Building Resilient Communities for Sustainable Development and Peace project is funded by Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) and aims for peace building process, awareness rising for human rights, women rights, conflict resolutions, conflict mapping and conflict analysis which has been implemented by Afghan Women’s Skills Development Center (AWSDC).
An overall goal of this project is to strengthen the capacity of communities to promote inclusive, sustainable development and peace.
This project has covered seven district (Andkhoy, Qaramqol, Qurghan, Khan char bagh, Pashtun kot, Belcheragh and Khawja sabzposh) which contain 106 communities and there are 450 direct beneficiaries (250 women and 200 men) and about 15000 indirect beneficiaries.
A beneficiary selection criteria for selecting shura members has applied in the project. The team has considered literate and semiliterate women for the program.
Besides, trainings are planned to be conducted for the government officials. A total number of 20 people from Directorate of Women Affairs (DoWA), provincial government on the district level on the women roles and mechanism to include women in the peace process. The government officials will be reached by the project team through consultation with the Provincial Peace Council (PPC) and DoWA.
The covered areas are prioritized as those are comprised of different social tribal groups with diverse set of social and political grievances and current project ensure resolution of local conflicts and promote peaceful coexistence among community members.
This project has been implementing in two phases, first phase was from 2013 to 2015 and second phase has been started from 2016 to 2018.
Results which are obtained:
Purpose of NCA:
By enhancing the capacity of civil society actors,improve local society actors networking and advocacy skills ,fostering dialogue between civil society
Build awareness of UnSCR 1325 and it’s relation to Islam and the Afghan context by,and improve relationship between local actors ….
Enhancing civil society organization (CSOs)-Government dialogue,
Producing knowledgemanagement products and identifying synergies to promote regular dialogue and reinforce /create platforms and networks at the local ,national and regional levels,influence policy making and coordinate ,monitor activities between different actions to increase national and local ownership and wider participation in support of 1325.
At local level enhancing the responsibility to protect women and girls ,identifying mechanisms to ensure accountability and metrics for monitoring processesss connected to UNSCR 1325 and the CEDAW.
1- Training of female decision –makers, building the capacity of women’s NGO, public outreach campaigns on 1325, public outreach campaigns on 1325, working with female’s experts on Islam /Sharia Law, sensitization of man. promote knowledge management, coordination on best practices, and exchange of lessons learned on the development and implementation of NAP1325,UNSCR 1325 and 1820 in Afghanistan; empower women activists and women’s organization ,as well as civil society staff ,to participate in peace and security staff processes ,also by engaging with men and mobilizing their active support wherever possible ,promote knowledge management ,coordination on best practices and exchange of lessons learned on the development and implementation of NAP 1325 ,UNSCR1325and 1820 in Afghanistan
Empower women activists and women’s organizations as well as of civil society staff, to participate in peace and security processes, also by engaging with men and mobilizing their active support wherever possible ;To develop interventions for increased participation of women activists and women organizations in peace and security processes using conflict mapping and conflict sensitive dialogue tools applicable to the Islamic context; partner or engage men ,and male institutions ,in the Islamic context to work on community peace building at the grass roots and local level alongside women. Encourage team work of peace builders among women, men and youth .and to support the implementation of the EU comprehensive Approach on UNSCR 1325 and 1820
2- Training, Informal, cultural exchange at the local, national and regional level (to draw on lessons learnt from the region), actions developing local multi –pronged strategies linking peace building development, security and justice adapted to community thinking. Develop of conflict mapping, conflict sensitive and gender sensitive approaches for peace building, approaches appropriate to the Islamic context particular aimed at how to find soft entry points particularly to engage men in the process. Develop activities and training emphasizing conflict transformation at the local level to build capacity within individuals to experience transformation; Use innovative technological, visual and auditory activities to build a culture of peace with in communities; To train teams of peace-builders to work closely with traditional dispute mechanisms and local police to foster a peace culture (tolerance and forgiveness) and promote alliances with existing structures at the local level.
Support arts based activities using visual and oratory techniques (theatre/story-telling/poems) as effective elements for building a culture of peace; foster the links between sustainable peace building and development moving through small-scale development projects funded via small grants .for example initiatives such as creating “peace gardens “where produce can be grown providing small subsistence for families whilst cultivating “peace spaces”. These can be projects to facilitate the reintegration of former combatants; Develop conflict transformation techniques and experiential training to build capacity which may be most appropriate to the context;