International Civil Society Action Network

International Civil Society Action Network ICAN is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to support civil society, particularly women actively promoting peace and co-existence in closed and conflict effected societies around the world.

ICAN is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to support civil society, particularly women actively promoting peace and co-existence in closed and conflict effected societies. Posts do not imply endorsement.

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Yesterday, we were honored to join the High-level Summit, hosted by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon and Foreign, Commonwealth & ...
11/19/2020

Yesterday, we were honored to join the High-level Summit, hosted by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, to celebrate Women Mediators across the Commonwealth.

ICAN's Founder and CEO Sanam Naraghi Anderlini spoke, alongside HRH Countess of Wessex (The Royal Family), Her Excellency Patricia Scotland (The Commonwealth), members of Women Mediators across the Commonwealth (Conciliation Resources) and Commonwealth states supporting #UNSCR1325 and #WPS.

We were thrilled that ICAN's Protection Framework (bit.ly/3osaQ2h) was endorsed by Canada’s Foreign Policy—Global Affairs Canada and Government of Rwanda during the event. Thank you to the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for reaffirming your commitment and calling on other governments to do the same. #WPSin2020 #SheBuildsPeace

📌 NEW BRIEF ALERT: "Funding Women Peacebuilders:  Dismantling Barriers to Peace"  Read our operational guidance on how t...
11/19/2020
Funding Women Peacebuilders: Dismantling Barriers to Peace - ICAN

📌 NEW BRIEF ALERT: "Funding Women Peacebuilders: Dismantling Barriers to Peace"

Read our operational guidance on how to dramatically transform funding systems for women #peacebuilders who stem instability and violence in their communities.

We will be discussing the findings of the brief TODAY at 10:30 (EST)/ 15:30 (UTC) - register here https://bit.ly/2UakJ6Z or follow live on facebook. #SheBuildsPeace #WPSin2020 #WPS

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Recognizing the value and need to channel equitable resources to local women’s peacebuilding organizations (WPBOs) have been constant stipulations of the value of the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda since its inception at the turn of the 21st century. From the United Nations to its 193 mem...

⏰ Happening TOMORROW:  'Funding Women Peacebuilders' Launch Event! Have you RSVP'ed yet? bit.ly/2UakJ6ZYou don't want to...
11/18/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Funding Women Peacebuilders: Dismantling Barriers to Peace. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

⏰ Happening TOMORROW: 'Funding Women Peacebuilders' Launch Event! Have you RSVP'ed yet? bit.ly/2UakJ6Z

You don't want to miss this discussion on channeling equitable resources to local women’s organizations at the forefront of global peace and security.

Hear local and international perspectives on funding Women Peacebuilders from:
🔹 Paivi Kannisto, Chief, Peace and Security, UN Women
🔹 Krista House, Deputy Director, Canada’s Foreign Policy—Global Affairs Canada
🔹 Abir Haj Ibrahim, Co-Founder of Mobaderoon - مبادرون
🔹 Shafqat Mehmood, Co-founder and Chairperson Paiman Alumni Trust
🔹 France Bognon, Innovative Peace Fund Program Director, ICAN
🔹 Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, Founder & CEO, ICAN

#SheBuildsPeace #WPSin2020

Join the International Civil Action Network (ICAN) to discuss our latest brief: “Funding Women Peacebuilders: Dismantling Barriers to Peace”. The efforts of women peacebuilders are systemically underfunded, resulting in less sustainable peace, and harm to local organizations in conflict-affected...

The ICAN team seeks a highly motivated Program Intern to work on a range of research, coordination and program tasks. Th...
11/16/2020
Program Intern - ICAN

The ICAN team seeks a highly motivated Program Intern to work on a range of research, coordination and program tasks. This internship will run from January to May 2021.

Please see the description and share widely.
#Internship #Intern https://bit.ly/3nuCNFq

The ICAN team seeks a highly motivated Program Intern to work on a range of research, coordination and program tasks. This unpaid winter/spring internship requires a minimum of 20 hrs/week and will run from January to May 2021 with a possibility of extension.

