AOO: Capacity building for NGOs, CSOs, feminists, Activists, and Journalists.

Capacity building for NGOs, CSOs, feminists, activists, and journalists is an essential aspect of promoting gender equality and human rights around the world. The United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) agenda provide a framework for gender mainstreaming in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and post-conflict reconstruction. However, the implementation of these frameworks requires the active participation of civil society organizations, women’s rights groups, and other stakeholders.

In March and April 2023, the Accepting Others Organization (AOO) implemented a capacity-building program for 120 women from Diyala’s civil society organizations (CSOs), women’s rights organizations (WROs), feminists, activists, and journalists. The two-day training sessions focused on UNSCR 1325 and the WPS agenda, aiming to enhance the participant’s knowledge and skills in promoting gender equality, preventing gender-based violence, and ensuring women’s meaningful participation in peace processes.

The training were held in six different locations in Diyala, Iraq, including Ba’quba, Al-Muqdadiya, Khanaqin, Kifri, and Balad Ruz, with 20 participants from each location. The program was funded by Cordaid, a Netherlands-based international development organization that supports civil society organizations around the world in promoting sustainable and inclusive development.

The program’s total beneficiaries were 120 women, representing various sectors and organizations from Diyala. The participants gained practical knowledge and skills in gender mainstreaming in peacebuilding and conflict resolution, including conflict analysis, negotiation, and mediation. They also learned about the role of women in promoting sustainable peace and security and the importance of ensuring their meaningful participation in decision-making processes.

The program’s success highlights the importance of capacity building for civil society organizations, women’s rights groups, and other stakeholders in promoting gender equality and human rights. It also demonstrates the need for continued support and investment in such programs to ensure the sustainability of their impact. Through initiatives such as these, we can continue to promote gender equality, prevent gender-based violence, and empower women to play an active role in building a peaceful and just world.

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