Norwegian Church Aid Regional Advocacy Strategy, UNSCR 1325, 2016 to 2020

This document provides guidance and defines the outcomes and outputs of a Regional Advocacy Strategy on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325. The strategy was initiated jointly by two programmes of Norwegian Church Aid, the Regional Peace Programme and the Thematic Programme on the Reduction of Gender-Based Violence in Conflict and Post-conflict Settings. The development of the strategy was done jointly with some of the implementing partners, All Africa Conference of Churches, African Council of Religious Leaders-Religion for Peace, Fellowship of Christian Councils and Churches in the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa, ARIGATOU International, Norwegian Church Aid’s country offices covered by the two programmes and NCA Head Office. Finalized in August 2016, this strategy covers the period 2016-2020.

AACC, FECCLAHA and NCA are members of the Side by Side movement. Side by Side is a global faith movement on Gender Justice that has global reach and seeks to strengthen the quest for gender justice through action by regional and national coalitions.

Side by Side East Africa coalition gathers like-minded faith-based organisations (FBOs) to advocate for justice and equality for all people, irrespective of gender. The coalition has endorsed this Regional Advocacy Strategy.

The strategy highlights the gaps in the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Africa, and the need for advocacy for policy changes and implementation to ensure women’s protection from gender-based violence and their increased participation in peace process in particular but also in general leadership and decision making structures. Norwegian Church Aid and partners and the Side by Side therefore through this strategy aim to synergise their advocacy initiatives towards these goals.

The strategy includes an implementation framework which is articulated around three outcomes: the first two outcomes focus on prevention and protection from gender-based violence, while the third outcome focuses on enhancing women’s participation. The whole strategy targets both public authorities and religious leaders as the main duty bearers /decision makers, and therefore the main targets of the advocacy activities.

Through the strategy, Norwegian Church Aid and partners and Side by Side recognise the importance of joint efforts by different actors working at different levels for their advocacy efforts to bear fruits and hence the proposed joint efforts towards the identified common goal. The mandates and outreach of all the partners involved gives the strategy the reach and depth necessary for the anticipated changes.
Norwegian Church Aid will continue to play the coordination role while the partners are the main actors when it comes to the implementation of the strategy. All parties concerned will contribute both financial and other resources towards the attainment of the strategy’s aims and objectives.

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