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Call for Expression of Interest : Training on UNSCR 2250 on YPS, AU Continental Framework on YPS, and EAC Strategy and Implementation Plan

1.0 Introduction

The Youth, Peace, and Security (YPS) agenda has gained traction in recent years, representing a shift in the understanding of the role young people play in promoting peace and security. UNSCR 2250 is the first international policy framework that acknowledges the positive impact young people have in preventing and resolving conflicts, countering violent extremism, and building peace.

The East African Community (EAC) developed a Strategy and Implementation Plan for Youth Peace and Security (2021-2026) that establishes a legal and political framework for youth development. This document aims to inclusively prepare young people for future leadership roles in managing states. The UNSCR/JPS mandates Member States to implement policies and programs that support youth participation, inclusion, representation, protection, and conflict prevention in all peace and decision-making processes. The African Youth Charter aims to safeguard young people from discrimination and ensure their rights to freedom of movement, expression, religion, property, and other human rights.

The Women’s International Peace Centre has organized a training session for partners from Burundi, DRC, and South Sudan on UNSCR 2250, the AU Continental Framework on YPS, and the EAC Strategy and Implementation Plan for Youth Peace and Security. The workshop will provide a platform for young people to learn, share experiences, and make commitments to address factors contributing to peace and security within the region. Additionally, participants will develop action plans for advocacy within their respective countries. The training will take place on April 22nd to 24th, 2024, in Kampala, Uganda.

Specific objectives of the training:

  • To enhance knowledge and skills on the East African Community Strategy and Implementation Plan in alignment with the AU Continental Results Framework and UNSCR 2250.
  • To raise awareness about the East African Community’s Strategy and Implementation Plan for Youth Peace and Security (2021-2026).
  • To provide a framework for regional consultations regarding the implementation of the East African Community’s Strategy and Implementation Plan for Youth Peace and Security (2021-2026).
  • To develop country-specific action plans to monitor the implementation of the EAC strategy at the country level. 

2.0 Request for Expression of Interest

The Peace Centre invites application for consultants to conduct a training UNSR 2250, the AU Continental framework on YPS and the EAC Strategy and Implementation Plan for Youth Peace and Security for participants from Burundi, DRC and South Sudan.

3.0.  Required Qualification, Skills and Competencies

  1. First Degree or Masters in the field of social sciences, gender and development, conflict and peace studies, development studies, social work and social administration, mass communication or any other relevant subject area.
  2. Demonstrate experience in conducting trainings on peace building, conflict transformation and peace building, with specific understanding on Youth Peace and Security frameworks at National, Regional and International Level.
  3. Strong Communication and Interpersonal skills.

4.0   Application Process

Interested consultants should submit their proposal, curriculum vitae (CV), proposed budget, schedule and a cover letter, clearly marked “Expression of Interest to conduct a training for a training UNSR 2250, the AU Continental framework on YPS and the EAC Strategy and Implementation Plan for Youth Peace and Security ” can be submitted as soft copy through email address procurement@wipc.org on 14th April 2024. Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

Please note; Applicants can apply as a group, individual or institutions/ organizations.

Applications should be sent to:

The Executive Director, Women’s International Peace Centre

Plot 1467, Church Road, Bulindo, Kira, Wakiso

P. O. Box 4934, Kampala, Uganda

Tel: +256 414698684

 

Celebration As Kotido District Launches Its Local Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8, Kotido District launched its Local Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security on 28 March 2024. The much anticipated day of celebration commenced with a parade match with  different members of the local community amounting up to 1500 people, 70% of which were women eagerly matching around the town 

Read More “Celebration As Kotido District Launches Its Local Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.”

Women Leaders Convening to Strategise Inclusion of 35% Quota in Political Party Constitutions and Regulations in South Sudan

During the Women’s Month of MARCH, South Sudanese, women leaders of political parties, civil society coalitions and media houses convened to dialogue on enshrining 35% Quota in the political party constitutions and regulations of their leadership statutes.

The two day meeting took place between the 27th and 28th March 2024, in Juba, the capital of South Sudan.

