Ensuring Greater Support for Women’s Initiatives for Building Peace: APWAPS in GAI

Since August 2016, APWAPS has been serving one of the four CSOs in the board of Global Acceleration Instrument (GAI) for Women Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action. The establishment of GAI was a follow up to the recommendation of the Global Study 1325. The aims is to address the financing gaps and create greater synergies between different sources of funding to meet the needs of women in building lasting peace. More about this important initiative can be read in http://mptf.undp.org/factsheet/fund/GAI00

For this post, APWAPS is represented by our affiliate, Jasmin Nario Galace. An Associate Director of the Center for Peace Education based in Miriam College, Jasmin is also actively involved various initiatives for peace, including the Women Engaged in Action on 1325 and the Sulong CARHRIHL, IANSA Women’s Network and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders.

The GAI Funding Board is composed of representatives of four donor governments (Australia, Ireland, Spain, and the UK), UN entities (UN Women, Peacebuilding Support Office, UNDP and UNFPA), and four CSOs (GNWP, Cordaid and the West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP) and APWAPS). This is the first term of office of the Funding Board. The discussions on the Board have been that its members will have a two-year term, and that the civil society representation will be rotational. The GAI Funding Board has the mandate over global decisions such as identifying priority countries, country allocations and general operational policies. National Steering Committees -also composed of governments, civil society and UN representatives – will review and decide over proposals submitted to the GAI.

APWAPS expects to provide substantive inputs in the decision making process of GAI based on the reality of experiences of women living in conflict and post conflict situation. Hence, APWAPS can contribute to the creation of adequate supports that meets the needs of women in building grounded and lasting peace.

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