Gendering Human Security, Peacebuilding & Conflict Transformation Course

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The training is targeting 15 practitioners from around the continent whose work revolves around gendering peacebuilding initiatives, gender mainstreaming in organizations, prevention of sexual violence against women in situations of conflict and integrating UNSCR 1325, CEDAW and Human Security into organizational projects/programmes. Time will be dedicated to discuss how integration of human security in projects/programmes can be used as a strategy for reducing gender based violence, promoting gender equality and building sustainable peace.

The Course Content

1. Understanding violence against women: Violence is one way of dealing with conflicts (Galtung (1990, 1996) and is represented in three separate types distinguished as physical, structural or cultural. Among the issues to be looked at the training will be the escalation of violence against women in situations of violent conflicts and corresponding tragic developments in which women are targeted in all forms of Gender Based Violence (GBV). **

2. Linking Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Human Security and Peacebuilding: Current international standards addressing GBV in conflict and post conflict areas draw upon a wide array of provisions contained in a variety of human rights instruments that safeguard women and girls. The course will help participants identify relevant provisions in selected CEDAW articles which they can advance towards the prevention of sexual violence against women in situations of conflict.

3. Gendering Conflict transformation around UNSCRs: In reference to grassroots based cases studies benefiting indirectly and directly from the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008), the participants will look at what these resolutions are, their various provisions, relation to women in conflict areas, and how to incorporate them in ongoing peacebuilding and reconstruction work in their contexts.

4. Human security paradigm and its relevance to women violence prevention: Human security paradigm perceives the ordinary citizen including women as a purpose and not as a means to security. The training will identify and emphasize the considerations for human security as integrated approach to conflict transformation and peacebuilding. **

5. Gender Mainstreaming in peacebuilding: Women continue to be underrepresented in peacebuilding processes, yet research shows that where women get engaged, violence often declines and it becomes easier to build more sustainable peace. The session will explore the various strategies that programmes/organizations can put in place to ensure effective participation and contribution of women in the processes.

Target Groups: These are expected to be from within the NGOs sector, civil society, government agencies and other institutions supporting or learning peace issues, gender mainstreaming, CEDAW, UNSCR 1325 and GBV prevention in fragile environments.

Fee information

Option 1: $ 800-This covers tuition, resource materials, certificate of participation and day meals at the training centre (Convent International Hotel, Convent Drive, Off James Gichuru road in Lavington, Nairobi)

Option 2: $1300-This covers tuition, certificate of participation, day meals and full board accommodation at the training centre from the evening of 19th April to breakfast on 25th April 2020.

Airport pickups and drop offs in Nairobi, Kenya are done at no extra cost.

How to register

Filled in application forms should be sent to COPA through any of the emails, All received applications will be acknowledged. If successful a corresponding letter of admission and other necessary documentations will be sent to the applicant.

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