Championing A Culture of Peace: A Training Toolkit on Conflict Prevention, Transformation and Peace Building

The Curriculum builds on lessons learned by the Eminent Women in the WSR-Uganda Uganda (2016), whose work confirmed that a culture of peaceful elections needs to be inculcated in the country. Uganda needs structural conflict prevention, and not just respond to violence outbreaks that arise prior, during and after elections.

This Curriculum serves as one of the institutional mechanism to provide content, process and tools for Early Warning, Early Response and Conflict Transformation work. The Curriculum has also been customized to develop knowledge products for different stakeholders to enhance their skills and attitude to effectively promote governance, peace and development that is gender-responsive.

Championing A Culture of Peace_A Training Toolkit on Conflict Prevention Transformation and Peace Building

20 Years of Grassroots Women Building Peace

The Peace Centre hosted a 3-day exchange visit with 40 women peacebuilders from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan & Uganda, living as refugees in Uganda to reflect on the past 20 years of implementing the Women Peace and Security agenda.

Discussions during the visit focused on progress, challenges, and opportunities to advance implementation, in a way that addresses the priorities of displaced women. They also exchanged practical experiences, good practices and strategies to support the work of women mediator networks of Adjumani, Yumbe and Kotido.

This report documents the voices and impact stories of women, including young women, who are taking leadership in advancing the women peace and security agenda and contributed to COVID-19 in their communities.

20 Years of Grassroots Women Building Peace Report

20 Years Of Implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 On Women Peace and Security in South Sudan Research Brief

This study identifies key achievements in line with the advancement of the women, peace and security agenda, the challenges and recommended actions for future intervention in relation to the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women in South Sudan.

20 Years Of Implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 On Women Peace and Security in South Sudan Research Brief

20 Years Of Implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 On Women Peace and Security in South Sudan

In 2020, The Peace Centre undertook a research study to critically assess the progress made, successes and challenges encountered in line with the implementation of the South Sudan National Action Plan (SSNAP) on UNSCR 1325.

The study identifies key achievements in line with the advancement of the women, peace and security agenda, the challenges and recommended actions for future intervention in relation to the promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women in South Sudan. The study which also integrates issues of youth, peace and security agenda seeks to provide recommendations for policy and programmatic interventions to accelerate the implementation of the SSNAP.

20 Years Of Implementing the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 On Women Peace and Security in South Sudan Research Report

Call for Articles for the Feminist Peace Series Magazine 2nd Edition

Background

Women’s International Peace Centre (The Peace Centre) is a feminist organization with a mission to ignite women’s leadership, through amplifying women’s voices and deepening their activism to (re)create peace.   We are committed to making information available for women to influence decision-making in the peace process. Since 1996, The Peace Centre has researched and documented the critical yet often-neglected experiences and perspectives of women in conflict and post-conflict in Africa and Asia generating important data and information to influence policies and practice. We are committed to making information available for women to influence decision making in peace processes.

The Feminist Peace Series Magazine

The Feminist Peace Series was born out of the continuous inquiry into what Feminist Peace means in practice with the objective to showcase the different transformative approaches to peacebuilding. In the 1st Edition of the Feminist Peace Series, The Peace Centre shared various understandings of Feminist Peace with perspectives from practitioners, partners and colleagues in the field of peacebuilding. We hope that with the Feminist Peace Series, we will continue to build a community of diverse contributors and readers that value activism and that understand feminist perspectives on peacebuilding.

Themes

The 2nd Edition of the Feminist Peace Series Magazine will focus on the following;

  1. How women around the world are responding to the impact of COVID-19 and the measures taken (or not taken) by governments to stop the spread of the pandemic;
  2. The game changers necessary for real progress towards feminist peace from the perspective of women peacebuilders.

Submission Guidelines

We invite your contributions to grow the body of knowledge on Feminist Peace in the form of articles, artwork, photography, poems, illustrations profiles/features (on individuals or collectives) and more on your Feminist Peace Realities.

Submission and Selection Process

  1. Submissions must be sent by email to editorialboard@wipc.org by 28th June 2021
  2. Written submissions should be single-spaced in Calibri 12 point
  3. All work will be checked for plagiarism and detection of the same will lead to disqualification. APA is the recommended reference format.
  4. All submissions should be in English. The author(s) should indicate personal full contact details and include a brief biographical note.
  5. The decision on selected pieces will be communicated to each applicant by the Editorial Board by the 2nd Week of July 2021
  6. Successful candidates will be paid an honorarium.

