Female protesters in Yerevan, Armenia.
Female protesters in Yerevan, Armenia. © Nazik Armenakyan/4plus
March protesting domestic violence, Chisinau 8 March, 2020.
March protesting domestic violence, Chisinau 8 March, 2020. © Life without Violence in the Family – national coalition
The Pankisi Gorge lies in the foothills of the Caucasus. Most of Pankisi's residents belong to the Kist ethnic group.
The Pankisi Gorge lies in the foothills of the Caucasus. Most of Pankisi's residents belong to the Kist ethnic group. © Onnik Krikorian
Protesters demanding that Roman Protasevich be freed in Warsaw, Poland.
Protesters demanding that Roman Protasevich be freed in Warsaw, Poland. © Kuba Kaminski
A rally in Tbilisi in support of greater female participation in politics.
A rally in Tbilisi in support of greater female participation in politics. © Regina Jegorova-Askerova

Focus

Building Resilience in the Eastern Neighbourhood (BREN)

Years active: 2021-present
 

BREN supports civil society and women’s rights organisations in Eastern Neighbourhood countries.

The BREN project, delivered by IWPR in partnership with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP), is designed to build the resilience of CSOs to promote human security, peace and stability in the Eastern Neighbourhood countries, focused on women and other marginalised groups.

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Societies in the South Caucasus and Moldova face a range of systemic internal and external threats, including protracted conflicts leading to internally displaced people. These conflicts have a disproportionate impact on women and other marginalised groups, yet their voices are often excluded in security and stabilisation processes.

The BREN project builds on IWPR and GNWP’s regional experience to support these excluded voices and build resilience among civil society (CSO) and women’s rights organisations (WRO) to foster peace, security and stability for all. In the past year, GNWP conducted an in-depth analysis of peacebuilding processes and women’s organisations across the Eastern Neighbourhood to inform BREN’s approach.


The BREN project is designed to:

  • Strengthen the effectiveness of CSOs, including WROs, to counter the drivers of conflict, instability, and insecurity; and 
  • Establish an environment where state actors ensure better access to justice for CSOs and recognise their legitimacy in strategic planning on peace and security overall.

The project activities include:

  • Awarding grants to CSOs and WROs to support projects to increase the participation of women in the peace and security processes across the region, and to improve legal frameworks to protect the rights of LGBTQI+ groups, ethnic and religious minorities in Georgia. In addition, a Rapid Response Mechanism will provide grants to Moldovan organisations for conflict prevention, community recon- ciliation, and relief and recovery;
  • Providing technical assistance through training and mentoring to build the capacity and strengthen the resilience of CSOs and WROs; and 
  • Facilitating sustained multi-stakeholder national and regional networks and engagement, including among CSOs and WROs, government, media, and other influential individuals and entities.

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Sohia Farion, Senior Program Officer at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (Gnwp), facilitating the capacity building sessions with civil society leaders working on Women, Peace and Security in Tbilisi for the regional conference of the BREN project.
Sohia Farion, Senior Program Officer at the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (Gnwp), facilitating the capacity building sessions with civil society leaders working on Women, Peace and Security in Tbilisi for the regional conference of the BREN project. © David Mdzinarishvili
H.E. Mark Clayton, UK's ambassador to Georgia, welcome participants to the Building Resilience in Eastern Neighbourhood conference. His welcome speech highlighted that a strong civil society is an essential building block for a successful democratic society.
H.E. Mark Clayton, UK's ambassador to Georgia, welcome participants to the Building Resilience in Eastern Neighbourhood conference. His welcome speech highlighted that a strong civil society is an essential building block for a successful democratic society. © David Mdzinarishvili
Civil society leaders from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova working, on women peace and security, gathered in Tbilisi for the BREN project regional conference.
Civil society leaders from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Moldova working, on women peace and security, gathered in Tbilisi for the BREN project regional conference. © David Mdzinarishvili
The World Cafe allowed participants to present their work under the BREN project and learn about important efforts by other organisations in their countries and acoross the region to promote Women, Peace and Security.
The World Cafe allowed participants to present their work under the BREN project and learn about important efforts by other organisations in their countries and acoross the region to promote Women, Peace and Security. © David Mdzinarishvili
PROJECT HIGHLIGHT

Building Resilience in the Eastern Neighbourhood

Subgrants in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova support peace, security and stability.

BREN was launched in October 2021 and, subject to funding, is expected to continue until March 2024. The project is supported by the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund of the United Kingdom and is implemented in partnership with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP).

Project funded by Conflict, Stability and Security Fund, UK
Implemented in partnership with the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP)
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