Gender mainstreaming is a cross-cutting priority for GPPAC. We believe that sustainable peace can only be achieved with the participation of all members of society, regardless of any particular aspects of their identity, such as gender, religion, race, class, age, or nationality.
Women are active agents in both war and peace; they can be both victims and perpetrators of violence, as well as agents of change in peaceful conflict resolution. Women contribute to human security in their local communities, as well as at national, regional, and international levels.
Our gender programme supports GPPAC regions to integrate gender-sensitive peacebuilding perspectives into their work. It also contributes a conflict prevention perspective to global advocacy efforts on women, peace and security issues.
GPPAC’s Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 places women, peace and security as a priority. In particular, the applicability of UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions is being spread throughout the network. Two core areas we are focussing on are:
Training and capacity building. Together with our our members, we engage with gender focal points to raise the capacities of women involved in mediation/negotiation processes. We focus on training other actors, particularly institutions, together with women in gender-sensitive conflict prevention practices and processes.
Policy and advocacy. We focus on bringing a prevention perspective to women, peace, and security, and engaging in broader discussions around issues of patriarchy, allying with men, and gender mainstreaming. The main aspects of this area of work is (a) engendering peace and security, and (b) bringing peace and security into gender/feminist group advocacy.