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Africa: Dismantling Barriers to Women’s Participation in Peace Processes

Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund launches new rapid financing tool

Originally published by the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund

The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) – together with UN, government and civil society partners – launched on Thursday a new financing mechanism to urgently accelerate women’s influence and participation in peace processes across the globe.

Dismantling Barriers to Women’s Participation in Peace Processes, @WPHFund Launches New Rapid Financing Tool | Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund https://t.co/zJgOiGEjx7 #RapidResponse | #SheBuildsPeace | #WPS | #WPHFund

– Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund (@wphfund) January 15, 2021

The new WPHF Rapid Response Window (RRW) on Women’s Participation in Peace Processes and the Implementation of Peace Agreements addresses the countless technical and logistical barriers that women and local civil society organizations often face to participate meaningfully in peace processes at all levels – such as travel, childcare, translation, advocacy, and capacity building support.

“The Rapid Response Window of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund will make a real difference in the lives of women peacebuilders – and through them – their communities and societies. This tool will deliver flexible funding to civil society organizations so that women can take their rightful place at the peace table.” said UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed at yesterday’s official launch event.

A recommendation of the UN Secretary General in his 2019 annual report on Women, Peace and Security, this critical new financing mechanism was designed in consultation with women peacebuilders and a wide range of UN and civil society stakeholders to support more women to effectively access and shape peace processes around the world.