Women, Peace and Security: Generating Local Solutions Together

1325 Canada Ukraine

This is a new project aimed to help localize the 1325 National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security in nine regions of Ukraine. It is implemented by Ukrainian Women’s Fund with the support of Canada under the Peace and Stabilization Support Program. The project was officially presented in Kyiv to the Ukrainian government and local authorities as well as to key WROs and donors on December 2, 2021, on the occasion of the visit of Canada’s Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security Jacqueline O’Neill.

Canada’s Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security Jacqueline O'Neill.“In Canada, Ukraine, and around the world, strong and enduring peace and security depend on the leadership and full engagement of women in all parts of society”, Ambassador O’Neill assured during her first visit to Ukraine.

“Canada supports 1325 agenda in Ukraine because Ukrainian women want peace and security and 1325 has the receipt”, Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Larisa Galadza told.

“Women, Peace and Security: Generating Local Solutions Together” project will equip regional stakeholders – law enforcement authorities, regional/local authorities, NGOs, media, activists – with methodology and tools to develop and implement catalytic context-specific and results-oriented regional policies on the 1325 agenda for 2021-2025 for empowering women and addressing specific peace and security-related concerns that they face. we will equip regional stakeholders with a system to participatorily identify and assess security-related risks for women at the regional and local level based on a broader understanding of security embedded in the new NAP on 1325 for 2021-2025; support inter-sectional coalition building around the 1325 agenda between the stakeholders; facilitate feminist analysis of peace and security-related needs of target groups and 1325 regional policy/action planning based on the identified security-related needs of women.

1325 Ukraine Canada “The project is based on Ukrainian Women’s Fund previous successful experience, when we mobilized regional stakeholders in five regions of Ukraine around the 1325 agenda, developed and piloted the participatory methodology of localization of the 1325 process and helped identify and implement specific solutions to peace and security-related problems facing women locally. In 2022 the new National action plan on 1325 will come into force. We will use the methodology that was tested and proved to be effective, in making new plans in nine project oblasts realistic and responsive to the needs of women and men, including the most vulnerable”, Director on Strategic Development of Ukrainian Women’s Fund Natalia Karbowska told.

In Canada, Ukraine, and around the world, strong and enduring peace and security depend on the leadership and full engagement of women in all parts of society

1325

In 2000, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 1325 to recognize the unique effects of armed conflict on women and girls, and their important role in resolving conflict and building peace. It urges the Member States to increase women’s participation and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts, and take measures to protect women and girls in conflict situations. 85 national action plans on women, peace and security have been adopted globally, including in Ukraine.

The Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security was appointed by Canada’s government in June, 2019 to hold office on a full-time basis for up to three years. The Ambassador is responsible for providing advice to ministers on implementation of Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security as well as for recommending actions to protect the rights of women facing insecurity and violence and promote their meaningful participation around the globe.

“Women, Peace and Security: Generating Local Solutions Together” project will be implemented in Chernivtsy, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kherson, Odessa, Vinnytsya, Volyn, Zaporizhzhya, and Zhytomyr regions in 2022-2024.