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About GNWP


The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), a program of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN), is a coalition of women’s groups and other civil society organizations from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America, Eastern and Western Europe and West Asia—mostly in conflict-affected countries—that are actively involved in advocacy and action for the full and effective implementation of the Security Council resolutions on women and peace and security.



GNWP aims to bridge the gap between policy discussions and implementation and action on the ground on women and peace and security issues. To achieve this aim, GNWP engages in four programmatic areas: Capacity Building, Advocacy, Research and Institutional Strengthening. This programmatic focus includes various initiatives such as Civil Society Monitoring of the implementation of UNSCR 1325; Localization of UNSCR 1325 and 1820; Education and Advocacy on the CEDAW General Recommendation on Women in Conflict Prevention, Conflict and  Post-conflict Situations; 1325 Media Outreach; Multi-stakeholders Financing Mechanism for the implementation of the WPS resolutions; Engagement with the Security Sector and Support to national action planning processes.


GNWP's work focuses on the following objectives:

  • Enhancing women's capacities to use legal mechanisms available at the international, regional and national levels in order to protect their rights and ensure their participation in decision-making, peace building, conflict prevention and reconstruction;

  • Enhancing capacity among civil society, especially women's organizations, to conduct effective monitoring, mobilize and advocate for effective policy implementation;

  • Bringing visibility to women's issues and concerns on peace and security and amplify their voices at the national, regional and global levels;

  • Supporting effective implementation of UNSCR 1325, 1820 and the supporting WPS resolutions, particularly at the national and local levels; and 

  • Bolstering Member State (MS) accountablity in a range of ways/ fora, including the UNSCR 1325 anniversaries every October and the Committee on the Status of Women (CSW) sessions.