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Civil society priorities on Women, Peace and Security

On International Women's Day for Peace and Demilitarisation 2024, Swiss civil society launches its report with recommendations for the implementation of UN Resolution 1325 on "Women, Peace and Security".

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New instrument: Women's influence on peace processes

In a graphic representation of the different stages of peace processes, we place the role of women at the centre. It shows where they exert influence to drive the peace process and prevent setbacks.

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Intergenerational Women's Peace Table: Shared pain and shared demands in Nepal

Despite the peace agreement, there can be little talk of peace in Nepal. The incomplete implementation of the agreement has intergenerational consequences for those affected by the conflict. At a Women's Peace Table, two generations shared their stories and presented their demands to the government..

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Network roundtable: “I feel the energy. We all want peace.”

In February 2024, we invited 12 women peace activists from all over the world to Bern. The aim: to exchange knowledge, brainstorm, and develop strategies to realise common goals and strengthen the network.

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Article in à propos: Understanding peace processes: the narratives must become feminist

In an article in the March issue of à propos, our director Deborah Schibler explains why the current images and narratives on the subject of "peace processes" need to become feminist.

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From summer 2024: We're looking for new office space

Feminist peace work needs "safe spaces" - and we need a new office. We are looking for new office space for our growing team in Bern. Any information and tips are very welcome!

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Priorities of civil society on Women, Peace and Security

Which topics does Swiss civil society prioritize in the implementation of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on «Women, Peace and Security»? We addressed this question in an Alliance together with two Swiss peace organizations and through hearings with representatives of civil society organizations. The answers are set out as priorities in a report that will be launched on 10 June 2024.

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Feminist peace policy

Peace is more than the absence of war. Patriarchal power relations, structural violence and physical or psychological violence against women block the path to lasting peace. This is why we engage in peacebuilding with a feminist, intersectional perspective. And because we have a comprehensive understanding of peace.

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Women, Peace and Security

Women's rights are human rights. We work to ensure that core human rights standards are respected in conflict-affected regions too. Our work is based on the UN’s "Women, Peace and Security" agenda.

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Peace processes

Women's access to peace and conflict transformation processes is severely limited. However, peace processes offer critical windows of opportunity for the recognition of women's rights and for the elimination of discriminatory social structures and gender norms. Women and marginalised groups must therefore play an active role in peace processes.

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Gender-based violence

Gender-based violence is one of the most common human rights violations worldwide. Particularly in conflict-affected contexts, violence against women increases in all its forms. Gender-based violence is a major obstacle to gender justice and lasting peace.

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Militarisation means more than "just" spending on armed forces: this spending is the consequence of a security policy geared towards war. As a feminist peace organisation, we oppose the claim that more weapons lead to more security. We demand demilitarisation and disarmament because that is the only way to achieve genuine peace and comprehensive security.

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