Enhancing women’s Participation in Decision-Making and Peacebuilding Processes in Syria

The overall objective is to contribute to gender-sensitive and inclusive peace-building process in Syria, through combating Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) while promoting women´s participation and women´s rights.

The specific objectives of the project are:

  • Violence Against Women (VAW) and Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) are better addressed and women’s participation in decision-making, peace negotiations and national reconciliation is promoted
  • Survivor-led accountability for gendered crimes committed in Syria is enabled.

Implementing partner: Legal Action Worldwide (LAW)

Key achievements include:

  • Two workshops were held in Gaziantep (3 and 4 December 2019) and Beirut (17 and 18 December 2019). The workshops brought together lawyers, experts and civil society activists to discuss international justice mechanisms and documentation efforts that meet the standards of international best practices with a survivor's centered approach.
  • Two experts’ meetings were held in Gaziantep (5 December 2019) and Beirut (19 December 2019). The meetings gathered 32 representatives of Syrian CSOs and addressed how to expose and reduce VAWG and CRSV across Syria and to promote the inclusion of women and women’s rights defenders in peace negotiations in order to enhance the chances of sustainable peace.
  • An online roundtable on Supporting a Survivor-led Justice Movement was organized on 30 July 2020. It gathered Syrian survivors together with key actors who represent survivor movements in conflict-affected and post-conflict regions. They were given the opportunity to hear first-hand about the various approaches, challenges, and benefits of community organizing to pursue justice during and after the Balkans conflict. This roundtable was the first in a series of discussions aimed at cross-regional exchange and peer-to-peer learning on the strategies available for dealing with past violations and international crimes, both at the interpersonal level and at the level of legal and political advocacy.
  • Six online consultations were organized in May and June 2020 with 80 Syrian CSOs active in Europe, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. These consultations allowed to formulate joint recommendations which set the basis for developing the Common Agenda on Combating VAWG as a major barrier to women’s participation in decision making and peace building processes in Syria. The common agenda is used throughout the project and presented to stakeholders and other organizations as a tool to demand structurally improved access for women to decision making to enable their participation on local, national and international level.

This project is funded by the European Union.

Location: 
Syria
Duration: 
Oct. 2019 – Sept. 2021