On November 09, 2017, the National Advocacy Committee for Public Policy (NAC-PP) held its first NAP 1325 Sub-Committee meeting to discuss objectives and strategy for this specific sub-committee, and identify possible collaboration and coordination between different civil society organizations which work on women, peace and security in Afghanistan. The event was organized by Afghanistan Public Policy Research Organization (APPRO), the Secretariat of NAC-PP, following the NAC-PP Stakeholders Conference on October 12, 2017 in Continental Hotel.
Nine civil society organizations attended this roundtable discussion: New Message for Afghan Women Organization (NMAWO), Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD), Afghan Youth New Era Organization (AYNEO), Equality Social and Cultural Organization (ESCO), Afghan Women Training and Problems Evaluation Organization (AWTPEO), and Development and Support of Afghan Women and Children Organization (DSAWCO). The chair and deputy of NAC-PP were also present.
Introduction and Presentation of NAP 1325 Sub-Committee
APPRO’s Research Manager, Hasan Raha, opened the meeting with a presentation which included a brief introduction to NAC-PP, its background, structure, objectives and scope of work, followed by explaining the advantages of NAC-PP, specifically the NAP 1325 Sub-committee. Those advantages include:
- Critical Mass and collective voice
- Effective advocacy based on evidence
- Protection due to critical mass
- Shared platform or better outreach
- Collective learning or professionalization
- More equal state-civil society relations and dialogue
- More access to state authorities
- More likely to influence policy process
The presentation continued with an introduction to NAP 1325 Sub-Committee mandate which is to facilitate evidence-based constructive advocacy by civil society organizations to initiate an inclusive, ongoing dialogue between state and non-state actors to collaborate and explore possibilities for gender equality using the legitimacy of Afghanistan’s NAP 1325.
The presentation was concluded with an introduction to the Afghanistan’s NAP 1325 and the four main Pillars of the action plan were described to the attendants. Then the participants discussed the most urgent issues regarding women, peace and security in Afghanistan and possible advocacy strategies to address them. The participants acknowledged that there is a need civil society organizations to share their existing capacity and resources and collaborate, through the NAC-PP platform, for the better implementation of NAP 1325. It was recognized that the sub-committee needed a clear strategy and action plan to prioritize and commence its advocacy activities.
At the end of the meeting, the participants shared their organizations’ experiences and ongoing activities in line with NAP 1325, and recommendation for advocacy programs to be used for developing a strategy and action plan for the sub-committee. Further it was agreed that the secretariat of NAC-PP (APPRO) will draft a strategy and action plan for the committee, based on inputs from the members who attended the roundtable dicussion, and send it to member organizations for further recommendations before the next sub-committee next meeting planned for December 2017.