The Consultant to carry out the assignment will be selected according to the “Open Tendering” method, following the procedures, templates and instructions of The Peace Centre’s “Standard Request for Proposals for Consultancy Services”.

Applicants will be required to submit a Technical and Financial proposal. Proposals will be evaluated using the principle of Quality and Cost Based Selection, with a weight of 80% given to the Technical Proposal and a weight of 20% given to the Financial Proposal.

Applications should be sent in a PDF document. If it is not possible to save the entry as a PDF document, it may be sent as a Microsoft Word document, with the file name to include the name or initials of the bidder, plus ‘EOI to Review Peace building Manual’.

The subject for submission of soft copy via the email to procurement@wipc.org is Review of the Training Manual on Conflict Prevention, Transformation and Peace Building’’.

Applications can also be physically delivered to Women’s International Peace Centre, Plot 1467 Church Road, Bulindo, Kira, Wakiso.  The closing date for receiving both the Technical and Financial proposals is on 3rd November 2023 at 17:00 – East African Time (EAT). Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

 

Voices from South Kivu: Associations of Victims of Mass Crimes, Conflict Related Sexual Violence and Children born Out of Rape Meet AU Special Envoy on WPS to Advocate for Peace and Justice

Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has been a land marred by decades of conflict, instability, and the devastating consequences of war. Among the countless stories of resilience and hope emerging from this region, one group stands out – the associations of victims of serious crimes and conflicts, along with the children born of rape, in someites of South Kivu.

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Why Is the Maputo Protocol Important to women of South Sudan?

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South Sudan’s President, H.E. Salva Kiir, signed the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol), one of the most advanced treaties on the protection of women’s and girls’ rights anywhere in the world into law on 24th February 2023 which was later launched on 16 July 2023 in the country.

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