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Open Seminar: “Gender Mainstreaming in Peacebuilding: An Update from NGO”


The Global Collaboration Center held an open seminar titled “Gender Mainstreaming in Peacebuilding: An Update from NGO” on January 13, 2015. The seminar featured a report from a representative of a civil society organization (CSO) involved in drafting Japan’s National Action Plan (NAP) for the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security.

(Left to right: Hisako Motoyama, Miho Fukui,
and Ryoko Yonamine.)

First, Miho Fukui, a project lecturer at Ochanomizu University, gave a presentation on resolution 1325. Following this, Hisako Motoyama, coordinator of the Civil Society Working Group on UNSCR1325 NAP Japan, described the NAP now being formulated by the Japanese government. She cited the following as special features of the NAP: the size of the role to be played by CSOs, the key position given to natural disasters, and the large number of indicators. The drafting of Japan’s NAP is scheduled to be completed within January 2015.

(Participants listen attentively to the presentations.)

Ryoko Yonamine, a consultant on gender, gave a report on the NAP Academy held in Washington DC, in December 2014 and sponsored by the Institute for Inclusive Security and Georgetown University. About 50 government and civil society representatives from 10 countries around the globe participated in the Academy where they discussed the implementation and evaluation of NAPs on resolution 1325, sharing case studies from the Netherlands, Canada, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Miho Fukui then presented a report on the December 2014 regional training on the use of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) General Recommendation 30 (GR30) on Women in Conflict Prevention, Conflict and Post-conflict Situations. The training was held in Jakarta and coordinated by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, an international NGO. Representatives of 20 CSOs from eight Asian nations participated in the training. After learning about methods for using the reporting process for human rights treaties in resolution 1325 NAP monitoring and after listening to case reports on the Philippines, Nepal, and India, the participants drafted shadow reports for their respective nations and presented them to the group.

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