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Peace X Peace @ 10: Programs – Part 2

8 May 2013 No Comment

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We care about identifying root causes and systemic, sustainable solutions. We create change.

In our 10th anniversary year, with just four staff members and a no-frills budget, the women of Peace X Peace (Peace by Peace) managed seven major initiatives and expanded our reach by 150%. Here’s part 2 of a two-part summary, program X program. Read part 1 here.

Peace X Peace took part in the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) annual meeting, held each year in March at the United Nations.

Advocacy and Action

Peace X Peace is a leader in advocating for effective, sustained policies and laws that support women and peace. Based in Washington DC, we educate Congressional leaders and advise government agencies on a range of legislative issues and we collaborate with UN agencies and initiatives.

In 2012 we educated and advocated around the Violence against Women Act  (VAWA, finally signed in March 2013) and the International Violence against Women Act  (IVAWA), the Afghan Women and Girls Security Promotion Act, the US Strategy to Prevent Gender Based Violence, and the US National Action Plan for Women, Peace and Security, as well as the Women, Peace and Security Act.

We worked with sister organizations and government agencies to develop and begin implementation of the US National Action Plan (NAP) for Women, Peace and Security, as called for in UN Security Council Resolution 1325. We engaged with UN Commissions and agencies, including the Commission on the Status of Women, dedicated to gender equality and advancement of women since 1946, and UN Women, the entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment. And we supported initiatives to reduce Islamophobia and anti-Semitism and facilitated cross-cultural dialogue to deepen understanding.

Palestinian and Israeli Women & Middle East Peace

On March 8, International Women’s Day, His Excellency Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the UN General Assembly in its 66th session, gave a copy of the Peace X Peace book Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women to each of the 193 Ambassadors of the United Nations member nations. He included a personal letter stating that the book “brings together the hopes and aspirations of the Palestinian and Israeli women for peace, harmony and understanding.” Every U.S. Congressperson’s office had already received a copy, through the sponsorships of Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Representative John Garamendi (D-CA).

Through the year we continued to promote the Catalyst videos and the book is on sale through our website. We also highlighted the many perspectives of Israeli and Palestinian women in our weekly blogs.

Theresa Fonjia Morfaw, Ntankah Village Women Common Initiative Group, Ntankah, Cameroon

Listen to the Women: Weekly Blogs

Every week in 2012 new voices graced our front page, and each week our Blog Digest carried a diverse selection of first-person voices from peacebuilders around the world.

  • A young American gave thanks for the life lessons she learned from her single mother.
  • In June and at intervals throughout the year, we celebrated fathers and other men who build peace, like 91-year-old peace teacher Ambassador John W. McDonald and Joe Vess, Director of Training for Men Can Stop Rape, who tells young men: “This is your issue, and you can do something about it.”

In 2012, we saw an average of 1200 new visitors and 600 new subscribers to our network every month.

Peace Partnerships and Peace Salons

Peace power is power-with, not power-over. Our partnerships give us power to connect beyond our own network, continually expand that network, and effect change locally and globally.

In 2012 Peace X Peace was an active member of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, the Peace and Collaborative Development Network, the Conflict Prevention and Resolution Forum, and the Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security. We collaborated with Rotary, and our CEO Kimberly Weichel spent the summer months in Asia as a Rotary Peace Fellow, working in Thailand, Cambodia, and Burma. We also collaborated with the Shift Network and the Peace Alliance on events and opportunities of mutual importance. We engaged in collaborative efforts with the Institute for Inclusive Security, the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, the National Women’s Democratic Club, the United Nations Association/UN Foundation, the United States Institute of Peace, Women in International Security, Women for Women International, Women Thrive Worldwide, and the Saudi Cultural Center. We showcased the work of dozens of organizations around the world through our Connection Point, Voices from the Frontlines, and Peace Times blogs and features. And here in DC, we invited old and new friends to share the celebration of our 10th anniversary at several Peace Salons held at the National Women’s Democratic Club, the Zamani Gallery in Washington, DC, and the home of Board President Gail Montplaisir.

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Read Peace X Peace @ 10: Programs – Part 1

Read Peace X Peace @ 10: The Road Ahead

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