Today, May 11, 2014, 120 women from 26 nations are gathered in Amman, Jordan for the Eighteenth Annual WFWPI Women's Conference for Peace in the Middle East with the theme "Women's Partnership in Achieving Peace and Harmony in the Middle East and the World".
Commemorating the 10th year Anniversary of the Women's Federation for World Peace, International's campaign that brought over 600 women to the Middle East, focusing on Jerusalem in 2004, to create an enabling environment for peace and express solidarity with all women worldwide engaged for peace and conciliation.
Representing governments, international institutions and civil society, we acknowledge that women are significant and necessary partners in preventing and resolving conflict and commit ourselves to take the lead in realizing a world of peace by organizing a peace network of individuals, organizations and agencies committed to protecting human dignity, human rights, the recognition of shared responsibility and universal values.
As such, we declare our determination:
To value women's unique position and responsibilities within families, the starting place of a world of peace and the place for learning and living peace.
To take the lead in pioneering the path of resolute women peace leaders through education, cooperation and solidarity, ending historic cycles of victimization and perpetuation of violence.
To overcome barriers and misunderstanding between races, religions, cultures and nationalities as men and women work together in partnership to promote the paradigm for peace: One Human Family under One Creator.
(drawn up during the 18th MEW conference and accepted in consensus)
- Calling for a renewed commitment for the participation of women in peace negotiations and peace building at all decision making levels.
- Enhancing the knowledge and education at the family and formal levels through giving equal opportunities for both girls/women and boys/men, in accordance with international legal framework on gender.
- Launching awareness campaigns on Security Council resolution 1325 and human rights education with the support of UN agencies present on the field.
- Enhancing dignity to empower the feminine character and reject victimization.***
- Actively engaging women in reconciliation process as facilitators and not only as victims.
- Appreciating that women have a unique position within families and communities to detect early warning signs of unrest and if empowered could pilot preventive measures.
- Calling for the adoption of appropriate laws promoting and protecting equal rights for men and women.
- Involving national NGOs and other stakeholders to work with their respective governments on the creation of national action plans on the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325, with reporting mechanism as is required.
- Building the capacity of National NGOs to respond to the needs of their local communities in conflict and post conflict situation.
- Guarantee the full participation of women in all fields of the labor market and their involvement in the national economy with special focus on the female-headed household.
- Working on the creation of an independent movement can facilitate toward peace and monitor the situation of women in their countries through the collection of research, media, statistics, testimonies, school curricula and all available data in order to "map" women NGOs and entities for lessons learned and best practices.
- Creating a database/ website to serve this purpose and assist governments and NGOs in effectively adopting the above actions.***
All participants of the MEW 18 Global Women's Peace Network Assembly