The Arab Renaissance for Democracy and Development (ARDD), in collaboration with the UN Women Jordan Country Office organized a roundtable meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, in Jordan. The meeting aimed to advance the localization of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security in Jordan. It emphasized the significant role played by local civil society organizations led by women.
The roundtable meeting focused on “Enhancing Women’s Participation in the Localization of UNSCR 1325 in Jordan.” The objective was to empower women-led civil organizations and utilize local research to improve the implementation of JONAP on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS).
In an effort to provide a better understanding of the challenges faced by these organizations, ARDD conducted a study to enhance understanding of the civil society’s role in the local implementation of UNSCR 1325. The study focused on the opportunities and challenges encountered by civil society in enhancing human security in conflict, post-conflict, and crisis-affected contexts.
Samar Mohareb, the Executive Director of ARDD, highlighted the organization’s commitment to implementing the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda since 2012. Through projects, participatory research, and policy briefs, ARDD addressed issues such as women’s financial vulnerability and debt, the redistribution of care work, the localization of domestic violence research, and the localization of humanitarian action. These efforts were undertaken in response to the refugee crisis and the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mohareb emphasized the importance of continuing this dialogue to foster collaboration among all stakeholders. This collaboration is crucial to ensure the participation of women in maintaining security, stability, and peace. Mohareb also stressed the need to build the capacities of institutions involved in humanitarian and development work.
Nicolas Burniat, UN Women Representative in Jordan, noted that the active partnership between a wide range of stakeholders, including the military and security sector, the Government, Civil Society Organizations, development partners and the United Nations had been key to the successful implementation of the Jordan National Action Plan for Women Peace and Security and the implementation of the broader Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Jordan over the past few years and in particular since the emergence of COVID19. He highlighted that the recent adoption by the Government of Jordan of the second JONAP provided an opportunity to build upon these successes and underscored the importance of continuing to support greater engagement of women-led civil society organizations moving forward both for the implementation of the WPS agenda but also more broadly in all aspects of humanitarian and development work in Jordan.
Highlighting the importance of learning from lessons acquired while promoting the agenda of UNSCR 1325, Dr. Sana Jelassi, the Senior Advisor of the Gender and Youth Empowerment Program at ARDD, praised the response of the Jordan NGOs Forum (JONAF) to the local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and emphasized the active role of civil society within the framework of the national plan that promotes women’s participation in decision-making processes and the establishment of security and peace.
Presenting the findings of the ongoing Study, Eleonora Banfi, a Senior Researcher at ARDD, stressed the necessity of identifying intervention points and opportunities for women. These insights would aid in providing recommendations to decision-makers. Banfi highlighted the need for increased support and guidance for civil society organizations to fulfill their role and achieve the goals of the second phase of JONAP. She also emphasized the importance of promoting dialogue between all stakeholders, focusing on local contexts, and utilizing UNSCR 1325.
In her intervention, Colonel Dr. Dalal Sawalha, the Director of the Women’s Police Department, emphasized the inseparable link between security and development. She stressed the importance of addressing health, education, food insecurity, water scarcity, and climate change to prevent security challenges within societies.
The participants also discussed the significance of developing funding mechanisms, establishing clear monitoring and follow-up processes, and improving knowledge about localizing humanitarian action. They recommended integrating the most vulnerable groups in these interventions and adopting terminology used by civil society to effectively address the needs of Jordanian society. The participants recognized the crucial role played by civil alliances in reaching women in vulnerable governorates and regions, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, to enhance their capabilities and understand their needs and the required interventions.