Women Activists and Peacebuilders, Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship 2021: This Fellowship is based around the principles of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 which “reaffirms the role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflict, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction, and stresses the importance of their equal participation in all efforts for the promotion of peace and security”.
By bringing together women activists and peacebuilders from a range of conflict-affected countries the fellowship provides expert guidance and capacity building training in topics such as mediation, peacebuilding, and dialogue methodologies with an emphasis on inclusivity and sustainable conflict resolution. The fellowship also includes sessions on personal self-care strategies for those living in conflict areas and those involved in conflict-based work. To date, the fellowship has been held three times a year in Edinburgh and has so far involved over 200 women from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kashmir, Lebanon, Libya, the Maldives, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen.
The Fellowship Programme aims to:
- Provide a platform enabling the sharing of experiences concerning UNSCR1325 and the global Women, Peace, and Security agenda; women’s roles in peacebuilding and conflict resolution; and gender equality;
- explore the equal and meaningful participation of women in peace processes, peacebuilding, and more widely in society, including identifying challenges and entry points;
- facilitate a network of women engaged in an on-going learning and experience sharing process, building a sustainable and evolving alumnae community;
- guide topics including mediation; reconciliation; political participation; transitional justice; constitution-building; gender equality; policy advocacy; and self-care strategies, among others.
The program facilitates peer to peer learning providing a safe space for fellows to learn from each other through sharing experiences, ideas, and challenges faced in their different contexts. The connections established during programs continue to be crucial in the implementation of future fellowship programs, and the Fellowship continues to build sustainable networks of fellows from the MENA and South Asia regions and facilitates local and inter-regional networks and collaboration.
Eligibility Criteria For Women Activists and Peacebuilders, Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship 2021:
This program is open to women from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia, who:
- Are working in fields such as:
- Mediation and dialogue;
- Women’s rights and/or empowerment & advocacy;
- Cultural dialogue;
- Issues relating to gender-based violence;
- Issues relating to refugees or displaced people;
- Human Rights;
- Humanitarian assistance;
- Transitional Justice;
- Disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration
- Are available from November 1st to December 6th and can manage the time commitment (see above) of 6 hours of live sessions per week, plus self-paced work between sessions;
- Are fluent in Arabic and/or English
Eligible Countries: Countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia
To be Taken at (Country): In 2020/21, due to the implications of COVID-19, the Fellowship Programme will take place remotely through the use of a video conferencing platform and online resources.
Number of Awards: Not specified
Duration & Value of Women Activists and Peacebuilders, Women in Conflict 1325 Fellowship 2021:
- This program will take place remotely over six weeks, and will include a combination of live sessions using a video-conferencing platform and self-paced work made available online. This will include reading materials, videos, infographics, worksheets, and topics for group discussion;
- Precise dates will be confirmed, but the live program sessions will likely begin on November 1st and end on December 6th at the very latest – some course materials will be made available, and introductory activities will take place in advance of the start date;
- The anticipated likely time commitment per week is two 3-hour video conferencing sessions (6 hours in total) plus a maximum of 4 hours of self-paced work;
- Simultaneous Arabic-English interpretation will be available for all video conferencing sessions, and course materials will all be available in Arabic and English
How to Apply:
- Please send the completed application form and an up to date cv to [email protected] – by 5 pm (BST) on Friday 4th September.
- Applications can be accepted in English or Arabic. Late applications will not be accepted.
- Please ensure that you meet the criteria above before applying. You will be contacted if your application has been successful.
Application Deadline: 4th September 2020 by 5 pm (BST).
- It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.
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