By Farah Kobaissy
The realization of women’s rights and gender justice in the Middle East and North Africa is inseparably entwined with conflict resolution and peace building efforts explains Farah Kobaissy.
“No matter where you are, everyone says that now is not the time to talk about these issues. There is no such thing as women’s rights. We are in times of war, there is a massive humanitarian crisis. They say now is not the time.”- Yemeni Activist
Mark Goldring and Harriet Lamb
A new report from Oxfam and International Alert looks at how violent conflict impacts local civil society and how international partners respond. Here Harriet Lamb, CEO of International Alert and Mark Goldring, CEO of Oxfam GB, reflect on the key findings and their implications for future and current partnerships in conflict.
Building peace means ensuring better governance and should result in people being safe from harm and having better livelihoods, wellbeing and access to justice. Peacebuilding requires wide support, especially in the current climate of frayed international relations and increasing conflicts (in both number and scale), exemplified by the war in Syria, where hundreds of thousands of people have died and millions are displaced.
The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
This policy brief outlines options for strengthening rule of law in Lebanon to improve access to justice for both Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees. It discusses stopgap measures for the temporary stay of Syrian refugees in the country and highlights opportunities for long-term reform of the justice system. The brief provides recommendations to key actors on actions to reduce the unsustainable pressure on the Lebanese justice system and to ensure protection of the displaced population.
Salary: £37,901 per annum, pro rata, plus excellent benefits
Based: London, UK
Closing date: 29 January 2018
We are looking for a proactive individual for the post of Peacebuilding Adviser. You will be supporting the State-Citizen Relations portfolio, which is one of International Alert’s six strategic focus areas. You will be working on developing peacebuilding approaches, projects as well as advocacy strategies to address conflict dynamics around violent extremism (VE).
Based: London or in one of Alert’s Country Offices in Africa
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced finance professional to join our Africa team.
With a strong track record in NGO finance and experience of working with a range of donors, you will support a diverse team implementing peacebuilding projects across Africa and will be required to converse in English and French.