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EVENTS

WRN India Essay Competition to mark the anniversary of UNSCR 1325

October 28, 2019

WRN India announces the Women and Peace essay contest to commemorate the passing of UN Security Council Resolution 1325. The Resolution was passed on October 31st, 2000 with the aim of recognizing the gendered impact of conflicts. This set a template for addressing the vulnerability and acknowledging the agency of women in conflict zones. In the years since it was passed, the resolution has established a strong global agenda for Women, Peace and Security as an approach to take cognisance of the significant role played by women to negotiate through power structures in conflict and post-conflict societies. The Resolution calls for Participation, Prevention, Protection and Relief and Recovery as the key pillars of WPS initiatives.

Copy Of -Updates from WRN India

October 04, 2019

To commemorate the occasion of International Day of Peace (September 21st) WRN India collaborated with the School of Vocational Studies and the School of Human Studies in Ambedkar University Delhi to initiate a dialogue on inclusive sustainable peace through through interactive and  meaningful activities. As a part of this programe, WRN India also partnered with a student theatre group - El Pueblo. This partnership led to WRN India producing and helping in the conceptualisation of a street-play titled: Mai..Mai Kahan se hu? (ME..Where am I from?). The event commenced with a 15 minute play by the group, as part of the briefing of the theme, followed by a short  discussion before moving onto the main activity. On September 18th, 2019 a poster-making competition on the theme “My Right to Peace”, was organised in collaboration with School of Vocational Studies, AUD (Karampura Campus). where more than 45 under-grad students participated to make innovative and thoughtful posters depicting their vision of a peaceful and inclusive society. 

WOMEN AS AGENTS OF CHANGE IN THE RULE OF LAW SYMPOSIA

February 21, 2018

Judge Najla Ayoubi spoke at the Women as Agents of Change in the Rule of Law Symposia at the Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina. She was joined by scholars and law practitioners to talk about specific strategies women have used in achieving the following goals: I) Human Rights Education for All Women; II) Access to Justice; and III) Good Governance; and IV) Participation and Leadership in the Justice Sector.

Judge Ayoubi shared her experiences from a practical and theoretical perspectives. She filled in the gaps of missing pieces of overall gender strategies in the rule of law sector as well as social resistance to change in society, link in Afghanistan, and law of political will to promote gender inclusion. She continued to highlight the achievements that there have been, finishing with recommendations in regard to the programs and target communities. 

She posed the questions: What are we missing?  Areas where we are still lacking. What is not being done that needs to be done in the communities you serve? What are the difficulties in engaging in this type of project?

WRN INDIA BOOK CLUB

January 20, 2018

WRN India is happy to announce a new beginning in 2018! We are launching a book club to discuss women, peace and security issues in New Delhi.

 

First on the reading list: A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossieni.  This powerful story follows the struggles of a young Afghan woman as she navigates challenges in her family, marriage and community. We look forward to hearing your views and sharing new ideas inspired by this classic. 

The discussion will be lead by Padmini Ghosh. If you are not in New Dehli, don't worry! You can still join us. We will also be hosting the discussion on Skype. Email us at wrnoffice@womensregionalnetwork.com for more information.

Happy reading!

FARHAT ASIF WINS N-PEACE AWARD

January 08, 2018

WRN nominee and member, Farhat Asif (Pakistan), was awarded the “Campaign for Action” UNDP N-Peace Award. The N-Peace Award supports the leadership and capacity of women and men to prevent and resolve conflicts, and serve as active agents for reconstruction and peacebuilding across conflict-affected countries in Asia. Ms. Asif is the founder of the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies where she promotes peace and women’s rights through education.

HALIFAX INTERNATIONAL SECURITY FORUM

November 18, 2017

From 17-19 November, WRN Board Member Rita Manchanda attended the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada, gathering more than 300 high-level delegates to discuss North Atlantic perspectives on security and strengthen strategic cooperation among democracies.

Ms. Manchanda presented on the panel “Real Conflict Solutions: The World After Vancouver” Canadian Defense Minister Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, President of Kosova Hashim Thaçi, and moderated by Moderator Jacqueline O'Neill, President of Inclusive Security. Her presentation focused on the role of civil society in peacekeeping, advocating for strengthening consultative mechanisms with civil society for determining missions to improve mission legitimacy and fit.

 

She also spoke about going beyond numbers and enabling women to fully and equally participate in decision making processes. Gender must be integrated at every level of program operation, she told General Jonathan Vance (NATO Gender Advisor in Afghanistan), and operations must be linked with civil society women.

 

She quoted Sima Samar saying, “You ignored us during the conflict because we did not have guns, and now in peacemaking you ignore us because we have no guns.”

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