GENEVA

Advocacy at the HRC and CEDAW, Geneva
FAS has been using its participation in the sessions of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and beforehand of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) held in Geneva, where FAS has its international secretariat, to advocate for the concerns and priorities of African women, bringing women from the field to share their experiences and concerns. These sessions allow FAS to co-organize events where African women working in conflict resolution and peacebuilding testify to the reality of what is happening in their countries and communities. It is vital that women's voices are heard at these high-level international venues where the dialogue is too often dominated by diplomats and government officials. This also allows initiating African women to the mechanisms and functioning of international bodies dealing with the advancement of women and women's human rights. As CEDAW has recently moved its headquarters to Geneva, FAS will be working more closely with it.

CONGO Vice-Presidency, Co-chair of WG on Peace and Member of NGO-CSW, Geneva
FAS is the Vice-President of the Conference of NGOs in consultative relationship with the UN (CONGO), an independent, international, not-for-profit membership association of NGOs based in Geneva, that facilitates the participation of NGOs in UN debates and decisions. FAS regularly participates in the meetings of the CONGO, its General Assembly and Board meetings. The Working group on peace, co-chaired by FAS, is part of the NGO-Committee Status on Women which is a sub-committee of CONGO. FAS is also a member of the Geneva NGO Committee on the Status of Women, (NGO/CSW), a body of the CONGO, made up of 60 international NGOs, which actively works to promote and monitor gender issues within the Human Rights Council, UN/ECOSOC and the Commission on the Status of Women, as well as the implementation of the CEDAW.

Participation as member of Swiss-based organizations
Throughout the year, FAS participates in many meetings either as board member of the Maurice de Madre French Fund handled by ICRC or as a member of the 6th ICRC International Group of Advisers or the CAUX Foundation.


NEW YORK

Advocacy at the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
FAS attends the annual sessions of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) whose main activities are the monitoring of the Beijing +10 process. CSW is an important annual opportunity for FAS to connect with women's organizations from around the world, as well as to be heard by leading decision-makers in governments and UN bodies, and to support African women's international advocacy participation. It has lobbied for and had the rare opportunity to address the entire Assembly in plenary sessions, where FAS Executive Director and FAS partners have given greater visibility to the on-ground reality, struggles and triumphs, and best practices of women living in conflict zones in Africa. Such gatherings also allow great networking and partnership opportunities for FAS and its members. It allows them to stay abreast of international developments and instruments relevant to them.

Participation in UNSCR 1325 Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, NY
Every October since 2004, FAS has contributed to the monitoring of the UNSCR 1325 at the Security Council as a member of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security in New York, which is composed of 11 NGOs formed to monitor and advocate for the participation of women in the prevention of conflict, the protection of all civilians, and the full and rapid implementation of Resolution 1325 of the Security Council in 2000.

Input to UN Peacebuilding Commission
The establishment of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) on 20 December 2005, to support peace efforts in countries emerging from conflict, is of great importance for FAS gender mainstreaming work, particularly with the Commission's selection of Sierra Leone and Burundi as its two first cases; they are two countries in which FAS has worked for many years. FAS will continue linking with the Commission in an attempt to ensure the involvement of women's groups in its field visits and the incorporation of a gender agenda into its work.

AROUND THE WORLD

FAS interventions and participation in international forums
Each year, FAS is invited to intervene in a great number of events, meetings and conferences to share its expertise or as a participant. In 2004-2007, FAS was invited to participate in more than 25 meetings/events taking place in Africa, Europe, the USA and even Asia.

Projects in pipeline

Project on the Mano River region on the Implementation of UNSCR 1325
Following the Great Lakes regional project on national action plans on the implementation of UNSCR 1325, FAS is planning to start the same type of project in the Mano River region (Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea) in Africa in order to work towards the elaboration and implementation of a National Action Plan pushing Member States in Africa to respect their commitment to gender equality and mainstreaming in peace and security policies and plans and providing adequate protection to victims of gender-based violence (GBV) during conflict.

 

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