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Centering Care in Women, Peace and Security

02.05.2022, Policy brief on Switzerland's National Action Plan 1325

Together with our partners in Swiss civil society, we comment on Switzerland's implementation of its Fourth National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. more...

"Now it's war" - in 40 countries

07.04.2022, Speech by Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold

"The world is burning under our feet and we are moved, horrified, but remain calm, correct and always decent," said our President in her speech to the members of PeaceWomen Across the Globe. She also said, "This is not how we create peace. What if we got really loud, boisterous and demanding, took the guns out of the hands of men and gave children new role models..." In her speech - which is also a call to action - she asks, "Why are we women unable to start - and then not stop until there is peace?" more...

“A sense of injustice in what happens when people suffer and their destinies are ruined”

24.02.2022, Interview on Ukraine

An interview we conducted with our project coordinator in Kharkiv a few days before the invasion of Russian troops gives an insight into the realities of life for the women who have been experiencing war and insecurity in eastern Ukraine on a daily basis since 2014. more...

How can peace processes become more gender sensitive?

10.02.2022, New publication

What role can civil society organisations play in strengthening women's participation in peace processes? How can women's demands be put on the political agenda? These and other questions are addressed in our new publication "From transition to transformation. Strengthening women's effective participation in peacebuilding and transitional justice processes: insights from Colombia, Nepal, and the Philippines". It offers practical recommendations for effective women's participation in peacebuilding and shows how fundamental networks are for activists and conflict-affected women – even beyond their own country's borders. more...

No care, no peace!

20.09.2021, Brochure on Switzerland's implementation of the "Women, Peace and Security" agenda

How do socio-economic barriers and care work impede women's participation in political and peace processes? We explore this question with our civil society partners in the new brochure "No care, no peace!". It is based on the "Civil Society Contribution to the Implementation of the Swiss NAP 1325", which critically assesses the implementation of the Swiss National Action Plan (NAP) of the "Women, Peace and Security" agenda. more...

Implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Switzerland criticised

06.07.2021, Civil Society Alternative Report

The government’s report on the implementation of the Istanbul Convention (IC) in Switzerland shows the state's view of the issue of violence against women and domestic violence. For the over 90 members of the Network Istanbul Convention, including PeaceWomen Across the Globe, practical experience has shown that the current and planned measures are still far from sufficient to protect all people from violence and to fulfil the IC. The network demands more money and measures to prevent all forms of violence and to protect all those affected by violence. more...

Swiss civil society criticises the implementation of the UN women's rights treaty

14.06.2021, CEDAW shadow report

With the adoption of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1997, Switzerland undertook to remove discrimination against women in all areas of life and to promote legal and actual gender equality. This explicitly includes the active promotion of disadvantaged groups until equality is achieved. Our demands show that there is still much need for action. more...

“Men make war, so they think they are the ones to make peace”

18.05.2021, Interview with Sima Samar, Afghan human rights defender

The peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government have been ongoing since September 2020, with only four women on the 21-member government negotiation team and none among the Taliban negotiators. We ask Sima Samar, founder of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and of Gawharshad University in Kabul, what the chances are for lasting peace. more...

End immediately the Evictions in Sheikh Jarrah! End the Military Blockade of Gaza! Free Palestinian People!

14.05.2021, Statement by the Regional Coordinators and the International Board

We condemn the recent escalation of violence on both sides in Israel and Palestine, including the violent clashes between Palestinian civilians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem. We are extremely worried about the air strikes in Gaza by the Israeli Government, that escalate the already dire humanitarian situation, and dramatically increase the risk of another war. more...

Preventing online gender-based violence in Palestine

12.04.2021, Article in à propos

During the current health crisis, in addition to an increase in domestic violence, an increase in gender-based violence in digital spaces has been observed. So, too, in Palestine. Together with the NGO TAM - Women & Media Development, we are now taking action against this phenomenon. Because the internet is one of the spaces in which the safe participation of women must be guaranteed. more...

News from the Corona Emergency Fund

01.04.2021, Support for affected women

The pandemic continues, as does our support for particularly affected women and families in our partner countries. You will now find two videos about our projects in India on our website, together with articles, statements and an interview. You can find everything under Publications. more...

Feminist peace policies

08.03.2021, International Women’s Day

On 8th March women’s organisations around the world celebrate International Women’s Day and make their demands for peace and gender equality public. On this occasion, PeaceWomen Across the Globe (PWAG) – together with its worldwide network of peace activists – launched a workshop series on feminist peace politics, disarmament and demilitarisation. PWAG organises this workshop series with the support of Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom (WILPF). more...

