2014 Statement on Militarism & Extremism

At the 2014 International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) 3rd annual Forum on Women’s Rights, Peace and Security, 60 women representing 13 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia – including scholars, journalists, NGO leaders, educators and others – came together with international partners to take stock of developments and strategize ideas and solutions for combating extremism and militarism and promoting peace. Together they adopted a common statement and devised national vision and priorities for their respective countries.

Read the Syria Statement

Ensuring the Effective Participation & Rights of Women in the Syrian Peace & Mediation Process

Based on consultations with Syrian civil society partners, a group of international NGOs recently published a five-step approach to ensuring the effective participation and rights of women in the Syrian peace and mediation process. This is a critical element in achieving a just and sustainable peace in Syria. The paper offers five steps to ensuring this outcome in the ongoing international efforts related to the mediation process. These steps also ensure that the foundations are laid for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1325 (2000), 1889 (2008) and 2122 (2013).

  1. Women in Formal Delegations
  2. An Independent Women’s Delegation
  3. Gender Experts & Expertise
  4. Gendered Documentation & Position Papers
  5. Independent Civil Society Forum with a Fair Representation of Women

This working paper was prepared by: DemocraShe, Human Rights Watch, ICAN, Kvinna til Kvinna, Oxfam and WILPF. Please contact ICAN for more information about women’s participation in the Syrian peace and mediation process.

Read the full working paper: 5 Steps to Inclusive Syrian Mediation Process.

Building Inclusive Political Transitions: A Review of the Syrian Case

On 18-19 July 2013, a group of practitioners, scholars, and policy makers with global experience representing a variety of institutions gathered in Washington, DC to explore how the principles and practicalities of including non-violent, non-state actors in mediation, transition, and peace-making processes can be applied to Syria. The meeting’s key objective was to develop viable options for cultivating a more inclusive and gender-sensitive Syrian mediation process, including strategies for implementation.

The host organizations include Inclusive Security, the International Civil Society Action Network, and Nonviolent Peaceforce.

Read the full meeting report here.

The meeting report includes answers the following questions, as well as detailed models for inclusion in the Syrian context.

What do we mean by ‘inclusivity’?
Does inclusion matter?
Is the inclusion of civil society a new phenomenon?
Do Syrian civil society activists want to be included in any mediation and transition process?
Who should be included?  What are the criteria for inclusion?
How should civil society representatives be selected? Can the process be ‘inclusive enough’?


Voices from the Ground: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis

Winter 2013

This Action Brief from ICAN’s “What the Women Say” series summarizes key priorities and recommendations on immediate humanitarian issues that must be addressed by the international community, including:

  1. International aid is not getting through; Syrians have self-organized to provide relief, but they need support
  2. Most refugees are not in camps, and they are in legal and economic limbo
  3. Camp conditions vary between the countries but they are dire, especially in the IDP camps
  4. IDP camps (on the borders)

Read the full brief here: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis


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