The internal armed conflict has affected the lives of millions of Colombians in various ways. Among the internally displaced persons a majority are women, and many women and girls have also been sexually abused by different armed groups. A project funded by the FBA’s 1325 grants aims to increase women’s participation and include a gender perspective in the ongoing peace process in Colombia.
It is harder for girls than for boys to enjoy their basic rights in East Timor. Girls are often expected to do domestic work instead of going to school, and many girls are forced to marry and have children while they are still children themselves. WoGiP is short for Women's and Girls' Participation in Local Governance and the project is supported by the FBA's 1325 grants. The project aims to increase girls' and women's participation in local decision-making and to reduce gender-based violence in East Timor.
An anonymous woman crying. A man dressed in uniform acting as an expert. Stereotypes in media reporting from conflicts zones are discussed intensively during the workshops that are being arranged within the project “Peace journalism with a gender perspective”. The project, implemented by Kvinna till Kvinna, was granted funding from the FBA in 2013.
One of the projects receiving 1325 grants from the FBA is conducted by the Danish Refugee Council, and focused on forming local protection committees that aims to empower women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here is the story of Claudine, a member of the Kitchanga Protection Committee.