“We will not let violence determine our collective future.”

ICAN’s Annual Forum

The annual Women, Peace and Security Forum brings together women peacebuilders to improve social cohesion, promote peace and address violence

“We have had 15 years with counter-terrorism policies in place, but no results”

Learn more about women’s effective practice in preventing violent extremism and promoting rights, peace and pluralism

The Innovative Peace Fund 

Investing in Trust 

 

“If war is the industry of men, let peace be the industry of women.”

Women shifting the discourse and policy on extremism, peace and security.

We offer pragmatic guidance on effective inclusion of women in peace processes.

“What the Women Say” country-specific briefs

Gendered political and security analyses carried out in partnership with local activists

ICAN’s Thematic Reports

Providing gendered analysis, informing policies, and offering recommendations and programming guidance

Our Work

Presents a pragmatic guidance for the inclusion of women peacebuilders, and offers proactive steps to broaden participation.

Preventing extremism by promoting rights, peace and pluralism. Enabling strategic collaboration between women peacebuilders.

Provides a mechanism for regular high-level civil society-government dialogue on issues related to preventing extremism.

Provides grants and technical assistance to partners to support local solutions in promoting peace and countering extremism.

“I truly believe that a small group, like ICAN, of very committed women, can get the message across that there is not going to be a sustainable solution to extremism without including women”

– Senator Mobina Jaffer

“ICAN has one agenda, and it is Peace.”

– Sri Lankan woman peacebuilder

“ICAN provides a safe open space and a healthy environment for discussions that will bring about the needed change.”

– Palestinian woman peacebuilder

“Through ICAN, our work reached international platforms for the first time, including the UN.”

– Iraqi woman peacebuilder

“ICAN brings together women that have worked with extremist groups and within very violent conflicts. I share and learn new strategies from them.”

– Ugandan woman peacebuilder

The diversity I found in ICAN helps me and nurtures my experience and enables me to go forward”

– Tunisian women peacebuilder

“ICAN helps us learn new strategies through sharing experiences with other women from different countries”

– Somali woman peacebuilder

Latest From ICAN

ICAN-UNDP Report to be launched in Cameroon

The joint report by the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be launched in Cameroon on June 12th with an evening lecture: “The Invisible Women of Violent Extremism” hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat in Douala, Cameroon. The report, Invisible Women: Gendered Dimensions of Return, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration from Violent Extremism, draws on the expertise of members of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)

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ICAN-UNDP Report to be launched in Cameroon

The joint report by the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be launched in Cameroon on June 12th with an evening lecture: “The Invisible Women of Violent Extremism” hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat in Douala, Cameroon. The report, Invisible Women: Gendered Dimensions of Return, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration from Violent Extremism, draws on the expertise of members of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)

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Peace Heroes: Najlaa El Sheikh Helps Syrian Women Refugees Become Business Owners

“I often dream the jasmine returns to Syria to decorate and perfume our streets.”
As the Syrian regime rained barrel bombs on her hometown in Syria, Najlaa and her family were forced to flee to Turkey where she established the first organization led by a Syrian woman to help other women refugees with literacy, economic empowerment, and psychosocial support.
Peace Hero Najlaa El Sheikh speaks to ICAN about her journey, her work, and her dreams.

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ICAN’s Better Peace Symposium Focused on Recognition and Protection of Women Peacebuilders

“At ICAN and through the Better Peace Initiative, we’ve looked at gender responsiveness in peace treaties. There is already a lot of information on the why, so we are focusing on the how,” ICAN’s Better Peace Initiative’s Program Director, Helena Gronberg said.
A 2-day expert level group meeting was held in New York, and discussed issues ranging from protecting and recognizing women peacebuilders as a sector, to funding and strategy for inclusive implementation of peace agreements.

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Issues and Approaches

Civil society is the space in which most women leaders – committed to peace, social justice, and progressive values – are active. Yet they are under pressure to conform to state policies or fall silent for fear of retribution from extremist groups. Know more about the issues.

We work in equal partnership with our network to develop and establish a unique platform for regional collaboration and learning amongst women leaders and organizations. Know more about our strategy.

We support women civil society leaders through advocacy, training, dialogue facilitation, and information generation, sharing, and exchange. Know more about our work.

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