Join us this Monday, November 16th (10am ET) for a #Yes4YPS discussion on the intersections of the youth- and women, pea...
11/13/2020

Join us this Monday, November 16th (10am ET) for a #Yes4YPS discussion on the intersections of the youth- and women, peace security agendas! RSVP here: bit.ly/Yes4YPS

We’re co-hosting with Global Network of Women Peacebuilders & Alliance for Peacebuilding and have an amazing line-up of speakers that will be sharing their on-the-ground experiences from Somalia, Philippines, Afghanistan, Canada and Uganda! 🌍

#WASL partner, Dr. Amat Al Salam is on the frontlines of pushing for peace in Yemen. On Friday, October 16th, her organi...
11/13/2020
Abductees’ Mothers Association: On the Front Lines of Yemen’s Prisoner Swap - ICAN

#WASL partner, Dr. Amat Al Salam is on the frontlines of pushing for peace in Yemen. On Friday, October 16th, her organization, رابطة أمهات المختطفين - Association of Abductee's mothers, helped achieve the largest prisoner swap in the history of the 5-year conflict.

Read about her transformative work and this latest milestone for peace in our new feature: https://bit.ly/3luvmNQ
#YemenCrisis #YemenCantWait #SheBuildsPeace

On the morning of Friday 16th October, the Abductees’ Mothers Association celebrated a major victory when Yemen’s warring parties completed the largest prisoner exchange in the history of the five-and-a-half-year long conflict. In a two-day process, 1,056 individuals held by both the Houthi rebe...

We are 1 week away from our "Funding Women Peacebuilders" event and excited to announce the speakers:🔹 Paivi Kannisto, C...
11/12/2020

We are 1 week away from our "Funding Women Peacebuilders" event and excited to announce the speakers:

🔹 Paivi Kannisto, Chief, Peace and Security, UN Women
🔹 Krista House, Deputy Director, Canada’s Foreign Policy—Global Affairs Canada (Asia and WPS)
🔹 Abir Haj Ibrahim, Co-Founder of Mobaderoon - مبادرون
🔹 Shafqat Mehmood, Co-founder and Chairperson Paiman Alumni Trust
🔹 France Bognon, Innovative Peace Fund Program Director, ICAN
🔹 Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, Founder & CEO, ICAN

Register now: bit.ly/2UakJ6Z #SheBuildsPeace

📢 DATE/TIME CHANGE: Join us to launch ICAN's latest brief “Funding Women Peacebuilders: Dismantling Barriers to Peace”.

On November 19th, 10:3O EST/15:30 UTC we will be discussing our practical guidance on funding women-led civil society organizations in conflict settings and hearing directly from local peacebuilders and members of the donor community.

Register now: https://bit.ly/2UakJ6Z
#SheBuildsPeace #WPSin2020 #WomenPeacePower

11/12/2020
Reflection on 2020 Myanmar General Election

Reflections from #WASL partner Wai Wai Nu, Founder and Executive Director of Women's Peace Network on the recent #MyanmarElection and continued disenfranchisement of #Rohingyas: "I am deeply sad for my people Rohingyas and other ethnic communities who were denied their right to vote or political participation."

#SheBuildsPeace #StandWithWomenPeacebuilders
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NKe_f25pDp8

Myanmar conducted nationwide general election on the 8th Nov 2020. Here is what I have to say.

Violence often touches Women Peacebuilders' lives in extremely personal ways. Yet, they remain committed to advocating a...
11/11/2020
Despite Tragedy, Peacebuilder Khedija Arfaoui Remains Resilient - ICAN

Violence often touches Women Peacebuilders' lives in extremely personal ways. Yet, they remain committed to advocating and mobilizing for peace.

Tunisian peace activist & #WASL member, Khedija Arfaoui tragically lost her son and daughter-in-law to violent extremism, but remains resilient, saying, “The more you act, and the more you speak out, the more chances you have of reaching people and other advocates who can join you.”

Read about Khedija Arfaoui's story in our latest feature: https://icanpeacework.org/2020/11/10/despite-tragedy-peacebuilder-khedija-arfaoui-remains-resilient/

On September 7, 2020, a Turkish court sentenced a man to life in prison for carrying out the Istanbul nightclub attack on New Years Day in 2017. 39 people lost their lives in the early hours of that day—including  Dr.  Khedijah  Arfaoui’s son and daughter-in-law, Mohamed and Senda....

