Call for Nominations: Advocacy on Women, Peace and Security at UN Headquarters

Call for Nominations: Advocacy on Women, Peace and Security at UN Headquarters

October 2006 will mark the sixth year anniversary of the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 (SCR 1325) on women, peace and security. Over the past six years, women and gender have become an increasing focus for the peace and security work of the Security Council, other UN bodies and Member States.

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security is calling for nominations of women peace-builders who have been actively working on SCR 1325 and related women, peace and security issues, in areas affected by violent conflict, to participate in our 2006 Advocacy Program at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The objective of the Advocacy Program is to ensure that women’s experiences in, and concerns in relation to, conflict affected areas are brought to and heard at UN Headquarters. Advocates will develop concrete recommendations on issues of women, peace and security for the work of the Security Council, UN Agencies, Member States and civil society. These recommendations will be communicated to audiences at strategic events, panels, and meetings at UN Headquarters.

The Advocacy Programs will occur during October (with some possible activities in July or August) and will run for 10-12 days. Selected participants will be provided with travel, accommodation and a per diem stipend for the duration of the program.

Criteria for Candidates

· Involved in work relating to women, peace and security in areas of violent conflict, post-conflict or areas where there is escalating violence and/or militarization.

· Have used SCR 1325 or its provisions in work at the local, national or regional levels.

· Experience working with local/grassroots groups, including women’s organizations.

· Experience in public speaking, advocacy and fluency in at least one of the UN languages.

· Available to spend 10-12 days at the end of October in New York for the program.

We welcome nominations for this important advocacy program at UN Headquarters.

Please submit a resume and letter of interest (e-mail or fax preferred) by 15 July to:

NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security

777 UN Plaza, 8th Floor

New York, NY 10017

Rebecca Chiarelli, Program Assistant

E-mail: rchiarelli@womenpeacesecurity.org

Fax: (+1) 212.682.5354

The NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (NGOWG) was established in May 2000 to call for a United Nations Security Council resolution on women, peace and security. Following the unanimous adoption of resolution 1325 in October 2000, the group began the difficult work of pressing for its full implementation. The NGOWG currently consists of Amnesty International, Femmes Africa Solidarité, Gender and Security International Research Network, Hague Appeal for Peace, International Alert, International Women’s Tribune Center, Women’s Action for New Directions, the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children, Women’s Division of General Board of Global Ministries, United Methodist Church, Women’s Environment and Development Organization, and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

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For more information visit: http://www.peacewomen.org/un/ngo/wg.html