Project Stories

Below you find stories about some of the projects funded by the FBA's 1325 grants.

Creating an inclusive peace process in Colombia

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.

Empowerment of tomorrow's women leaders in East Timor

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.

Journalism challenging war

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.

Local protection committees in the Congo

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.


The OSCE draws attention to violence against women in Ukraine

Violence towards women is widespread in Ukraine. Every year, gender-based violence is estimated to cause three times as many deaths as the armed conflict going on in the eastern part of the country since 2014. It is crucial for the OSCE to have a gender perspective in its operations.

2018-03-07 10:55

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Una perspectiva de género en la construcción de la paz

This training manual has been developed to provide an introduction in Spanish to the policy framework on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) and its follow-up resolutions on women, peace and security.

Gabriela Elroy



  • Posted by Robert Hall

    Russian presidential elections: observing democratic process in the world’s largest country

    Few people think about the vast expanse of the Russian Federation. Canada, the world’s second largest country, is not even half the size of the Russian Federation. Just imagine the logistics of running a country with an 11 hour difference between provinces like Kaliningrad and Kamchatka. Imagine monitoring the quality of the democratic process across such an enormous area with just 500 observers. Imagine that the country, like Sweden, is located in the cold wintry North ... Read entire post »

    2018-03-13 11:11
  • Posted by Carl Fredrik Birkoff

    The role of women in violent extremism in Kenya

    As I wrote in a previous article at the FBA blog, the impact and cost of insecurity resulting from violent extremism is enormous and is a risk to Kenya’s development agenda. The radicalisation and violent extremist phenomena are disproportionately impacting youth and women from marginalised areas. There is growing global recognition that women play multiple roles both within violent extremist organisations and in preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE). In a recent study of 15 countries, ... Read entire post »

    2018-02-28 10:30
  • Posted by Lotta Ekvall

    OSCE – the unknown security organization

    What is the OSCE? That is one of the most frequent questions I am asked when I tell people that I am on secondment from the FBA to the OSCE Secretariat in Vienna, Austria, where I work as Gender Adviser.

    OSCE, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, was established in 1973. Today the OSCE has 57 member states, in Europe but also in North America and North and Central Asia. The organization addresses a wide ... Read entire post »

    2018-02-21 10:06

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