At a time of political transition in the US, we uphold the #WPS Act and Strategy. We were fortunate to have Ambassador C...
11/10/2020
A restart on the WPS Agenda - ICAN

At a time of political transition in the US, we uphold the #WPS Act and Strategy. We were fortunate to have Ambassador Currie
Department of State: Office of Global Women's Issues join us this summer for a #WASL Community Check-in call with 27 women #peacebuilders from around the world.

Please see our summary of the discussion: https://t.co/yGyeGfm3dU?amp=1

At a time of significant global foreign policy challenges, the Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues is stepping up their game with a focused effort on the implementation of the U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the U.S Department of State Plan to Implement the...

📣IN 1 WEEK: We’re co-hosting a #Yes4YPS webinar with theGlobal Network of Women Peacebuilders on the importance and inte...
11/09/2020

📣IN 1 WEEK: We’re co-hosting a #Yes4YPS webinar with the
Global Network of Women Peacebuilders on the importance and intersections of the #YPS and #WPS agendas!

📅 Monday, November 16th, 10 AM (ET)
🔗 RSVP: http://bit.ly/Yes4YPS

Hear from an amazing line-up of speakers from #WASL, Young Women Leaders for Peace (Philippines), and the Canadian Coalition for Youth, Peace & Security!

📢  DATE/TIME CHANGE: Join us to launch ICAN's latest brief “Funding Women Peacebuilders: Dismantling Barriers to Peace”....
11/08/2020

📢 DATE/TIME CHANGE: Join us to launch ICAN's latest brief “Funding Women Peacebuilders: Dismantling Barriers to Peace”.

On November 19th, 10:3O EST/15:30 UTC we will be discussing our practical guidance on funding women-led civil society organizations in conflict settings and hearing directly from local peacebuilders and members of the donor community.

Register now: https://bit.ly/2UakJ6Z
#SheBuildsPeace #WPSin2020 #WomenPeacePower

📢  DATE/TIME CHANGE: for several reasons the date of our upcoming "Funding Women Peacebuilders" launch event has been mo...
11/06/2020

📢 DATE/TIME CHANGE: for several reasons the date of our upcoming "Funding Women Peacebuilders" launch event has been moved. The event will now be held on Thursday 19th November Alarm clock 10:30 EST/15:30 UTC

Register here: https://bit.ly/3lbY99F

#SheBuildsPeace #WPSin2020 #WomenPeacePower

Women's Peace & Humanitarian Fund
11/06/2020

Women's Peace & Humanitarian Fund

📣Our civil-society board members are calling on all interested NGOs to apply for a seat on the @wphfund board for the 2021-2022 term. Join our partnership & contribute to decision-making that supports local women's orgs on the front lines of crises.
➡️ https://bit.ly/3649Ysn

#TBThursday: Can you believe our #ICANForum2019 took place 1 year ago today? Thinking of our #WASL family of #WomenPeace...
11/05/2020

#TBThursday: Can you believe our #ICANForum2019 took place 1 year ago today?

Thinking of our #WASL family of #WomenPeacebuilders around the world 🌏 during this trying time and thankful for our weekly check-in calls that keep us connected. Fingers crossed for #ICANForum2021 #SheBuildsPeace

The #ICANForum2019 sessions today focused on the importance of protecting, recognizing and supporting the work of #womenpeacebuilders at all levels. Thank you HRH Countess of Wessex & Ambassador Richard Wood for your support and commitment to #StandwithWomenPeacebuilders.

#WASL #ICANForum2019 #WomenInPeace #Peacebuilding

We are so pleased to formally welcome #WASL member Zarqa Yaftali, Director of the Women and Children Legal Research Foun...
11/05/2020

We are so pleased to formally welcome #WASL member Zarqa Yaftali, Director of the Women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF). WCLRF conduct research and advocacy on women and children rights issues in #Afghanistan.

Zarqa recently addressed the United Nations #SecurityCouncil during the Open Debate on #WPS stating that "Peace cannot come at the expense of women's rights." She said that #Afghanistan is the true test of the #UNSC's commitment to #UNSCR1325.

Watch her speech via 📹: https://bit.ly/3eFuYcV
#SheBuildsPeace #WPSin2020 #WomenPeacePower

Introducing a fantastic new #WASL partner: Fatima Pir Allian from the Nisa ul-Haqq Fi Bangsamoro, Inc., the #Philippines...
11/04/2020

Introducing a fantastic new #WASL partner: Fatima Pir Allian from the Nisa ul-Haqq Fi Bangsamoro, Inc., the #Philippines. Fatima works primarily on participatory action research and participated in ICAN’s GSX workshop which informed #InvisibleWomen.