Where are gender equality and peacebuilding?

22.02.2021, Consultation Sustainable Development Strategie

We commented in the consultation on the Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS), which was designated by the Federal Council as the main implementation instrument of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While we support such an instrument, we regret the subordinate role that gender justice and peacebuilding play in the SDS. (Position paper in German only.) more...

"This support has strengthened solidarity in conflict-affected communities"

17.12.2020, Projects from the Corona Emergency Fund

In solidarity with our partner organisations and project participants like Seema, we launched a Corona Emergency Fund in the spring. It ensured that they could focus on protecting their health and the survival of those closest to them during the pandemic, so that they could then concentrate on helping to build peace in their countries. more...

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

25.11.2020, Facebook campaign

Under the title #SGBVActivistsAcrosstheGlobe we present young activists from around the world who are commited to ending violence against women. more...

Gardens of Hope: Women, Ecology & the Future of Humanity

02.11.2020, Webinar

Indian PeaceWoman, environmental activist and feminist Vandana Shiva led a discussion on the destruction of our ecologies in a webinar co-hosted by PeaceWomen Across the Globe, the International Women's Network against Militarism and One Billion Rising South Asia. Together with activists from South Asia, participants explored alternatives to existing paradigms and imagined a feminist future. more...

20 years "Women, Peace and Security": who is safe?

26.10.2020, Press release

The UN Security Council passed Resolution 1325 on 31 October 2000. It is considered a milestone for women's rights. For the first time, women's concerns were made part of the international security agenda. The resolution takes a women's perspective on armed conflicts and demands the increased participation of women in peace processes. more...

"Konzern-Report"-Film

13.10.2020, Zur Konzernverantwortungsinitiative

In diesem Dokumentarfilm erfahren Sie, weshalb Konzerne für ihre Verfehlungen im Ausland geradestehen müssen. more...

NO to the fighter jet billions

16.09.2020, Upcoming federal popular votes

Fighter jets do not bring human security and real equality! more...

Not much to celebrate

01.09.2020, Interview

20 years on from the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women, Peace and Security” and 25 years since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on women’s rights and gender equality – back then, the adoption of these instruments was celebrated. Where do we stand today? Interview with our director Flurina Derungs in à propos. more...

Podcasts: “PeaceWomen Across the Globe”

29.06.2020, New podcast series featuring PeaceWomen

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the "1000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize" initiative, PeaceWomen from eight countries talk about their life and work. more...

Appeal launched for an up-to-date law relating to sexual offences

14.06.2020, One year after the historic women's strike of 14 June 2019, dozens of organisations and personalities from the fields of justice, politics and culture are launching a national appeal for an "up-to-date criminal law relating to sexual offences", among them

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Wann, wenn nicht jetzt? Frauen* zählen!

31.05.2020, Appell an den Bundesrat und das Parlament

Die Corona-Krise stellt uns alle vor ungeahnte Herausforderungen: Gesellschaftlich, wirtschaftlich, sozial. Wie können wir die akuten Folgen der Krise bewältigen? Welche Lehren ziehen wir? Die unterzeichnenden Organisationen dieses Briefes, darunter auch FriedensFrauen Weltweit, vertreten Millionen Frauen* in der ganzen Schweiz. Wir wenden uns mit einem dringenden Appell an den Bundesrat und das Parlament: Frauen* reden mit ihren Forderungen bei der Bewältigung dieser Krise mit. more...

Corona pandemic: It's time to act

22.04.2020, PWAG on the corona crisis and its repercussions

The Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy described the corona pandemic as "a portal between one world and the next". Humans can now choose: either we walk through this portal, together with our prejudices, our hatred, our greed and our "dead ideas", polluted rivers and smoky skies, or we can leave our "baggage" behind and imagine another world for which we would then be prepared to fight. PeaceWomen Across the Globe wishes too that the pandemic can lead to a change in thinking, paving the way to the more peaceful and just world that we have been working towards for 15 years. However, without increased global solidarity and cooperation with and between civil society actors, no new world can emerge beyond the portal. more...

Gender component in the Covid-19 crisis – emergency responses and long-term consequences

15.04.2020, Statement of the Working Group on Women and Gender Realities in the OSCE Region

The Working Group on Women and Gender Realities of the Civic Solidarity Platform published a statement on challenges linked to the Covid-19 Crisis, including both short and long-term recommendations. PWAG is a signatory. more...

