Participants in ICAN’s training produced and performed a musical drama depicting the experiences of women mobilizing for political action.



“Team 1325” strengthened their conflict resolution and coalition building skills.



The women discussed United National Security Council Resolution 1325 and women’s roles in peace and security decision making.



Participants in ICAN’s training in Sri Lanka learned about SCR 1325.


Grantee name: International Civil Society Action Network

Mission: ICAN is a U.S.-based non-profit organization whose mission is to support civil society activism in promoting women’s rights, peace and human security in countries affected by conflict, transition and closed political space. ICAN aims to support women’s efforts through bridging the divisions between activists and the policy community, elevating the voices and experiences of women activists, building skills, and ensuring the exchange of knowledge and resources.

ICAN achieves its mission through trainings, information generation, sharing and exchange, and dialogue facilitation.

Location: Washington DC, USA

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Channel Grants: In 2015 Channel made a grant to ICAN to support the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) in its ongoing efforts to enhance the capacities of Congolese and South Sudanese women and their local communities to use UNSCR 1325 and 1820 to hold duty bearers accountable, to find peaceful solutions to the conflict, and to promote women and girls’ rights in conflict and post-conflict situations. Funds will support the training of the Girl Ambassadors for Peace which will include components on radio and video production. (2015)

In 2015 and 2014 Channel made grants to support ICAN in the ongoing implementation of its South-South Exchange/Capacity Building efforts, and in providing urgent programmatic support (eg. for campaigns, workshops, grassroots outreach, organizational development etc.) in the form of small seed grants to partners on the ground. (2014, 2015)

In 2013 and 2014 Channel made grants to the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders program of ICAN to raise awareness, build capacity, and monitor the implementation of UNSCR 1325 and 1820 in South Sudan. Through community radio projects, GNWP builds strong local support for the women, peace and security agenda resolutions and promotes their full and effective implementation especially at the local level. GNWP also builds leadership capacity among the women and girls of South Sudan through workshops, literacy training, and the Girl Ambassadors for Peace program. (2013, 2014)

In 2012 and 2013 Channel made grants to ICAN to support the implementation of South-South/Capacity Building exchanges as part of ICAN's work linking women’s rights and peacebuilding groups in the MENA-Asia region to each other and helping to elevate their voices and concerns to global policy fora. ICAN also held its first MENA/Asia Regional Meeting on Women's Rights, Peace and Security in Sept. 2012 in Istabul. (2012, 2013)

In 2011 Channel made a grant to ICAN to help strategically link women’s rights and peacebuilding groups in the MENA region via a solidarity network of support created to enable more sharing of strategies around peace activism and promotion of women’s rights. (2011)

In 2010 Channel made a grant to ICAN to support the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) Project which uses media to facilitate development and implementation of community-based sexual violence prevention programs in conflict-affected situations using existing national action plans on 1325 and 1820 and equivalent policies. GNWP works to popularize and create support for ICAN’s Women’s Security Campaign (WSC) project. The project includes production of radio and TV spots and use of social networks as well as mobilization of national and community media associations.

As part of "Living Without Fear: Media and Local Communities Working Together to Prevent Sexual Violence in Conflict Affected Areas – Using UNSCR 1325 and 1820 as Policy Framework," GNWP, in partnership with local partners Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica (CIASE) and Red Nacional de Mujeres, conducted five community-focused capacity building workshops with over 130 women and men from February 8 to March 2, 2012 in the cities and municipalities of Cali, Buenaventura, Cartagena, Montes de Maria, and Pasto, Colombia. The workshop participants were predominantly indigenous and Afro-Colombian. Together, GNWP and its partners developed scripts and produced three radio spots that focused on UNSCR 1325 that were eventually played on 10 radio programs over various radio stations in Cali, Cartagena, Montes de Maria, Palmira, Jamundi and Yumbo. Please find more information about the Colombia workshops here. GNWP held additional workshops in September 2012. (2010)

In 2009 Channel made a grant to support ICAN to conduct several case studies as part of an assessment of the impact of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in the 10 years since its passage. The ICAN/MIT report, “What the Women Say: Participation and UNSCR 1325,"  includes case studies from six countries (Liberia, Sri Lanka, Aceh, Israel/Palestine, Colombia and Uganda) and key recommendations. A critical aspect of the project was to return to women in conflict zones to "capture their voices and experiences regarding the relevance and impact of 1325 and related activities in their countries." The report accuses donors of  "not practicing what they preach," because they have failed to support and include women's participation in peace-related activities. (2009)

In 2008 Channel made a grant to support the 1325 Global Bridges workshops bringing women leaders together to discuss implementation of Security Council Resolution 1325 and to ensure women’s participation in conflict resolution and peacebuilding in conflict zones. in Kandy, Sri Lanka, in September 2008, ICAN led a five day training for 26 diverse Sri Lankan women on women, peacebuilding, and the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820. (2008)

Publications:  As part of its MENA Regional Program on Women's Rights, Peace and Security, ICAN has produced a series of Issue Briefs, "What the Women Say":
The Arab Spring & Implications for Women (Dec. 2011)
The End of the Beginning: Tunisia’s Revolution and Fighting for the Future (April 2012)
Killing Them Softly: The Stark Impact of Sanctions on the Lives of Ordinary Iranians (July 2012)
Egypt's Fitful Revolution: Women in the Balance (Oct. 2012)
Voices from the Ground: Syria's Humanitarian Crisis (Jan. 2013)
Picking up the Pieces: Iraqi Women in the Aftermath of War and Occupation
(Feb. 2013)
Elusive Peace, Pervasive Violence: Sri Lankan Women’s Struggle for Security and Justice (Spring 2013)
From Subjects to Citizens: Women in Post-Revolutionary Libya (Dec. 2013)
Resisting the New Conservatism: Women's Campaigns for rights, peace and participation in Turkey (Dec. 2014)

All photos courtesy of ICAN.