Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development

ARDD attends the Launch of the Global Acceleration Instrument on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action


On Wednesday February 24th 2016, ARDD Director Ms Samar Mohareb participated as a key note speaker and panelist at the “Launch of the Global Acceleration Instrument on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action” in New York City.

The Global Acceleration Instrument (GAI) is a flexible and rapid financing mechanism that supports that supports quality interventions to enhance the capacity to prevent conflict, respond to crises and emergencies, seize key peace building opportunities, and encourage the sustainability and national ownership of investments.

Putting the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 into practice, the GAI will enhance women’s engagement in peace and security and/or humanitarian action by:

  • Breaking silos between humanitarian, peace, security and development finance by investing in enhancing women’s engagement, leadership and empowerment across all phases of the crisis, peace, security and development contiguum.
  • Addressing structural funding gaps for women’s participation by improving the timeliness, predictability and flexibility of international assistance.
  • Improving policy coherence and coordination by complementing existing financing instruments and promoting synergies across all actors: multilateral and bilateral entities, national governments’ women’s machineries; and local civil society organizations.

The GAI is anchored in a strong theory of change with the overall objective to achieve peaceful and gender equal societies by:

  • Creating enabling environment through evidence based advocacy and technical support
  • Enhancing women’s meaningful participation in decision-making processes and responses related to conflict prevention through increasing their representation and leadership
  • Ensuring a gender sensitive and inclusive humanitarian response
  • Protecting women’s and girl’s rights
  • Promotion of socio-economic recovery

The Jordanian Context:

Hosting around 628,887 Syrian refugees, Jordan faces a multitude of challenges, among them high degrees of sexual and gender based violence in the refugee community and limited employment opportunities for women, making them especially vulnerable. To make humanitarian action more effective for all, gender perspectives and the differentiated impact of the crisis on women and girls should thus be central to all assistance efforts in Jordan, as set out in the governments Jordan Response Plan for the Syrian Crisis 2016-18. As the Government of Jordan committed to creating opportunities for Syrians to legally engage in the Jordanian economy, at the London conference 2016, new prospects for small businesses have opened also for women and need to be supported.