As a country South Sudan is preparing to hold its first elections since 2011, which are scheduled to be held in December 2024, it enacted the Nation Elections Act 2023 that allocated 35% representation to women.

There have been widespread speculations and doubt as to whether or not South Sudan will be able to hold free and fair elections. Alongside the sceptics, there is enthusiasm for sustainable peace.

One of the meeting objectives was to develop a robust advocacy document for 35% women's inclusion in party manifestos, ensuring sustainable peace and; inclusive governance raising important points such as resource mobilization is essential for women’s success in electoral processes and from grassroots
fundraising to government support.

Sessions included brainstorming innovative strategies to ensure financial backing for women candidates to compete effectively.
Now I pose these questions to you?
How can we strengthen coordination among women in leadership positions?
 Form alliances to advance women's interests
 Stand in solidarity & support one another
 Offer mentorship to women leaders
 Develop inclusive programs for women at all levels.

 Unite for national agendas

Civil Society Organizations Trained to Develop Shadow Report on DRC’s Adherence to UPR Recommendations

 

As the DRC prepares to report on its third phase of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process, The Peace Centre, in collaboration with Cordaid and the Civil Society Platform for Peacebuilding and Statebuilding (CSPPS), recently conducted training sessions for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) across four provinces in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The objective was to collect date data and prepare a CSO shadow report on the country’s adherence to previous Universal Periodic Review (UPR) recommendations.

The training covered four key themes, focusing on issues such as civil space, human rights protection, peace processes, assistance to internally displaced persons, and mechanisms of transitional justice. Over the course of the three-day workshops in Kinshasa, Goma, Bunia, and Bukavu, representatives from at least thirty organizations engaged in discussions and data collection related to these topics.

Through consultations and online sessions, the collected data was further analyzed and enriched by experts. An Adhoc Committee comprising five experts was then tasked with compiling the data into a comprehensive report to be submitted to the United Nations Council for Human Rights.

Find Report Here: UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW

Rapport Alternatif EPU RDC_Mars 2024_Just Future RDCVF (1)

Training Local Leaders on GBV Prevention and Response in Amuria District

In Amuria District, Uganda, we conducted two-day training on Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response for 33 participants from 28th to 29th February.

Aimed at school teachers and local authorities, the training sought to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to identify, prevent, and effectively respond to GBV cases within their communities and educational institutions

The training delved into understanding the various forms and impact of GBV, ranging from sexual harassment to corporal punishment and verbal abuse, which often plague the educational environment. Through interactive sessions and practical workshops, participants explored strategies for developing robust response mechanisms and policies, as well as fostering collaboration with parents and guardians to create safer and more inclusive spaces for children.

Attended by (25) schoolteachers, administrators, and a diverse array of local leaders, including government officials, religious and traditional leaders, health-care professionals, and community-based organizations’ representatives, the program served as a rallying point for collective action against GBV in Amuria District.

In a region where cultural norms, poverty, and a lack of awareness exacerbate the prevalence of GBV, initiatives like this training program are crucial steps towards safeguarding the rights and well-being of children. By aligning local policies with national and international standards on GBV prevention and response, Amuria District is forging a path towards a safer and more equitable future for its young generation.

Empowering Girls: Girls’ Power Camp in Amuria District, Uganda

The Peace Centre hosted a Girls’ Power Camp at Orungo Primary School in Amuria district, with over 300 girls aged 9-13 from 26th to 27th February. Over the course of several days, the camp provided a transformative experience for girls between primary 1 and primary 7, focusing on empowering them with knowledge, skills, and support.

The camp included sessions on essential topics such as menstrual hygiene, mental health, and puberty, aiming to enhance awareness and understanding among the girls. Through interactive activities and discussions, they learned about their bodies and minds, gaining confidence to make informed decisions about their health and well-being.

A highlight of the camp was the emphasis on decision-making and life skills. Through scenario building and group exercises, the girls explored different choices and their potential outcomes, equipping them with valuable skills for navigating life’s challenges.

Another empowering aspect was the creation of personal action plans. Guided by mentors and peers, the girls set goals and outlined steps to achieve them, fostering a sense of purpose and agency among the participants.

