Advocacy in Switzerland
Advocacy is an important area of activity for PeaceWomen Across the Globe. In alliance with other civil society organisations, PWAG is committed to the implementation of key human rights standards ‒ focusing on UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and its follow-up resolutions, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. PWAG is committed to women's rights, both worldwide and in Switzerland. Because women's rights are human rights.
Civil Society follow-up National Action Plan 1325
PeaceWomen Across the Globe, together with KOFF (the Swiss Platform for Peace-building) and the feminist peace organisation cfd, is coordinating the civil society follow-up of the 4th Swiss National Action Plan (NAP) on «Women, Peace, Security». Launched in late October 2018, the NAP 1325 defines measures to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which since 2000 has required more women to participate in peace processes worldwide and to be protected from conflict violence. The goal of the civil society follow-up is to make the NAP better known and more relevant in the practice of peacebuilding.
Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women CEDAW
As part of the post-Beijing NGO coordination, PWAG, together with other civil society organisations, monitors the implementation of the recommendations of the CEDAW Committee to Switzerland, trains and mobilises civil society organisations for this monitoring and coordinates the civil society shadow report. PWAG pays particular attention to the two paragraphs on women, peace and security.
Concluding Observations of the CEDAW Committee on the combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Switzerland
Platform Agenda 2030
PWAG is a member of the civil society Platform Agenda 2030, which monitors Switzerland's implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. An alternative report to the government report was presented at the 2018 UN High Level Political Forum. PWAG refers in particular to SDG 5 on gender equality and SDG 16 on peace, justice and strong institutions.
Response to Switzerland's International Cooperation 2021-2024
The feminist peace organisations PeaceWomen Across the Globe, cfd and NGO Coordination post Beijing Switzerland published a joint response to Switzerland's strategy on International Cooperation 2021-2024 that contains nine concrete demands, including: gender equality must become an explizit goal.
Network Istanbul Convention
On 15 December 2017, Switzerland ratified the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (the “Istanbul Convention”). The Convention is a binding instrument against gender-based violence and aims to enforce the right to protection and support for those affected by violence.
The Istanbul Convention defines gender-based violence as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination. It recognises that gender-based violence is both structurally conditioned and an expression of unequal power relations, and that the realisation of de jure and de facto equality between genders is an important part of prevention.
This acknowledgement of structural violence and unequal power relations is central to PeaceWomen Across the Globe. We regard the Istanbul Convention as an important instrument for combating gender-based violence and achieving gender equality.