Study on women and armed conflict for Slovenian Presidency
In support to the Slovenian presidency the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs has offered to finance a study on women & armed conflict as a supplement to a study on children & armed conflict. The study will represent a basis for debate on this topic at the May 2008 GAERC meeting and should lead to Council Conclusions for follow up of next presidencies of the Council of the EU.
The purpose of this study is to explore how to further improve the Union's approach and develop a policy on integrating the concerns of women affected by armed conflict into EU development policy and programmes.
The study shall:
" Identify and briefly summarise the main problems of women affected by armed conflict;
" Identify the major accomplishments and limitations of the EU's approach and past response regarding women in armed conflict, including: efficiency of EU response, coherence of EU external action, adequacy of EU development instruments, and, in particular, their interaction.
" Assess how the EU's range of available policy instruments and structures can be combined and used more effectively to address the needs of women affected by armed conflict through EU development policies and programmes.
" Provide key recommendations for an adequate EU response strategy addressing women affected by armed conflict, including short-term and longer term practical recommendations targeting the European institutions.
" Highlight possible linkages between the available EU policy instruments and structures and the approaches implemented by the UN.
Dr. Andrew Sherriff, who has already conducted the study on children & armed conflict, is contracted for this study. Organisational matters regarding a smooth preparation, dissemination and publication of the study and other back-up services will be carried out by ECDPM (European Centre for Development Policy Management, Maastricht) and financed by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.