What do we do?


In 2015, approximately 120 countries were affected by violent extremism to some degree. In most instances, non-state entities are the key instigators, perpetrating random attacks and spreading the violence geographically. But government actions have exacerbated these conditions. Instead of protecting and nurturing spaces for dialogue and constructive dissent, certain governments are increasing their repression of civil society. 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.


In collaboration with our partners, ICAN supports these women civil society leaders through advocacy, training, dialogue facilitation, and information generation, sharing, and exchange.

Our programs address the following major issue areas:

  1. Violent extremism and militarism
  2. Inclusive peace and security
  3. Sexual and gender based violence


View ICAN Programs


ICAN Services & Areas of Expertise

  • Gendered early warning, political and security situation analyses
  • Inclusivity, gender & mediation 
  • Male gender issues in conflict and fragile settings
  • Women’s rights and activism in Islamic contexts 
  • Executive training and institutional action planning for gender mainstreaming and integration of UNSCR 1325 provisions in development and diplomacy programming (UN and national governments)
  • Trainings on gendered dimensions of: transitional justice, socioeconomic recovery, constitutional processes, disarmament/demobilization/reintegration, and security sector reform
  • Movement and coalition building in politically closed and transitioning contexts
  • Peer-to-peer & south-south knowledge exchange
  • Civil society/government development of Women, Peace and Security National Action Plans (NAP)
  • Localization of UNSCR 1325 & 1820 and NAP provisions through integration in local development planning processes and legislation to ensure local ownership and cooperation
  • Monitoring national implementation and the establishment of multi-stakeholder financing mechanisms for UNSCR 1325 & 1820 implementation
  • Education and advocacy for a CEDAW General Recommendation on Women In Conflict & Post-Conflict Societies
  • Using media to raise public awareness of UNSCR 1325 and 1820

Where We Work