To mark the International Day of Peace, the EuroMed Feminist Initiative (EFI) and its partners are launching the project ‘Strengthening Feminist Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) working in the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine’, funded by the Agence Française de Développement.

The project is jointly led by EFI and its partners in four countries: the Women Empowerment Organisation (WEO) in Iraq, the Arab Women’s Organization (AWO) in Jordan, the Association Najdeh in Lebanon and the Palestinian Working Woman Society for Development (PWWSD) in Palestine. Theproject aims to contribute to the effective implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPSA) in these countries.

These CSOs have substantial expertise in combating Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) and advancing the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda both within their respective countries and on a regional and international scale. They have demonstrated their expertise through activities such as raising awareness, delivering community–level services, supporting grassroots organizations, and engaging in advocacy at local, national, regional, and international levels. Empowering women to actively participate in peace–making and peacebuilding is the central focus of this project, especially in a region deeply affected by conflicts and occupation that have significant repercussions and oppression impacts on women’s lives.

The project will support, strengthen capacities, and build synergies between nine national–level CSOs and twelve Community–Based Organizations (CBOs) working at the grassroots’ level. All will contribute to the effective implementation of the WPSA and its four pillars: prevention, participation, protection and rehabilitation.