Pulling the Rug from Under Our Feet: What is UNSCR 1325 Without our Civil Society Freedoms that Enable Meaningful Participation?

Duration: 
Thursday, October 26, 2017 -
11:00 to 13:00
Kind of WILPF Initiative/Event: 
Other WILPF Events
Location: 
Dutch Permanent Mission to the UN (TBC)
Countries: 
Nigeria
Libya
Colombia
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Organisers:

Women Peacemakers Program (The Netherlands)

Duke Law’s International Human Rights Clinic (USA)

Al-Hayat Center for Civil Society Development (Jordan)

Arab Women Organization of Jordan (Jordan)

NOVACT (Tunisia)

Free Sight Association (Tunisia)

Iraqi Al-Amal Association (Iraq)

Women Empowerment Organization (Iraq)

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (Global)

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (Colombia)

Overview:

At the 17th Anniversary of UNSCR1325, women's organisations from acrss the globe will host an event to discuss the implementation of UNSCR 1325 within a global context of what is being called ‘shrinking civil society space’.

Although it is a contested term – including because shrinking space is not affecting all of civil society in the same way and because often this involves active attacks against women human rights defenders- it is often used as a metaphor to describe a new generation of restrictions on political struggle, activism, and meaningful participation from both States and non-State actors. These include a variety of measures, including restrictive NGO legislation; defaming civil society; targeting and criminalization of human rights defenders, including women human rights defenders; cyber and other forms of surveillance; increasing militarization and securitization; banking restrictions; international travel bans; as well as instrumentalization of the political work of women human rights defenders and peace activists; to name some. 

We invite the audience to engage in a joint critical reflection on whether current civil society strategies around Women, Peace and Security suffice to address these new realities.

Invitation:

This event is open to public.

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/2yhIGj4

Document PDF: 

Pulling the Rug from Under Our Feet: What is UNSCR 1325 Without our Civil Society Freedoms that Enable Meaningful Participation?