The camp also addressed the girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) needs, emphasizing the importance of community support. Discussions highlighted the role of parents, teachers, and community leaders in providing guidance, support, and advocacy for girls’ rights and well-being.

As part of our commitment to girls’ empowerment, the Peace Centre distributed exercise books and pens and other scholastic materials to the girls at the end of the camp, contributing to their educational journey and basic needs.

Overall, the Girls Power Camp in Amuria proved to be a powerful catalyst for positive change, empowering young girls with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to thrive.

 

 

Moroto District Stakeholders Validate Local Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

The validation meeting, held on January 25th, 2024, brought together a diverse array of stakeholders to critically review and refine the LAP, marking a pivotal moment in the district’s journey towards sustainable peace and prosperity.

Attended by religious leaders, cultural representatives, civil society organizations, and key government officials, the validation meeting aimed to incorporate feedback from a broad spectrum of voices, ensuring that the LAP accurately reflected the aspirations and priorities of the Moroto community.

Central to the validation process was the refinement of the LAP’s goal and strategic objectives, which were tailored to address the specific challenges faced by women, youth, and vulnerable populations in Moroto District. The LAP’s strategic objectives were meticulously defined, emphasizing the district’s commitment to reducing livestock theft, cases of gender-based violence (GBV), conflict over natural resources, and enhancing food security at the household level by 2029.

Furthermore, stakeholders proposed strategic interventions aimed at strengthening peace initiatives, GBV systems, resource conflict prevention, and early warning mechanisms. These interventions were carefully crafted to align with the district’s priorities and resources, ensuring their feasibility and effectiveness in addressing key challenges.

The validation meeting also provided an opportunity for stakeholders to make valuable recommendations for enhancing the LAP’s impact and implementation. From mainstreaming messages on the dangers of livestock theft to advocating for compulsory formal education for all children, stakeholders underscored the importance of holistic approaches to peacebuilding and community development.

Looking ahead, the validated LAP will undergo further review by the District Technical Planning Committee (DTPC) and the District Executive Committee (DEC) before being presented to the District Council for final approval. Once adopted, the LAP will serve as a guiding framework for promoting gender equality, peace, and sustainable development in Moroto District.

Stakeholders Validate Napak District’s Local Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security

Napak District on 19th January 2024, conducted a validation meeting to review and refine its Local Action Plan (LAP) on Women, Peace, and Security. The meeting saw active participation from a diverse array of stakeholders, underscoring the community’s collective commitment to promoting gender equality and sustainable development.

The validation meeting, attended by 35 participants, aimed to critically assess the initial draft of the LAP, ensuring that it accurately reflected the needs and aspirations of the Napak community. Participants in the meeting, included religious leaders, cultural representatives, civil society organizations, and women’s rights advocates, who facilitated a comprehensive review process that incorporated a wide range of perspectives and insights.

Throughout the session, participants meticulously examined the LAP document, scrutinizing each element to ensure clarity, accuracy, and relevance. From refining the LAP’s vision, mission, and goal to fine-tuning strategic objectives and interventions, stakeholders actively engaged in shaping a robust and actionable plan for advancing women’s empowerment and peacebuilding initiatives in Napak District.

Modifications were made to various sections of the LAP, including strategic objectives and interventions, reflecting stakeholders’ commitment to crafting a comprehensive and effective action plan. Key revisions included setting more realistic targets, refining strategic interventions, and aligning activities with the district’s priorities and resources.

The validation meeting also provided a platform for stakeholders to share valuable insights and recommendations for enhancing the LAP’s efficacy and impact. From emphasizing the importance of traditional leadership structures in promoting peace to highlighting the interconnectedness of food security and gender-based violence, participants offered invaluable perspectives that will inform the LAP’s implementation and monitoring framework.

Following rigorous deliberations and amendments, the validated LAP document was endorsed for presentation to the District Technical Planning Committee and subsequently forwarded to the District Executive Committee for further review. The culmination of these efforts will see the formal approval and adoption of the Napak LAP, marking a significant milestone in the district’s journey towards creating a peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous community.

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