The Women for Justice in the Bangsamoro’s work includes documenting historical injustices, land dispossession and #HumanRightsViolations against the Bangsamoro People. The group also work on #SRHR, #GBV & other gender issues. #SheBuildsPeace

🎙️ Have a listen to this podcast episode: Omid Nouripour in conversation with ICAN's CEO & Founder, Sanam Naraghi Anderl...
11/03/2020
feminist foreign policy with Sanam Naraghi Anderlini - Frieden & Eintracht international

🎙️ Have a listen to this podcast episode: Omid Nouripour in conversation with ICAN's CEO & Founder, Sanam Naraghi Anderlini.

They discuss the #USElection2020, bringing about #UNSCR1325, the power of women #peacebuilders, the #AfghanPeaceProcess, what's next for the #WPS agenda and more!

#WPSin2020 #SheBuildsPeace https://spoti.fi/2I2dJpz

This time talking to the great Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini, consultant to the United Nations on the subject of women and conflict and co-founder and executive director of the International Civil Society Action Network (ICAN.) She is also an author specializing in gender, equality and non-violence. As a....

We are excited to introduce a new #WASL partner from #Cameroon, Caryn Dasah, Founder of Hope Advocates Africa. Caryn has...
11/02/2020

We are excited to introduce a new #WASL partner from #Cameroon, Caryn Dasah, Founder of Hope Advocates Africa. Caryn has trained women in community mediation, leads a radio women’s forum and provides psychosocial support to survivors of #GBV. She is a founding member of Cameroon Women's Peace Movement and a member of the UN Women #GenerationEquality task force. Welcome! #SheBuildsPeace

To mark #WPSin2020 The Countess of Wessex (The Royal Family) has paid tribute to women #peacebuilders noting that suppor...
11/02/2020
Women are the unsung heroes of peacebuilding

To mark #WPSin2020 The Countess of Wessex (The Royal Family) has paid tribute to women #peacebuilders noting that supporting them "is one of the most uplifting things I do."

We thank The Countess for mentioning ICAN's Protection Framework: "A new protection framework... presents an opportunity to protect, as well as promote, women peacebuilders and human rights defenders.

We also thank the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office for championing the framework, see it here: https://bit.ly/3osaQ2h

#SheBuildsPeace #WomenPeacePower #UNSCR1325
https://bit.ly/2TKHBtj

We must encourage the acceptance that their full and meaningful inclusion is the norm.

10/31/2020

Happy 20th Anniversary of UNSCR 1325! In celebration, we’re throwing it back to year 2000 when our Founder & CEO Sanam Naraghi Anderlini was interviewed by UN Chronicle about her book, "Women at the Peace Table”.

We’re proud that at ICAN (International Civil Society Network), we’re doing exactly what Sanam was advocating for 20 years ago: strengthening grassroots women’s movements for peace.

Through our programs, we facilitate an exchange of experiences among women peacebuilders, and support their work through capacity building and funding resources.

Check out our #SheBuildsPeace campaign for more! https://icanpeacework.org/shebuildspeace/

Video Credit: UN Web TV

#WPSin2020 #WomenPeacePower #UNSCR1325 #StandWithWomenPeacebuilders #WomenAdvancePeace #WPS #Peacebuilding #WomenPeaceSecurity

10/30/2020

Our WASL partner from Cameroon, Clotilda Andiensa (Center for Advocacy, Gender Equality and Action for Development): “Woman peacebuilders in my community face enormous risks on a daily basis” and are looked at “as enemies instead of allies.”

Clotilda’s remarks are part of a larger conversation we had last week in our virtual launch event for our new “Protecting Women Peacebuilders” brief! We discussed how and why women peacebuilders must be protected from the complex matrix of threats they face, offering recommendations for states and multilateral actors.

Check out the full conversation: https://www.facebook.com/watch/whatthewomensay/
Check out the brief: https://icanpeacework.org/2020/10/21/protecting-women-peacebuilders-the-front-lines-of-sustainable-peace

#WASL #SheBuildsPeace #WPSin2020 #StandWithWomenPeacebuilders #WomenPeacePower #WomenAdvancePeace #WPS #Peacebuilding

10/30/2020

Our WASL partner from Sri Lanka, Visaka Dharmadasa (Association of War Affected Women) reflected on her own experiences of being threatened because of her peacebuilding work, capturing the gravity of and urgent need for protecting women peacebuilders.

