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The War Whisperers, Their Successful Iraq War, And The Targeting Of Iran

An op-ed by Sanam Naraghi Anderlini addressing the Iraq war and the targeting of Iran through the lens of regional geopolitics.
“The U.S. should be wary of these [war] whisperers, for while it foots the bill and the world pays for unknowable and uncontainable consequences, others will reap the reward.”

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ICAN & WASL Exchange Experience on the Protection of Peacebuilders at the Caux Forum

Members of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) gathered with ICAN who partnered with Initiatives of Change to host the 2019 Caux Forum: Towards an Inclusive Peace. With an emphasis on integrated approaches to prevention, over 100 peacebuilders from around the world gathered in Caux, Switzerland for four days of panel discussions, storytelling, country focused sessions, and thematic workshops.

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In Berlin: Women Peacebuilders Raise the Need for Protection

The event, held in partnership with the German Foreign Office and the Center for Feminist Foreign Policy, explored the added value and contributions of women peacebuilders and civil society organizations, the threats they face, as well as the effective strategies for states and other entities to support and protect this sector

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Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism: ICAN Delivers Training in Cameroon

ICAN facilitated a training on gender and preventing and countering violent extremism organized by the Commonwealth Secretariat’s CVE Unit, from 11-14 June in Douala, Cameroon. The participants were comprised mainly of women civil society actors who have been working in various ways to address violence and build peace in their communities, among them were journalists, lawyers, psychotherapists, educators, youth workers and others.

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ICAN-UNDP Report to be launched in Cameroon

The joint report by the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will be launched in Cameroon on June 12th with an evening lecture: “The Invisible Women of Violent Extremism” hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat in Douala, Cameroon. The report, Invisible Women: Gendered Dimensions of Return, Rehabilitation, and Reintegration from Violent Extremism, draws on the expertise of members of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)

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Peace Heroes: Najlaa El Sheikh Helps Syrian Women Refugees Become Business Owners

“I often dream the jasmine returns to Syria to decorate and perfume our streets.”
As the Syrian regime rained barrel bombs on her hometown in Syria, Najlaa and her family were forced to flee to Turkey where she established the first organization led by a Syrian woman to help other women refugees with literacy, economic empowerment, and psychosocial support.
Peace Hero Najlaa El Sheikh speaks to ICAN about her journey, her work, and her dreams.

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ICAN’s Better Peace Symposium Focused on Recognition and Protection of Women Peacebuilders

“At ICAN and through the Better Peace Initiative, we’ve looked at gender responsiveness in peace treaties. There is already a lot of information on the why, so we are focusing on the how,” ICAN’s Better Peace Initiative’s Program Director, Helena Gronberg said.
A 2-day expert level group meeting was held in New York, and discussed issues ranging from protecting and recognizing women peacebuilders as a sector, to funding and strategy for inclusive implementation of peace agreements.

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