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

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ICAN’s Annual Forum

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

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“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

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The Innovative Peace Fund 

Investing in Trust 

 

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“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.

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

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“What the Women Say” country-specific briefs

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

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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

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Program Intern

The ICAN team seeks a highly motivated Program Intern to work on a range of research, media, and communications tasks.

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Women, Peace, and Security Act signed into law

ICAN delighted to announce that 17 years after the UN Security adopted of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, the US Women, Peace and Security Act was signed into law on October 6th, 2017. We thank and congratulate all of the US lawmakers who led and...

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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.

What The Women Say

“ We are not a project. It is a matter of life for millions of people.”

— Woman peacebuilder

 

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What The Women Say

 

“ Help us talk, don't just arm us to kill.”

— Syrian woman activist

 

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What The Women Say

 

“Do not tell us that it’s not time to fight for our rights. There’s no convenient time; we have to always be fighting.”

— Pakistani women’s rights activist

 

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What The Women Say

 

“State prisons are feeding the pool of foreign fighters… many are radicalized during incarceration.”

— Tajik woman lawyer

 

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What The Women Say

 

“I say Jihad is not spilling or wasting blood in the streets, it is giving blood in hospitals to people who need it.”

— Iraqi woman peacebuilder

 

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