Call for ceasefire

09.04.2020, International Board on the coronavirus pandemic

Our International Board calls for an immediate ceasefire and end to all armed conflicts. more...

A politician with intuition, courage and energy

02.04.2020, Interview with Board Member Margret Kiener Nellen

She looks back on 16 years in the Swiss National Council as a representative of the Social Democratic Party, 17 years on the council of a municipality in Canton Berne and countless years of commitment to peace, women and human rights. What inspires the politician, lawyer and expert in international law, human rights and humanitarian issues? Why does she so actively work for peace in Eastern Ukraine? We interview our board member Margret Kiener Nellen on the occasion of her retirement from Switzerland's National Council and let her tell us why this does not mean the end of her activism. more...

New podcast series "PeaceWomen Across the Globe"

08.03.2020, Eight PeaceWomen, eight podcasts

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, we are launching our new podcast series “PeaceWomen Across the Globe”! Season 1, available from today, features women from Afghanistan, Colombia, the Philippines and Switzerland. more...

PeaceWomen Across the Globe says YES to protection against hatred

29.01.2020, Popular vote: Ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are still affected by discrimination and acts of violence all over the world, including in Switzerland. One of the effects of this is the five times higher suicide rate among homosexual youths compared to heterosexual youths. The current law does not protect homosexual and bisexual people as a group, but only in the case of personal attacks. That is why we need to extend the penal code article against racism. more...

Three countries, four women and a cross-border solidarity

11.12.2019, Meeting in Bern

PeaceWomen Across the Globe brought together peace activists from Colombia, Nepal and the Philippines to share their experiences of armed conflict and of the subsequent peace efforts in their countries, and to benefit from each other's expertise. As different as the political contexts are, they found many similarities. The cross-border solidarity they felt at the meeting reaffirmed them in their commitment to their often arduous peace work. more...

Events: the role of women in peace processes

11.11.2019, Events

We cordially invite you to two events on the topic of women and peace. Experts from our partner organisations will talk about the role of women in building sustainable peace. Find out more under "Events" more...

Civil Society's response to linking "Women, Peace & Security" with "Preventing Violent Extremism"

18.09.2019, Report on the National Action Plan for Resolution 1325

In this publication Switzerland’s civil society seeks to better understand the potential ramifications of integrating the “Women, Peace and Security” with the “Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism” agenda. This contribution to the implementation of Switzerland’s National Action Plan for UN Security Council Resolution 1325 is jointly led by PeaceWomen Across the Globe, the Swiss Platform for Peacebuilding KOFF at swisspeace, and cfd: The Feminist Peace Organization. more...

Afghanistan: without women, peace will not last

12.09.2019, "Women, Peace & Security", conference in Bern

Interview with Dr Sima Samar, Special Envoy on Human Rights and State Minister on Human Rights and International Affairs in the Afghan government and Coordinator for PeaceWomen Across the Globe in Afghanistan. She will be speaking at a conference on “Women, Peace and Security” in Bern on 18 September 2019. more...

Nine demands for the Federal Council

21.08.2019, Response of feminist peace organisations

Public consultation on International Cooperation 2021-2024 more...

On the death of Meike Sahling

31.07.2019, In remembrance, 18.9.1965 - 31.7.2019

On the death of Meike Sahling, former Director of PeaceWomen Across the Globe. more...

Interview with Peace Woman Ruth Weiss

26.07.2019, on her 95th birthday

Ruth Weiss, one of the 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005, has dedicated her life to peace and tolerance – whether as a journalist and activist in apartheid South Africa or as a speaker and author fighting anti-Semitism «or any anti-any-religion sentiment». On the occasion of her 95th birthday we interviewed her about what lessons for peacebuilding she draws from her full life. more...

Fachperson Mittelbeschaffung (60%)

16.07.2019, Für die internationale Geschäftsstelle von FriedensFrauen Weltweit in Bern suchen wir per sofort oder nach Vereinbarung eine Fachperson Mittelbeschaffung (60%). Bewerbungsfrist: 10. August 2019

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Implementation of SDG 5, Agenda 2030 on sustainable development

01.07.2019, Open letter to the Federal Council

Thirty-seven networks and organisations sent an open letter to the Swiss Federal Council in protest against the lack of gender equality in the implementation of the Agenda 2030. The letter contains concrete demands and echo those voiced during the national women's strike on 14. June 2019. more...

