282 MENA UN Resolution 1325: Women, Peace and Security

Part 1: 5–23 October 2015
Part 2: 4–15 April 2016
Part 1: Stockholm, SwedenSweden
Part 2: To be decidedSweden
Number of participants
Target Region
Middle East and Northern Africa
Closing date for applications
March 30, 2015


The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) offers, as part of its bilateral development assistance, Advanced International Training Programmes of strategic importance to the social and economic development in the participants’ countries. The International Training Programmes are specially designed for persons qualified to participate in reform processes of strategic importance on different levels and holds a position in home organisation with a mandate to run processes of change. This methodology is based on the assumption that your country wishes to carry out changes and are willing to invest own resources to achieve these changes. In the long-term perspective the programmes shall contribute to institutional strengthening and capacity development in the participants’ countries.

Training is focused on support to individual or team plans for change. The plan shall be well established in the participant's organisation and is a basic part of the programme concept.

In this brochure you will find information on the specific objectives for this particular programme, its content and structure, and how and when to apply. You will also find an application form.

UNSCR 1325 was a milestone in international efforts to end “gender blindness” and marginalization of women in conflict and post conflict peace and security operations. Its wide ranging provisions mandated a role for women across all stages of the conflict to peace transition. The issues of UNSCR 1325 have long been on the International Community’s agenda. Much of UNSCR 1325 focuses on opening access for women’s influence and participation in peace processes. It is also important to empower women (and concerned men) to participate and directly contribute to the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Another issue that highlights the complexity of the implementation is the coordination and accountability to promote and ensure knowledge awareness and action on UNSCR 1325 issues of local institutions. In that respect the work with conducting National Action Plans has now started and should be supported as well as the implementation of existing National Action Plans.

The point of departure for women’s participation in peace processes and the development in the society is the right perspective. Women and girls have a right to participate in political processes and in other decision making mechanisms and the role of women as actors need to be strengthened, specifically in conflict- and post conflict countries. We invite participants who have the capacity to constructively influence a sustainable and peaceful development in their countries through their positions within governmental organizations, human rights commissions, civil society organizations, academic institutions, media and private sector. We trust that the Programme will be of importance to you and hereby invite you to nominate candidates.


Representatives from Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Occupied Palestinian Territories and Yemen are invited to apply to the Programme. Applications from other states will not be considered.


The principle aim of the training is to contribute to:– Increasing women’s influence and participation in the political process during conflict and post-conflict reconstruction;– Increasing the recognition of the special needs of girls and women in conflict and post-conflict contexts.– Further, the aim is to enable organizational change where participants will be given an opportunity to use the knowledge and tools provided by the programme to contribute to the implementation of UNSCR 1325. Specifically the programme aims to:– Develop an increased understanding about women’s situation and special needs in conflict and post-conflict reconstruction– Build capacity on how to use tools and methods for the implementation of UNSCR 1325– Develop an understanding on how institutions and organisations can operationalise UNSCR 1325– Increase knowledge on how to use and encourage women’s influence and participation in the political process during conflict and post-conflict reconstruction– Build national and international networks on UNSCR 1325

Target Group

The programme admits 25 participants. It is primarily designed for senior and midlevel officials in organizations working with human rights and in the security sector. Participants should represent one of the following:1. Government, e.g. relevant ministries such as judiciary, national defense, police authority, human rights commissions, gender ministries.2. NGOs, e.g. human rights or women’s rights organisations3. Academic institutions4. Media and the private sectorThe selection process is carried out by the programme management in Sweden.
The programme strives at reaching a balance between gender, and civil society versus government.


The training programme is focused on post-conflict and transitional countries. The joint venture between Indevelop and the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation together with academics and practitioners from the field of women, peace and security will ensure that the programme will be both useful and inspiring, combining different international and national perspectives. The content of the programme is focused on sharing experiences between participants as well as with trainers.





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