Visaka’s remarks are part of a larger conversation we had last week in our virtual launch event for our new “Protecting Women Peacebuilders” brief! We discussed how and why women peacebuilders must be protected from the complex matrix of threats they face, offering recommendations for states and multilateral actors.

Check out the full conversation: https://www.facebook.com/watch/whatthewomensay/
Check out the brief: https://icanpeacework.org/2020/10/21/protecting-women-peacebuilders-the-front-lines-of-sustainable-peace

#WASL #SheBuildsPeace #WPSin2020 #StandWithWomenPeacebuilders #WomenPeacePower #WomenAdvancePeace #WPS #Peacebuilding

📣 The #UNSCR1325 Open Debate has ended & the #WPSBingo Results ARE IN! Tied for 1st Place are DFID - UK Department for I...
10/29/2020

📣 The #UNSCR1325 Open Debate has ended & the #WPSBingo Results ARE IN!

Tied for 1st Place are DFID - UK Department for International Development & German Embassy Washington 🇬🇧🇩🇪
Tied for 2nd Place are Niger & Diplomatie.Belgium 🇳🇪
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See images for their commitments! #WomenPeacePower #WPSin2020

📣 We invite you to play #WPSBingo during today's United Nations Security Council #WomenPeacePower Open Debate! Watch at ...
10/29/2020

📣 We invite you to play #WPSBingo during today's United Nations Security Council #WomenPeacePower Open Debate!

Watch at 10 am EST on http://webtv.un.org! Download the image, play along as statements are read and see who makes specific commitments to #WomenPeacebuilders.

We will track the commitments made by each delegate to #StandWithWomenPeacebuilders based on ICAN's Participation, Protection & Funding Frameworks.

#WPSin2020 #SheBuildsPeace LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Alliance for Peacebuilding Global Network of Women Peacebuilders PCDNetwork Monash GPS International Peace Institute

10/28/2020

Our WASL Program Director, Melinda Holmes identified two key features in the nature of women peacebuilders’ bridge-building work that puts them at particular risk in conflict settings.

Melinda’s remarks are part of a larger conversation we had last week in our virtual launch event for our new “Protecting Women Peacebuilders” brief! We discussed how and why women peacebuilders must be protected from the complex matrix of threats they face, offering recommendations for states and multilateral actors.

Check out the full conversation: https://www.facebook.com/watch/whatthewomensay/

#WASL #SheBuildsPeace #WPSin2020 #StandWithWomenPeacebuilders #WomenPeacePower #WomenAdvancePeace #WPS #Peacebuilding

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Our theory of change holds that civil society – especially women’s – participation in the promotion of rights, peace and security in countries affected by conflict and crises, leads to a higher chance of successful peace and sustainability. We also believe that inclusivity while essential and acknowledged in policy, remain marginal and unrealized in existing practices. ICAN also recognizes that change happens gradually; that it does not take place in vacuum nor it is always in one direction or positive. Our approach to the theory of change requires reflecting and addressing the following in our daily work.

Our strategy is to strengthen women’s institutions and activism for rights, peace and security in their countries, while amplifying their presence and gendered perspectives in regional and global policy arenas. In 2015, ICAN formally spearheaded WASL—the acronym means ‘connect’ or ‘link’ in Arabic, Farsi and Urdu. The Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL) brings together existing women’s networks,practitioners, and organizations with long-standing experience in addressing extremism and promoting peace, rights and pluralism to improve practices in communities affected by violence, and inform and offer pragmatic policy solutions for the international community. WASL members are locally rooted and transnationally linked women-led organizations with the authenticity and credibility to not only counter or prevent violent extremism but also crucially provide positive alternative visions and solutions for their societies by promoting peace, rights and pluralism.

Our team has over 50 years of collective experience in promoting women’s rights, peace, and human security in countries affected by conflict, transition, and closed political space. We invite the global community to walk alongside us in our efforts to counter the rising tide of extremism.

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Three WASL members participating at Beyond Borders Scotland 1325 Fellowship Program. Visaka Dharmadasa, and Mossarat Qadeem, it was great to be together with both of you.