Datum & tijd 09/05/2019, 10:00 - 12:00 uur
WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform invites you to the:
Launch Event Shadow Report UNSCR 2242:
What is the impact of countering financing terrorism on the work of Dutch CSO’s on gender equality and women’s rights worldwide?
On May 9th WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform, in collaboration with Human Security Collective will launch a shadow report on the impact of Dutch countering financing terrorism (CFT) measures on Dutch based organizations that work on women’s rights and gender equality worldwide. Policy makers, program coordinators and financial and legal officers of CSO’s, banks and governmental institutions are warmly invited. Based on the outcomes we’ll dive deeper into the scope of the adverse impact faced by Dutch CSO’s and how this research is relevant for (I)NGO´s, donors and banks.
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Over the years there has been an increased focus on the urgency of countering financing of terrorism (CFT) as part of the global counter terrorism agenda. The various interpretations of CFT rules by States’ and financial institutions in their policies have impacted the operating space of civil society – sometimes inadvertently and indirectly and sometimes intentionally and directly.
This impact has been demonstrated by studies conducted by among others Charity & Security Network, Duke International Human Rights Clinic & Women Peacemakers Program, Oxfam, and Human Security Collective. These reports specify how civil society organizations are experiencing limitations to transfer money to partners, increased administrative burdens and reporting requirements, freezing of assets, closure of bank accounts, and exclusion of financial and legal services. In practice, many of these trends overlap and are experienced simultaneously, which compound the potency of their effects.
The negative impact of CFT measures have specific impacts on groups and organizations that work on gender equality and women’s rights in conflict affected contexts. In many contexts the negative impact of CFT adds to the social and political limited space these organizations often already face. As a consequence, these measures jeopardize the ability of women’s rights activists, peace builders, humanitarian and development organizations to implement their mandates. Which undermines the capacity of civil society to hold governments to account, provide much-needed aid and relief, and to advocate for political and social change.
In 2015 the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 2242, which acknowledged the need to develop targeted and evidence-based counterterrorism strategies that respect women human rights and women’s organizations, . UNSCR 2242 urges Member States to ‘conduct and gather gender-sensitive research and data collection on […] the impacts of counter-terrorism strategies on women’s human rights and women’s organizations.’
While the Dutch government is an important donor of organizations that work on women’s rights and gender equality worldwide, to date, no gender-sensitive research or data collection has been conducted. To get a better understanding of how these effects are felt for Dutch organizations, the Gender, Peace & Security Working Group of WO=MEN Dutch Gender Platform initiated this shadow report. The report, based on 20 interviews with Dutch based organizations that work worldwide, has been conducted by WO=MEN in close collaboration with Human Security Collective.