Name of organization/institution
Gender Concerns International
Civil Society Organization
Description of your organization/institution
Since its establishment in 2004, the mission of Gender Concerns International has been to promote gender equality at a policy-making level. That includes collaborating with national authorities and institutions, as well as bridging the interaction gap between local women organisations and the national policymakers. Building the capacity of women decision-makers for networking and training to negotiate more resources for women during parliamentary budget allocation negotiations is a way to increase women’s empowerment, and therefore is a step towards gender equality. Additionally, supporting is given to women leaders in conflict and post-conflict countries, and fragile and emerging democracies. The organisation’s core work focus is to facilitate the transfer of knowledge and expertise from international and regional women activists and experts to the relevant communities and stakeholders and to promote and support global female leadership and participation in the area of democratic parity and environmental decision-making. This organisation is qualified in accelerating and enhancing the process of change through promoting inclusive respect, recognition and resources for women’s work and women's organisational strength, considering women as agents for change. “Women are a catalyst for change and women's organisations need respect, recognition, and resources to bring about this change.” Women collectively possess the power to improve lives and advance their communities. There cannot be real development if one gender is left behind in any development effort. Investing in women’s leadership is an imperative. Women’s self-realisation as catalysts for change leads to a broader movement towards gender equality. A Three R Instrument is recommended. Gender equality is dependent on the provision of adequate "Recognition", "Respect" and "Resources" for women and women’s collectivized organisational work.
Description of your main WPS related activities
Our vision and mission are realized by focusing on these carefully selected thematic areas - Gender and Environmental Sustainability - Women, Peace and Security - Gender and Covid-19 - Gender and Electoral Parity; specifically the Gender Election Observation Mission (GEOMs) - Gender and Disaster Management Gender Concerns International’s programme activities are focused on capacity building, lobbying and advocacy, facilitation of training, support of women's organisations and relevant civil society organisations. Our programmes take an innovative multidimensional approach to strengthening and enhancing the effectiveness of female leadership by supporting the capacity of local women’s organisations, promoting the effectiveness of female leadership at the community and parliamentary level, and facilitating valuable methods of interaction between major stakeholders in women’s affairs. This includes individual female leaders and parliamentarians, civil society organisations, women-led organisations and the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
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, 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
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
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
3.1 Women and girls have access to security and justice systems, 3.2 Impunity for violent offences against women and girls combatted, 3.4 Gender sensitive, -responsive, -transformative asylum policy
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
5.1 Peace and security personnel gender aware; applies gender lens, 5.2 Gender responsive budgetting endeavoured, 5.4 Improved coordination of actors in peace and security
Type of investment
Policy, Advocacy, Progammitic
It is important to involve women in every step of the decision making process. Women, Peace and Security (WPS) in fragile countries and emerging democracies impact the environment, humanitarian assistance and support for female participation in the democratic process.
Afghanistan, Egypt, Iraq, Kashmir, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Myanmar, Pakistan, Sierra-Leone, The Netherlands, Tunisia and Ukraine
1 year - 2021, 2 years - 2022, 3 years - 2023, 4 years - 2024