We highly encourage young women across the region to submit their work. Written pieces should be between 500 to 1000 words.

Peacebuilding and Ending SGBV Movements in South Sudan, Burundi, DRC and the Great Lakes Region

Over the years’ women and women’s organisations have been at the core of advocating for the restoration of peace and an end to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in cyclic conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Sudan, Burundi, and in the wider Great Lakes region. Since 2006, in response to the conflict situations, The Peace Centre then Isis-WICCE supported women impacted by conflict by building their leadership in conflict transformation and their agency in peacebuilding processes. The Peace Centre also initiated interventions for healing survivors of SGBV, where rape in these conflicts was increasingly being used as a weapon of war.
Read More “Peacebuilding and Ending SGBV Movements in South Sudan, Burundi, DRC and the Great Lakes Region”

Increasing Participation in Peacebuilding and Leadership in Lira and Soroti.

The Peace Centre conducted a six day’s training for 80 cultural leaders and district technical administrative staff from Soroti and Lira district (40 per district) with the main areas of focus being; mediation and negotiation, conflict analysis and leadership among the selected leaders. Cultural leaders play a key role in refining norms to enhance women’s participation in decision making and outlaw negative practices that deter the progress of women. The training aimed at strengthening effective and meaningful participation in the formal and informal peace building processes. Read More “Increasing Participation in Peacebuilding and Leadership in Lira and Soroti.”

Now and the Future Gender Equality, Peace and Security in a COVID-19 World – Uganda Briefing

The Peace Centre, with the support of Womankind Worldwide and Gender
Action for Peace and Security (GAPS), undertook research in Uganda to provide in-depth gender-sensitive conflict analysis to help the international community and governments develop short- and long-term programmes and response frameworks that address the impact of COVID-19 and future pandemics, crises and shocks. Read More “Now and the Future Gender Equality, Peace and Security in a COVID-19 World – Uganda Briefing”

Promoting Women’s Effective Participation in Peace Building in Uganda, An End of Project Learning and Sharing workshop 

On the 29th of March 2021, The Peace Centre hosted an end of project learning and sharing stakeholder workshop with our partners in line with the end of the project “Promoting women’s effective participation in peace building in Uganda”. The meeting had 50 participants in attendance including National Steering Committee(NSC) District Peace Committees (DPCs) from project districts as well as representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister Karamoja, International Rescue committee, Refugee Law Project, Centre for Conflict Resolution and Uganda Women’s Network (UWONET).

Read More “Promoting Women’s Effective Participation in Peace Building in Uganda, An End of Project Learning and Sharing workshop “

Grassroots Women Peacebuilders Join the Generation Equality Forum

Women Peacebuilders from Yumbe District with support from the Peace Centre, were able to join the Generation Equality Forum and preparatory workshop discussion. This was a part of Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)65 pre–Generation Equality Mexico Forum workshop that highlighted key discussions for the meaningful participation of women and youth peacebuilders in the Generation Equality Forum. Catherine Kwanje, a Peacebuilder from South Sudan living in Bidibidi Refugee settlement used the forum to share highlights on the need to ensure that women who are displaced by conflict are included in peace processes in their country of origin.

The Forum in preparation for the Mexico Forum the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders was held virtually by the Permanent Missions of Namibia and Mexico to the UN, Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW), Canadian Coalition for Youth, Peace & Security (CCYPS), NGO CSW/NY, Afghan Youth Ambassadors for Peace Organization (AYAP), Our Generation for Inclusive Peace, WoMen Dutch Gender Platform, Women’s International Peace Centre (WIPC), Amassuru, and UN Women on behalf of the Beijing+25 WPS-YPS Coalition

The Forum which represents a joint persistency to dismantle patriarchy was held on March 26th, 2021. The Forum presented an opportunity to build solidarity and collaboration between women’s rights groups and youth organizations from around the world. It also presented an opportunity to discuss key issues that women and youth peace builders should collectively advocate for during the Mexico forum.

The Generation Equality Forum (GEF), which will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing+25), is a historic opportunity to set concrete, ambitious, and transformative commitments to achieve immediate and irreversible progress towards women’s rights and gender equality. Convening civil society, governments, UN entities, and private sector organizations, the GEF provides critical momentum to build intersectional solidarity and lasting partnerships to achieve transformative change.
“As a member of the WPSHA Compact and a post-conflict country, we believe in the participation of women & youth-led groups. We must mobilize other stakeholders to become signatories of the Compact, the more the merrier.” Ambassador Victoria Sulimani, Deputy Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations.

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