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In this show you are hearing an interview with Victoria “Mavic” Cabrera Balleza and Agnieszka-Fal Dutra Santos. They are telling us, how local communities build and sustain peace in countries mainly of the Global South, Eastern Europe and South Caucasus, in accordance to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs are the heart of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, providing a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.[1] The GNWP makes sure that women, youth, journalists, agents from civil society, and policy- and decision-makers create and sustain local, national, regional, cross-regional and cross-border networks that coordinate and promote action for effective implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda across sectors and at all levels all over the world.


One project of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders is financed by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and aims at improving the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, which recognizes women as agents of peace and calls for their meaningful participation at all levels of decision making on matters of peace and security and governance.


The Resolution 1325:  A Landmark Agenda on Women, Peace and Security

The UN adopted the Resolution 1325 on women and peace and security on 31 October 2000. The Resolution 1325 urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts. It also calls on all parties to conflict to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based violence, particularly rape and other forms of sexual abuse, in situations of armed conflict. The resolution provides a number of important operational mandates, with implications for Member States and the entities of the United Nations system.[2]


Victoria “Mavic” Cabrera Balleza is the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. Mavic initiated the Philippines National Action Plan process on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. She also served as the international consultant to Nepal’s National Action Plan.

Agnieszka-Fal Dutra Santos is a Program Coordinator. She coordinates GNWP’s work on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace; the linkages between Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

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Show producer: Tania Napravnik

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