The Dutch National Action Plan (NAP) 1325 is a partnership between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Education, Culture and Science, Justice and Security and over 70 civil society organizations based in The Netherlands. The NAP 1325 contains our joint commitments to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and its successive resolutions, as well as other international obligations and commitments on ‘Women, Peace and Security’. Such as CEDAW General Recommendation 30 and the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
The Dutch government and CSOs have committed to support women, men and youth in conflict affected countries and in The Netherlands in their efforts for inclusive peace and security. The NAP 1325 ‘Signatories’ do this in close cooperation with Dutch missions and local women’s organisations, human rights defenders and peacebuilders in (post)conflict countries, and with migrant communities and institutions in The Netherlands.
Stories of Change
Positive Male Engagement
The We Rise project was designed through a holistic lens in order to address many of the barriers facing Palestinian women in leading the journey towards peace and security. WCLAC (Women’s Center for Legal Aid and Counseling) is among the pioneering organizations within the We Rise consortium. WCLAC worked on implementing a training package focused on mobilizing young men to transform restrictive gender norms.
Among the participants, two young men expressed their ideas against gender-equality and dismissed discussions surrounding supporting women’s participation in leadership and decision-making positions. However, the training managed to challenge these young men’s ideas and negative perceptions of gender-equality. After completing the capacity building and training packages, these two young men carried out awareness raising sessions themselves on women rights and gender equality for other male students in the local schools of their villages.
Do Our Voices Matter?
The presence of local women civil society briefers in UN Security Council meetings often introduces new and compelling perspectives for governments to consider – and these frequently challenge the status quo. As one briefer noted:
“When my turn came, I started actually talking about civilian losses; I talked about the shrinking political space for civil society, shrinking space for women’s organizations and activists. It was very welcome. It opened the door for questions and answers in the conversation around the peace process and many other challenges we were talking about."
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Dealing with Gender-based Violence
Gender Based Violence (GBV) is an increasing problem among the Syrian refugee community. Mohammed Al Zoabi took part in a training for trainers programme organised by The Hague Academy of Local Governance and the Mastery for Business and Training Development in Jordan. As a result, he gained more knowledge on GBV and acquired useful communication and facilitation skills. He now knows how to conduct conversations around GBV and how to show empathy towards survivors. He applies more participatory techniques in his awareness raising sessions. Read the full story here.