Women, Peace and Security

Support us create a women's vision of a future Northern Ireland!


NIWEP is seeking facilitation support for a project designed to engage with women across Northern Ireland, explore their experiences of life in Northern Ireland and women's ideas and vision for a future Northern Ireland. The project will utilise creative methods, and the facilitator will be able to develop and agree these with participant groups to ensure a flexible, accessible and inclusive project.

The facilitator will be responsible for facilitation of discussion in workshops, identifying relevant engagement methods for each group and contributing to final reports and products from the project. NIWEP will be responsible for any capacity building element within the programme and also administration and practical organisation of the project. 

The project will be delivered with up to 10 women's groups across Northern Ireland in autumn 2021, with a projected start date in October. The facilitator will have an opportunity to shape and advise on the final project plan to ensure a creative and inclusive approach. 

We're seeking a facilitator with experience of facilitating projects and discussions with women of different ages and backgrounds. Experience of women, peace and security issues is desirable, as is experience of creative facilitation methods and activities. 

Tenders should be submitted by Thursday 2 September 2021 at 4pm and should be emailed to niwep@btconnect.com. Terms of reference for the project are available here.

For further information, please contact Project Coordinator Jonna Monaghan at niwep@btconnect.com or 07483 346816

This project is supported by the Reconciliation Fund of the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs. 


Women can't wait! Marking 20 years of learning and practice on women, peace and security

Women in Northern Ireland have a long history of peace building, but that role has not necessarily been recognised. In October 2000, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 was a landmark achievement, as it formally recognised for the first time the crucial role women play in sustainable peace building. Since then, UNSCR 1325 has made it possible to keep a spotlight on gender in peace building and underpinned a global women, peace and security agenda. In Northern Ireland, UNSCR 1325 has helped highlight women's role in public life and women's perspective on peace building, although much more remains to be done.

The Women Can't Wait! virtual event in October 2020 celebrated women in peace building in Northern Ireland, to mark the 20th anniversary of UNSCR 1325. The event aimed to take a look back on the experiences of women in Northern Ireland on peacebuilding, and a look forward on how UNSCR 1325 can play a part in building a future, locally as well as globally. Speaker contributions painted a picture of limited progress and difficult circumstances, but also highlighted that there is an opportunity to create change. Key messages highlighted the importance of empowering women across all areas of life, ensuring women are fully engaged in decision making, funding women's organisations adequately and solidarity and multilateralism at the global level. 

This event was organised in partnership with the Northern Ireland All Party Group on UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace and Security

Speaker contributions are now available. The panel discussion will be made available shortly. 



Keynote address 
HE Mrs Mary Robinson, Adjunct Professor of Climate Justice, Trinity College Dublin; Chair of The Elders; Former President of Ireland


UNSCR 1325 in Northern Ireland and beyond: sharing learning
Bronagh Hinds, Senior Associate, DemocraShe


Women, peace and sustainable development: the next big goal
Sarah Douglas, Deputy Director of Peace and Security, UN Women


Panel discussion and panel contribution by Emma Johnston 


Chair: Elizabeth Law, Chair of NIWEP
Panellists:  Anne Carr, Community Dialogue/WINI; Emma Johnston, YouthAction; Karen Sweeney, Women's Support Network; Eileen Weir, Shankill Women’s Centre


All Party Group on UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace and Security

NIWEP provides the secretariat for the Northern Ireland Assembly All Party Group on UNSCR 1325, Women, Peace and Security. The purpose of the APG is to raise awareness of the lack of participation of women in political and public life in areas outlined in UNSCR 1325 and it has cross party membership. 

In 2014, the APG in collaboration with the Westminster All Party Political Group (APPG) on Women, Peace and Security undertook an Inquiry into the implementation of the principles of UNSCR 1325 in Northern Ireland. NIWEP supported the administration of the Inquiry and published the final report, which highlighted a wide ranging series of recommendations for action, and contributed to raising awareness of the issues. A toolkit on addressing the issues was subsequently produced by the women's sector in Northern Ireland.