Changing the world through feminist peace work

11.06.2019, International Board meeting

What exactly is "feminist peace work"? In which regions of the world does the word "feminism" have to be used strategically to avoid triggering hostility and prejudice? What does the future hold for the Peace Tables and what are some of the projects PWAG is planning? In May, the International Board discussed these issues in depth and laid down guidelines for the future. more...

Sexualisierte Gewalt an Frauen* ist in der Schweiz weit verbreitet

21.05.2019, Erste repräsentative Umfrage

Mindestens jede zweite Frau* in der Schweiz erlebt sexualisierte Gewalt laut einer Studie von Amnesty International Schweiz. Das Netzwerk Istanbul Konvention fordert verstärkte Massnahmen für Prävention, Schutz und Unterstützung. more...

Our 2018 annual report is online!

24.04.2019, Annual Report 2018

You can find out more about the highlights of our peace work in our annual report. more...

Internationaler Frauentag – wir haben die Macht

08.03.2019, Frauentag

Am 8. März ist Internationaler Frauentag. Auf der ganzen Welt erheben Frauen ihre Stimme und setzen sich gegen Gewalt, Diskriminierung und Ungerechtigkeit ein. Wenn wir alle zusammenspannen, haben wir die Macht, eine Welt zu schaffen, in der Frauen, Kinder und Männer ihre Rechte selbstverständlich wahrnehmen und in Frieden und Sicherheit leben können. Eine Welt, in der die Zivilgesellschaft laut werden darf – und gehört wird. more...

#MeToo, Frauenrechte und wie sich die Schweiz zur Gleichstellung stellt

30.01.2019, Medienmittteilung zum CEDAW-Zwischenbericht 2018

Die Schweiz beantwortete auf Jahresende hin die aus Sicht der UNO dringendsten Fragen in Bezug auf die Situation der Frauen* in der Schweiz. Gerne machen wir Sie auf die Stellungnahme der NGO-Koordination post Beijing, in welcher FriedensFrauen Weltweit Mitglied ist, aufmerksam. more...

5 Versprechen gegen Gewalt an Frauen

25.11.2018, Kampagnenstart am 25. November 2018

FriedensFrauen Weltweit setzt gemeinsam mit über 60 Schweizer Organisationen ein Statement am Internationalen Tag gegen Gewalt gegen Frauen. FriedensFrauen Weltweit ist Teil der Internationalen Kampagne zur Gewaltprävention, welche in 187 Ländern umgesetzt wird und zu geschlechterspezifischer Gewalt sensibilisiert. more...

Launch of the 4th National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

21.11.2018, Media Release

On 22 November, the FDFA launches the fourth National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. Together with other civil society organisations, PeaceWomen Across the Globe is taking a critical look at the implementation of the NAP 1325. more...

Appell an die Frauen der Schweiz

19.11.2018, NEIN am 25. November zu stimmen

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FriedensFrauen Weltweit sagt Nein zum Angriff auf die Menschenrechte!

01.11.2018, Jede Stimme zählt!

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Commitment honoured against sexualised violence in conflict

08.10.2018, Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege have received the Nobel Peace Prize for their work against sexualised violence as a weapon of war.

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Gemeinsam gegen Schweizer Waffenexporte

10.09.2018, Jetzt braucht es eine Initiative: Keine Waffenexporte in Bürgerkriegsländer!

Schon heute beliefert die Schweiz Länder mit Waffen, die verantwortlich sind für zahlreiche zivile Todesopfer, zum Beispiel Saudi-Arabien, mitschuldig an über 6000 toten Kindern im Bürgerkrieg im Jemen. Der Schweizer Waffenlobby reicht das nicht: Sie will neu auch Bürgerkriegsländer direkt mit Kriegsmaterial beliefern. Und der Bundesrat stimmt zu. Das ist inakzeptabel. more...

Report of the Platform Agenda 2030

03.07.2018, The Federal Council’s report of the 2030 Agenda is unsatisfactory

In mid-July 2018, Switzerland will report to the UN in New York on how it aims to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda represents the basis for national and international efforts to tackle global challenges. But the Swiss Federal Council has presented a very patchy report, largely ignoring civil society input. more...

120,000 signatures against the arms business in Switzerland

19.06.2018, For more peace in the world

On June 21, 2018, the military armaments business initiative will be submitted to the Swiss Federal Chancellery. The Alliance for the Prohibition of War Transactions has managed to collect over 120,000 signatures. The Alliance consists of 40 civil society organisations including PeaceWomen Across the Globe. more...