Enhancing the EU Response to Women and Armed Conflict

TitelEnhancing the EU Response to Women and Armed Conflict
Typ der PublikationBook
Untertitel / SerientitelStudy by the European Centre for Development Policy Management
AutorInnenSherriff, A, Barnes, K
Anzahl Seiten120 pp.
VerlagEuropean Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)

Enhancing the EU Response to Women and Armed Conflict with particular reference to Development Policy
Study for the Slovenian Presidency of the EUThe issue of women and children affected by armed conflict is one of the priorities outlined in the 18-month trio programme 'Strengthening the European Union's Role as a Global Partner for Development' as jointly agreed by the three EU Presidencies of Germany, Portugal and Slovenia. After successfully completing a study on children affected by armed conflict (CAAC), the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Austrian Development Agency and BMZ / GTZ approached the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and Andrew Sherriff to undertake this study focused on the European Union's response to women and armed conflict (WAC). In particular, the parties are interested in how to enhance the development cooperation dimension of the issue and to add possible development linkages to the European Union\'s approach. The tight timeline for the study, to be completed during the first half of the Slovenian EU Presidency, meant there was limited time for consultation. However, given the usefulness of the format and structure of the previous study on CAAC, time was saved by adopting a similar format for the study outlined below. This study should be seen as a 'companion' study to the CAAC study, despite a considerably different scope. This study is strengthened by the expertise provided by Karen Barnes of International Alert, an acknowledged expert on the issue of gender, conflict and the European Union. This study incorporates a review of the latest relevant reports produced by the United Nations, its agencies and specialist organizations with an established track record in the field of women and armed conflict as well as existing academic research on this issue. In addition to desk study, face-to-face and telephone interviews were undertaken with over 60 officials from EU institutions, EU member-states, NGOs, UN, and other specialist organisations. Certain specialist non-governmental agencies and the United Nations with experience in women and conflict issues were invited to make formal submissions and case studies. Finally, a short research visit to Uganda and African regional institutions in Ethiopia provided useful local context. Given the short timeframe for the study (Mid January - to Mid March 2008), it was not possible to approach the issue in the depth and breath that it deserves. Feedback on the first draft of this paper was received from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Austrian Development Agency, BMZ/GTZ, representatives of troika government agencies and relevant specialist officials of the European Commission. Yet again, it should be noted that due to the tight timeframe and limited amount of time for comment, not all their suggestions could be accommodated.

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