CCR's gender and peacebuilding work aims to:

  • Promote and encourage implementation of gender-sensitive peacebuilding strategies (for example, United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 of 2000 on women and security, the 2003 African Union Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, and related gender equality issues);
  • Provide technical gender and peacebuilding support and advice to selected national gender machineries and other government ministries, as well as responding to requests for gender and peacebuilding technical support; and
  • Build the conflict resolution and negotiation skills of civil society women's groups and gender ministries.

CCR's Gender and Peacebuilding project seeks to transform patriarchal structures, policies, and norms to allow the full participation of women in governance and in the prevention, management, and resolution of conflicts and violence against women in post-conflict and fragile states.

CCR's gender and peacebuilding workshops target national and regional institutions working on peacebuilding and human rights issues, and include men and women in politics and public administration in Africa, particularly decision-makers from ministries of defence, security, and gender; security sector institutions such as the military and police; as well as key sub-regional organisations. These workshops also target women in politics who have been elected to national and local assemblies, as well as the media and security agencies.

As a result of this work, CCR expects that:

  • In countries in which the Centre has held gender and peacebuilding interventions, policies pertaining to gender will be increasingly informed by the needs, perspectives, and experiences of women at the grassroots level;
  • Civil society women's groups trained by CCR in conflict resolution approaches will manage conflicts pertaining to gender issues and other matters in their local communities more effectively;
  • Skills acquired by workshop participants will be used at institutional levels to benefit local communities;
  • Within institutions trained by CCR, the capacity of women to participate fully in decision-making and leadership roles will be increased; and
  • The Centre's gender and peacebuilding manuals will be utilised effectively in training conducted by institutions trained by CCR.

CCR's Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women (FLOW) Project

Between March 2013 and December 2015, CCR implemented a project to transform patriarchy in institutions across four African sub-regions. The aim was to empower women, and to address unequal norms that continue to limit their access to, and participation in, decision-making in peacekeeping and conflict resolution.

Over the course of the three-year project, CCR convened key institutions that engage in social reconstruction, peacebuilding, and peacekeeping from both government and civil society levels to explore, interrogate, capacitate, commit, and ultimately take action that would contribute towards creating more gender-equal institutions.

The inherent assumption of this approach was that more gender-equal institutions would lead to gender-sensitive interventions and programmes, as well as the facilitation of gender equality beyond the actual trained institutions.

During the project period, the Centre built the capacity of institutions from:

  • Southern Africa (South Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo);
  • West Africa (Ghana and Liberia);
  • East Africa (Kenya and Uganda); and
  • North Africa (Tunisia and Morocco).

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