WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform



Name of organization/institution

WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform

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Organization details

WO=MEN | Dutch Gender Platform is the Dutch network of women's rights, diaspora-, humanitarian, peace-building and development organisations, entrepreneurs, military, journalists, academics and activists working for gender justice and women's rights worldwide. Unequal power relations between people – for example on the basis of sex, race, class, disability and age (intersectionality) – should not lead to unequal treatment anywhere. WO=MEN is the largest network in Europe in its kind. We monitor policy, share knowledge, coordinate advocacy and connect mobilize people and movements. We focus specifically on three themes = Social, political and financial support for gender equality and women's rights; = Gender and Sustainable Economy;= Gender, Peace and Security. Read more on our website www.wo-men.nl.

Description of your main WPS related activities

WO=MEN and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are the coordinators of the National Action Plan 1325. WO=MEN is also a catalytic member of the international Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action Compact. With our members we coordinate GPS related advocacy worldwide.

Strategic outcome

1.Participation - More women hold leadership positions, and women participate equally and meaningfully in decision-making processes at every level in the interests of peace and security, including conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, protection.

2. Prevention - Conflict prevention and the prevention of violent extremism, including of related violence against women and girls, is based on the human rights approach and starts from the principle of human security. Prevention policy and its implementation.

3. Protection - Women and girls, as well as men and boys, in and from conflict situations, are protected against all forms of conflict-related violence, including sexual and gender-based violence. Their rights are safeguarded and enforceable.

4. Relief, reconstruction and recovery - Meet the needs and contribute to the empowerment of women and girls.

5. WPS Mainstreaming - A gender lens is applied to every reorganisation, improvement, development and evaluation of analysis, policy and policy implementation with regard to peace and security.

Strategic Outcome 1: Sub-outcomes

1.1 Enhanced enabling conditions for equal and meaningful participation of women and girls

1.2 Support for meaningful participation women- and diaspora organisations, human rights defenders and peace builders who work on women’s rights and gender equality

1.3 Peace processes and peace declarations are inclusive and bottom up

Strategic Outcome 2: Sub-outcomes

2.1 Local, multi-dimensional peaceful conflict prevention is given priority

2.2 Countering radicalisation, violent extremism and terrorism policies respect operational space of women’s organisations, human rights defenders and peace builders

Strategic Outcome 3: Sub-outcomes

3.1 Women and girls have access to security and justice systems

3.2 Impunity for violent offences against women and girls combatted

3.3 Improved implementation of Article 7.4 of the Arms Trade Treaty

3.4 Gender sensitive, -responsive, -transformative asylum policy

Strategic Outcome 4: Sub-outcomes

4.3 Humanitarian response is conflict- and gender -networks sensitive and - responsive; main role for local women’s organisations

Strategic Outcome 5: Sub-outcomes

5.1 Peace and security personnel gender aware; applies gender lens

5.4 Improved coordination of actors in peace and security

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Time frame

5 years - 2025