Regional and International Learning and Action on Violence against Women in Indonesia, Brazil and Latin America and the Caribbean (Spanish speaking)
This cross-regional project focuses on the interrelation between culture of peace, women’s rights and gender equality and addresses violence against women (VAW) as one of the main obstacles to fulfil these principles.
The project takes into account regional differences and aims to merge the lessons learned from past activities of the regions involved within an international action working group. We focus on capacity building for grassroots women and men, especially youth, to be or to become active participants in social and political processes and to fight against VAW. A further aim of our project is to increase women’s representation in key decision making levels to address VAW. Furthermore, PWAG is lobbying for an immediate and full implementation of UNSCR 1325 by the UN Member States and, promotes the need for national and local implementation of the women, peace and security agenda in the project regions.
In Indonesia, the situation of VAW is alarming. Together with its neighbouring countries, Indonesia belongs to one of the most affected areas of trafficking, being a source, transit, and destination country for the purposes of commercial sexual exploitation and forced labour. PWAG strains to strengthen networks that organize against trafficking of women in South East Asia.
PWAG Brazil or Associaçao Mulheres Pela Paz (AMP) is convinced that when working with women and men on the issues of reproductive health issues and relationships, concepts of masculinity, femininity and gender equality they touch key questions in the prevention of VAW. AMP addresses together with women and men root causes of why violence occurs and promotes a culture of zero tolerance of VAW.
Latin America and the Caribbean (Spanish speaking)
In Latin America and the Caribbean, the PWAG promotes the implementation of national laws to fight VAW. Despite of national laws, very few cases of VAW are brought to trial and perpetrators usually remain unpunished. Moreover, the PWAG regional office lobbies for the implementation of the National Plan for UNSCR 1325 in Argentina and promotes the resolution in the region, i.e. through the PWAG exhibition “No Women – No Peace”.