EuroMed Feminist Initiative (EFI) and the Coalition of Syrian Women for Democracy (CSWD) held a civil society consultation meeting on the 9th and 10th of March 2020 in Beirut on developing guidelines for Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPSA) in Syria. The Consultation was jointly supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and the European Union (EU) and offered a platform for a major brainstorming conversation of over 65 participants.
Towards Sustainable Peace and Democracy in Syria Through Strengthening Civil Society and Women's Rights
The overall objective of the program is to enhance transition towards peace and democracy in Syria through promoting women's rights, combatting VAW and gender discrimination and ensuring women's role and meaningful participation at all levels of political, social and economic reconstruction processes.
The specific objectives of the program are:
- A widened network/number of HR & WR partner CSOs are more influential in shaping public opinion on gender equality, ending discrimination and violence against women as integral part of rebuilding Syria.
- Developing and advocating gender sensitive (WR) legislation is jointly undertaken by CSOs and legal experts.
- Women's participation at all levels of peace and reconstruction processes is enhanced using UNSCR 1325 in connection with gender sensitive constitution building process.
EuroMed Feminist Initiative organized a 5-day training of trainers on the “ABC for a gender-sensitive Constitution” in Beirut, Lebanon. The event gathered 10 Syrian participants, from lawyers, human rights defenders, women rights activists and volunteers working with local communities on women’s rights and on women’s participation in all aspects of public life.