The Hague, May 29, 2020 – Mensen met een Missie has been invited to develop a programme with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the theme “Women, Peace and Security” in DR Congo and Burundi.
The programme is part of the National Action Plan (NAP) 1325. NAP 1325 is a partnership between various ministries, diverse knowledge institutions and Dutch civil society organisations to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
UN Resolution 1325
Resolution 1325 was unanimously adopted by the UN Security Council in 2000. These and subsequent resolutions define a set of standards for governments to assign an explicit role to women in conflict prevention and resolution, in reconstruction and recovery processes in post-conflict situations and in preventing gender-based violence in the context of violent conflict.
Women, Peace and Security
The first NAP 1325 programmes of Mensen met een Missie have been implemented since November 2016 in Colombia (in collaboration with ICCO and Healthworks) and DR Congo (with CARE Nederland and Stichting Tosangana) under the name “Women, Peace and Security”. These programmes will run through December 2020.
Joint strategy development
At the end of May 2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited Mensen met een Missie to redevelop a programme for the implementation of the NAP 1325. This programme will again be implemented in DR Congo and now also in Burundi and will cover the period from 2021 to and by 2025. This programme will be developed in collaboration with consortium partners Synergie des Femmes pour la Paix des Grands Lacs and CARE Nederland.
In DR Congo the programme will build upon the current NAP 1325 programme “Women, Peace and Security”. The lessons learned and the successful methods from DR Congo will be used to shape the programme in Burundi.
The local partners with which Mensen met een Missie in DR Congo will design and implement the programme are the women’s networks DIOFAP and CDJPs (diocesan committees for peace and justice) in Butembo, Uvira, Goma and Bikavu, in particular with their programme Dynamique des Femmes. In Burundi, Mensen met een Missie works directly with CEJP (Episcopal Commission for Peace and Justice).
Women and girls as leaders in their communities
The aim of the programme in Burundi and DR Congo is to contribute to meaningful participation of women and girls in conflict prevention, conflict resolution, mediation and peacebuilding in their communities. To achieve this goal, methods of raising awareness and reflection, capacity building and lobbying and advocacy are used. These methods should collectively lead to women and girls having the knowledge and skills to advocate for the implementation of Resolution 1325 in their own communities; to formal power holders taking their responsibility in developing and enforcing policies and laws protecting women and girls and supporting their participation roles in the communities; and to informal power holders questioning and combating discriminatory values and norms.