Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)

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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.

WASL partners have deep experience in:

  • Providing religious literacy and alternative narratives
  • Deradicalization & rehabilitation
  • Security sector reform (SSR) and training
  • Upholding human rights and gender equality
  • Building community resilience and addressing grievances through social and economic programming
  • Promoting a culture of peace and active citizenship

Out of necessity and despite limited resources and profound risks, local women-led NGOs and community-based organizations have developed innovative approaches to challenge the spreading ideologies and violent practices of state and non-state actors. They engage in prevention and deradicalization, work with those vulnerable to recruitment, offer interpretations of religious and cultural tenets that uphold equal rights and coexistence, and aim to hold political and religious leaders accountable. These locally rooted and transnationally linked women-led organizations have the authenticity and credibility to not only counter or prevent violent extremism but also crucially provide positive alternative visions and solutions for their societies by promoting peace, rights and pluralism.

Core Values:
Individuals and organizations interested in joining WASL and contributing to its activities must be committed to:

  • Nonviolence and active support of positive inclusive peace;
  • Pluralism, social cohesion, equality, and non-discrimination;
  • Social, political, and economic justice;
  • Adherence to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  • Transforming gendered power relations to realize equality and rights;
  • Amplifying community voices and building a progressive majority;
  • Building on the history and legacy of women’s activism and leadership; and
  • Mutual empowerment, support, and respect for others’ experiences and avoiding duplication of work.

* ‘Wasl’ means to ‘connect‘ in Arabic, Urdu and Persian

Read the Founding Statement

WASL partners map

Visit the WASL Website!

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Download the newest policy brief, “Uncomfortable Truths, Unconventional Wisdoms: Women’s Perspectives on Violent Extremism and Security Interventions.”

For more information about becoming a partner, contact the coordinator, Melinda Holmes at melinda.holmes@icanpeacework.org.