Gender mainstreaming is a cross-cutting priority for GPPAC. We believe that sustainable peace can be achieved only with participation of all members of society regardless of any particular aspects of their identity such as gender, religion, race, class, age or nationality. Women are active actors in both war and peace and they can be both victims and perpetrators of violence as well as change agents and actors that ensure peaceful solutions to conflicts and contribute to human security in their local communities as well as on national, regional and international level.
The Gender Programme supports GPPAC regions and programmes in integrating gender-sensitive peacebuilding perspectives into their work and contributes a conflict prevention perspective to global advocacy efforts on women peace and security issues. GPPAC International Steering Group adopted the Gender policy in 2010 (updated in 2012) that sets principles for integration of gender perspective in network's work on conflict prevention. GPPAC Strategic plan for the period 2016-2020 sets priorities for GPPAC as a network including the work that in the Women, Peace and Security arena. In the period 2016-2020 Gender Programme will take strategic approach in applying gender to different themes, most importantly to UNSCR 1325 and related resolutions, and make it more applicable for the network. Two main areas of work in the women, peace and security arena will be:
- training and capacity building where GPPAC will work with member organisations and gender focal points on raising capacities of women involved in mediation/negotiation processes and training other actors (especially institutions) together with women on gender-sensitive conflict prevention practice and processes.
- Policy and advocacy where GPPAC will focus on bringing prevention perspective to Women Peace and Security and engaging in the broader discussion around the issue (including issues of patriarchy, allying with men and gender mainstreaming). The main aspects of this area of work will be a) Engendering Peace and Security; and (b) Bringing Peace and Security into gender/feminist group advocacy.
Strengthening peace and security approaches through long-term prevention of conflict
In April 2015 GPPAC published a Paper submission to the Global Study on Women, Peace and Security: Strengthening peace and security approaches through long-term prevention of conflict based on examples and statements provided by gender focal points.