Name three key areas that would support women’s peacebuilding efforts in your country/region?

Saloni Singh • Gender Focal Point • Nepal 
 
"Since Nepal is in a post-conflict period, the three major areas that would support women's peace building  efforts would be:
1. Special legal and social support to women in order to aid their reporting and prosecuting of perpetrators of war crimes and human rights abuses committed during and after conflict;
2. Adopt constructive measures to guarantee women's socio-economic rights including employment, property ownership and inheritance during post-conflict reconstruction;

3. Support to conduct a gender-oriented budget analysis of humanitarian assistance and post-conflict reconstruction to ensure that women benefit directly from resources mobilized through multilateral and bilateral donors."

Sophie Toupin • Gender Focal Point • Canada 
 
"Communication technologies:
Communication technology have become ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives: we share our personal lives and organize demonstrations through web platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and we use cell phones and/or emails to rally and inform people of our efforts towards peacebuilding and conflict prevention. But what about our own security and the security of our networks when we share sensitive data and meta data about ourselves and others (our whereabouts, with whom we are, what we do, etc.)? Since Snowden's revelation of the multiple existing surveillance programs, the issue of state and corporate surveillance ought to make us reflect on our own communication practices as women peacebuidlers. Without falling into a technological deterministic stance, that is believing that the answers can be find in technological development, we need to ask ourselves about the benefits of securing our communications (phone conversations and texts, emails, etc.)?  What does digital security means for women human rights defenders? How can we effectively use communication technologies to foster our individual and collective security as women peacebuilders, while trying to minimize practices that endanger us and our networks?
 
Research and communicating results: Continued activists-oriented research is needed to highlight the best practices with women's peacebuilders projects, but also the limits and challenges that we face. Moreover, the dissemination of research results ought to be done in accessible formats such as with short audio and video documentaries, tool kits, short publications and/or in articles in the media.  Academic papers are no doubt crucial, but unfortunately are often not accessible to the majority.
 
Solidarity and partnerships: It is easy to be consumed by ones' own work and our day-to-day realities. However, the value of creating partnerships cannot be understated.  Fostering partnerships and solidarity with groups in Canada and outside would strengthen campaigns and bring immense value to those involved. Being in solidarity with others, particularly First Nations Women, would strengthen our work as activists and break the silos we often put ourselves in."

Visaka Dharmadasa • Gender Focal Point • Sri Lanka
 
"Not only in my county and region but also in the world we will have less armed conflicts if women are taken seriously, unfortunately still after 15 years of existence of UNSCR 1325 we still have an uphill task of making men take us seriously.
 
I do agree that there is a significant change of attitudes and practises due to UNSCR 1325, but we do have a long way to go. Mainly when it comes to conflict transformation women play a key role within the family and that is accepted, but women's' that unique skill is undermined when it comes to major conflicts.
 
So what should be done:
1. Recognize women who had played a crucial role globally and regionally as well locally in peacebuilding.
2. Create space for them to share and learn from others.
3. Encourage university/college students to hear their stories.
4. Carry out a comprehensive research and disseminate the findings widely."

Gyung Lan Jung • Gender Focal Point • South Korea
 
"1. Women's exchanges between North and South Korea
2. Advocacy on UN 1325
3. Peace education"
Maja Vitas • Gender Focal Point • Serbia
 

"Women's approach to peacebuilding traditionally varies from men's thus support to women's peacebuilding efforts would imply support to different approaches to peacebuilding and conflict prevention than the mainstream ones. For example, various domestic and international actors are investing in the institutional reform connected to the EU accession processes and are giving incentive for participation of women in the military and police, previously a men-dominated domain, while disregarding the value of civilian peacebuilding and the necessity for peace education, previously female domain.
 
Bearing this in mind, along with the support of women's participation in armed forces, it is crucial to recognise the value and significance of civilian peacebuilding and especially peace education as fields to which women have contributed greatly and which represent the only continuous investment in the upbringing of future generations oriented towards peaceful conflict resolution.
 
Strengthening economy would contribute to women's influence in the society in general considering that poverty and unemployment (both on the increase in Serbia since the 2008 economic crisis) are amongst leading causes of gender inequality, as it is becoming much more challenging for women, especially young mothers, to find and to maintain their careers."
 

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls • Gender Focal Point • Fiji
 
1. Availability of specific resources for our network which was instrumental in the development and drafting of the Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security to progress our work – this would also include mentoring and participation of young women;
2. In-country documentation, research and media and ICT platforms including the production of our annual Policy for Peace report;
3. Resources to mobilize with innovative campaigns and policy advocacy.

Isabella Sargsyan • Gender Focal Point • Armenia

"Among three key areas, I would mention first and foremost the democratization of the country, including free and fair elections. There are very few women represented at key positions both in the Parliament and Executive, they are also few in local governance bodies and other decision making positions. Secondly, I would like to mention economic empowerment of women since a lack of economic opportunities and instruments significantly disengages women from participation in social and political life. And finally, a new creative approach to global solidarity and tactics of rapid response should be developed further to support courageous peace voices at the time of conflict escalation and possible breach of new war."

Paula Banerjee • Gender Focal Point • India
 
"1. In most Indian states there is the Women's Commission.  The Women's Commission often actively support women's peace initiatives.
2. The academia is a place where there is wide spread support for women's peace initiatives.
3.  All peace activists, refugee rights activists and supporters of justice support women's peace building initiatives."  

Sajida Abdulvahabova • Gender Focal Point • Azerbaijan
 
"1. Establish and fund UN Women offices in Azerbaijan. Support the establishment of UN Women offices in every country in the South Caucasus region as a peace promoting instrument for the implementation of UNSCR 1325;
2. Support capacity building for women's groups to monitor UNSCR 1325 and its components;
3. Integrate UNSCR 1325 and 1820 into the analysis for country strategy papers in conflict and post-conflict countries, and include earmarked financial resources to support local women's organizations in implementing UNSCR1325."