Women and Peace Studies Organization (WPSO)
The Women and Peace Studies Organization (WPSO) in Afghanistan was established to advocate for women leaders in grassroots movements and women’s inclusion in the construction of peace policies. The organization strives toward building the capacity of women leaders and support research to increase peace and security. The 70 women members of the Provincial Peace Council (PPC) of Afghanistan serve as focal points of the organization in the provinces.
Women elected to the PPC are responsible for post-conflict reintegration efforts and continue negotiations with local commanders, mediate inter-tribe deputes, and provide support to community recovery services that are at the core of the reintegration efforts. Women members of the PPC are advocates that address women’s issues, particularly when it comes to reclaiming the lost ground on social mainstreaming gender equality during peace negotiations.
Since 2012, WPSO and partners have strengthened women PPC members’ capacities through specialized skill-building training and ongoing support. The overarching objective is to broaden the scope of women PPC members’ networks, and strengthen their ability to successfully advocate for issues affecting women in peace processes.
The WPSO seeks N-Peace’s support to contribute to a forum in Kabul, which will bring together all women members of the PPC. The forum will provide a space for them to voice their concerns and make recommendations directly to the Afghanistan High Peace Council and other security institutions. This will help solidify networks, and build women’s leadership skills.