Contribution to Women's Peace and Humanitarian Fund
The Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) supports demand driven initiatives by local civil society organizations promoting women’s increased participation in peace and security and humanitarian processes. The Austrian contribution will support Outcome 4 (Conflict Resolution) of the WPHF. This outcome promotes a favorable attitude of mediators and parties to the conflict towards women's participation; the availability of gender expertise in the negotiations; as well as increase leadership capacity and influence of women to engage in formal and informal peace negotiations.
The contribution shall, in particular, support the first implementation of the rapid response window that will be developed early 2020 with Austrian participation. The rapid response window is a recommendation of the 2019 SG Report on the implementation of UNSCR 1325. The window shall remove practical hurdles women - wanting to participate in peace negotiations - face; such as access to visa, travel or child care as well as provide training and technical/strategic support to enhance women's roles in peace processes and implementation. The window will provide flexible and fast support to women to participate in formal and informal peace negotiations. The expected results are more equal participation of women in formal and informal peace negotiations and that women’s need, concerns and recommendations are included in conflict resolution and peace agreements.
The contribution will support between 13 to 16 civil society organizations and reach around 8,000 women and girls directly. The rapid response window has a global reach and will be applied based on the decisions of the Steering Committee of the WPHF.
The project will support directly as well as provide grants for civil society organizations to implement projects relating to women’s participation in formal and informal peace negotiations as well as the implementation of peace agreements.
The project will also contribute to the organization of WPHF’s first ever Global Civil Society Summit bringing together WPHF grantees, the UN, the donor community, INGOs, private sector and academia to discuss lessons learned, good practices and challenges facing local grassroot organizations working on WPS issues. An outcome document will be developed and will feed into the discussions around the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325. The Summit takes place in Vienna on 19-20 February 2020.
The WPHF is a flexible and rapid financing mechanism that supports quality interventions to enhance the capacity of women to prevent conflict, respond to crises and emergencies, seize key peacebuilding opportunities, and encourage the sustainability and national ownership of investments. The WPHF promotes women’s increased participation in peace and security and humanitarian processes.