PeaceWomen will be hosting a workshop on financing the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda in preparation for the 2016 AWID Forum in Brazil, and the High Level Political Forum from July 11-22 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Please see the attached Save the Date for a list of speakers and additional information about the event. More information about the project may be found below.
According to the 2015 Global Study on UNSCR 1325 and Women, Peace and Security (WPS), “Research shows a consistent, striking disparity between policy commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment, and the financial allocations to achieve them” (p. 372). In 2015, there was a global military spend of $1.6 trillion, over $4 trillion allocated to bail out banks, and over $6 trillion sequestered in corporate tax havens. Meanwhile, only 2 percent of aid to peace and security for fragile states in 2012-2013 targeted gender equality, and only about half of countries integrate human rights or gender budgeting into national budgets.
In order to strengthen an Integrated Approach that moves the money from a political economy of war to a political economy of peace and gender justice, this workshop will create a space to exchange learning around enhancing WPS financing and accountability. It will map financial flows for gender equality and peace, and will provide space to exchange good practice and lessons learned, and to build strategies for change.