International Alert

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Name of organization/institution

International Alert-Europe

Name of your focal point

Kirsten Meersschaert

Email of your focal point

KMeersscheart@international-alert.org

Website URL

Organization details

Civil Society Organization

Description of your organization/institution

International Alert (Alert) is an international non-governmental organisation (INGO) committed to peacebuilding. The organisation works with people directly affected by conflict to build lasting peace and focuses on solving the root causes of conflict, bringing together people from across divides. International Alert understands gender as a fundamental factor in both violent conflict and peacebuilding and promoting gender sensitivity is a central pillar of Alert’s work. Alert’s aim is to ensure that gender identities are increasingly considered in international and national policies and practice, so that we and others are contributing to changing gender norms and gendered power dynamics in pursuit of non-violent and equitable gender relations where we work.

Description of your main WPS related activities

In the past couple of years ( 2021 – 2022) Alert has been implementing the following three cross-organisational projects and activities, aimed at addressing the challenges and gaps in the WPS agenda and the obstacles to its implementation 1. Towards a Global Programming Framework for Transforming Discriminatory Gender Patriarchal Norms in Conflict Settings in Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Nigeria and Philippines the objective of the project is to develop an Alert global programming framework focused on the transformation of discriminatory patriarchal gender norms at household, community, national and international levels, through constructive engagement with men and violent masculinities; 2. LGBT inclusive approaches to conflict and the WPS agenda - Case studies from Myanmar and Nepal the objective of the project is to promote the inclusion of LGBTQI issues in the WPS agenda. The project produced vulnerability assessments of the LGBTQI communities in both countries to identifty issues and gaps and entry points for an inclusive WPS agenda; 3. Three-year organisational Influencing Plan on Gender and Peacebuilding (2021- 2023) the objective of the Influencing Plan is to shape external and internal capacity and power to advance the implementation of the WPS agenda in its third decade. International Alert engages with and build the understanding of national, regional and global key policy stakeholders of the linkages between patriarchal gender norms and the role of men and masculinities in furthering the WPS agenda.

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, protec, 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 implementa, 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, 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

Sub-outcome 1

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

Sub-outcome 2

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

Sub-outcome 3

3.1 Women and girls have access to security and justice systems, 3.2 Impunity for violent offences against women and girls combatted

Sub-outcome 4

4.2 Improved socio-economic position women and girls, 4.3 Humanitarian response is conflict- and gender -networks sensitive and - responsive; main role for local women’s organisations and

Sub-outcome 5

5.1 Peace and security personnel gender aware; applies gender lens, 5.3 Organisations have positive gender norms; specific focus on role men and boys, 5.4 Improved coordination of actors in peace and security

What type of investments will you make to contribute to the selected outcome(s)?

Policy, Advocacy, Progammitic

Description/comments

Concerning policy and advocacy we will continue implementing our Influencing Plan on Gender and Peacebuilding, with a specific focus on gender, peace and security; Concerning programming we are planning to expand our work on the interface between the WPS agenda and patriarchal gender norms, men/ masculinities, and LGBTQI issues, in a couple of extra conflict settings.

Country/Region

In some of the regions/conflict settings we already work - Africa Northern Nigeria, Sahel region, Eastern DRC, - Central Asia Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan; - Asia Nepal, Myanmar, Philippines; - Middle East Lebanon, Syria.

What is the time frame for your pledged outcome(s) and investment(s)

2 years - 2022