• Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)

    WASL partners map

    The Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) brings together existing women rights and peace practitioners, organizations, and networks actively engaged in preventing extremism and promoting peace, rights and pluralism, to enable their systematic and strategic collaboration.

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  • Better Peace Initiative

    Better Peace Tool Logo for ICAN SiteICAN’s Better Peace Initiative set out to address the ‘how to’ question by offering practical guidance for the effective inclusion of gender perspectives and women peacebuilders in peace processes. Primarily, this requires a paradigm shift away from a narrow notion of peace negotiations as security and political processes to acknowledging that they must be inclusive societal processes. It also requires changes in practice.

    The Better Peace Tool explores the history and evolution of peacemaking in modern times. It considers six common barriers to inclusion and how to overcome them. And it presents a four-part framework for the inclusion of women peacebuilders, offering proactive steps to broaden participation.

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  • Working Group on Preventing and Addressing Structural Violence


    “Together to End Violence Against Women (VAW) in MENA/Asia Region” is a collective effort by women’s rights and peace activists and groups in the MENA/ASIA region and the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN). This Campaign will work around the year to bring attention to issues of concern around VAW, in the countries involved in the effort.

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  • Global Network of Women Peacebuilders


    The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), a program of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), bridges the gap between policy discussions and implementation and action on the ground on women, peace and security issues. It is a coalition of women’s groups and other civil society organizations from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, West Asia, Europe and Latin America that are directly involved in advocacy and action for the full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 1820 including the supporting resolutions 1888 and 1889 at the local, national, regional and international levels. The network consolidates and strengthens efforts inbridging the gap between policy discussions at the international level and action for policy implementation on the ground. It is a platform that enables members to share information, experiences and strategies in ways that enhance both their individual and collective outreach and impact.

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  • Team 1325 Sri Lanka

    In January 2009, ICAN worked in partnership with the Association of War Affected Women (AWAW) of Kandy, Sri Lanka and the Program on Negotiation at the Harvard Law School to provide a 5 day intensive skills-building training programme for a Cross-party coalition of women politicians in Sri Lanka, as they prepared for participation in political processes for the promotion of a just, inclusive and lasting peace in Sri Lanka.

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  • US National Action Plan

    ICAN is a founding member of the US Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security. The Group’s objective is to ensure that the US develops and implements an effective National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security that promotes conflict transformation and elevates the voices, perspectives and contributions of women in countries affected by conflict transition and repression, and ensures that issues pertaining to women’s rights are firmly on the agenda. Through its engagement, ICAN seeks to ensure that the US NAP serves the interests of women in conflict zones and that the voices, experiences and knowledge of its regional partners inform US policy and action.

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  • Women’s Rights, Peace and Security in the MENA/Asia Region

    Since the Arab revolutions of 2011 and for nearly three decades before that, women’s rights activists in the MENA and other Muslim-majority countries have warned against the steady rise of extremist ideology and militaristic state reactions. They have led efforts to prevent violence and promote peace with deep commitment to non-violence and principles of equality and pluralism. They see first hand how overly-militarized responses of state and international actors exacerbate conditions, leading to the increased recruitment of fighters and state misuse of power.

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