and Intercontinental Consultations
(1997 – 2005)
WPP has been directly responsible for capacity-building in the global South.
For example, after receiving a request from the FOR in Zimbabwe, the
WPP secured funding for a January 2001 “Peace Clubs and Gender
Training”, which brought together 12 youth leaders, male and
female, in Zambia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Participants submitted their own action plans and funding proposals
for the establishment of gender-sensitive peace clubs in their countries.
WPP critiqued the funding proposals and introduced the branches to
possible funders. As follow-up to the January 2001 training, the WPP
further aided the Youth Forum for Peace and Justice
(YFPJ-Zambia) to successfully secure funding from Brot für die Welt
for YFPJ’s Peace and Education Program.
WPP’s work has made a substantial difference.
Some branches in Zimbabwe, Uganda, Zambia, India and the Philippines
have established their own Women Peacemakers Programs or gender desks
to tackle issues of gender violence, educating women for increased
participation in peacebuilding, and supporting men in becoming stakeholders
in gender justice.
Branches have also begun to incorporate gender training into their
own nonviolence trainings and annual national meetings, as in Germany
and the USA.
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