Management Response

: Regional Office for Arab States (Egypt)
: 2019 - 2019 , Regional Office for Arab States (Egypt) (RO)
: Supporting Syrian Women’s Engagement in the Syrian Political Process – Building a Homegrown Constituency for Peace Programme
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: Regional Office for Arab States (Egypt)
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UN Women partially agrees with the recommendations put forward by the evaluation conducted by International Alert in 2019. Some of the recommendations have already been taken on board and integrated into future phases of UN Women’s Women, Peace and Security (WPS) programming in Syria. Other recommendations are not in line with UN Women’s approach to the next phase of programming or are no longer relevant due to the rapidly evolving Syrian context. The recommendations that will not be actioned are explained below. UN Women is committed to strengthening its work on WPS to ensure it builds on emerging good practice identified in this evaluation and remains responsive to an evolving Syrian context.

: Approved
Recommendation: A. Increase the number of consultations and linkages with grassroots actors inside and outside Syria over the long term, including identifying opportunities for connection of grassroots activities, activism and opinions, with the formal peace process and other Track I and II initiatives. Utilise existing grassroots bodies, networks and platforms to avoid duplication of efforts, ensure relevance, and build relationships and trust with actors beyond the programme. B. Use consultations with participants and stakeholders to test the relevance of the topics that are intended to be tabled for dialogue in the WAB and SWIPD, and ensure that the programme assumptions are tested in these consultations and remain in line with participants’ and stakeholder priorities. C. Seek to add more young women, emerging grassroots leaders and underrepresented groups to the WAB and/or enable them to be connected to the activities of the WAB and SWIPD through developing methods for participation and consultation specifically for people who are unable to travel or officially participate in the WAB or SWIPD.
Management Response: UN Women will continue to broaden its efforts beyond the WAB by creating partnerships and linkages with civil society working inside and outside Syria (including young women and other ‘underrepresented groups’ in the political process). Consultations to test the relevance of WAB dialogue topics, as recommended in the evaluation, will not be pursued given the political and conflict sensitivities of holding consultation processes in the current Syrian context (alongside security implications for women activists at the grassroots level). Further, WAB dialogue topics are directly linked to bolstering technical capacity vis-à-vis discussion topics in the political process. Instead, UN Women will work through partners working inside Syria to identify priorities and policy options relevant to the political process that could be shuttled to the WAB via UN Women. UN Women commissioned research will also seek to capture the everyday gendered realities of the Syrian conflict. This research will help inform the policy-advocacy approach of the WAB to ensure it is rooted in contextual analysis. UN Women will also seek discreet opportunities to test programmatic assumptions and priorities with leading Syrian women, where possible, during WAB meetings and in meetings with partners.
Description:
Management Response Category: Partially Accepted
Thematic Area: Peace and security (SPs before 2018)
Operating Principles: Capacity development, Promoting inclusiveness/Leaving no one behind
Organizational Priorities: Partnership
UNEG Criteria: Efficiency, Sustainability
Key Actions
Responsible Deadline Status Comments
UN Women will seek to broaden its partnerships with civil society working inside and outside of Syria. UN Women will actively seek out partners working in areas that are not covered by current programming. ROAS 2022/12 Initiated UN Women is looking to bring on another women-led CSO working on Syria and women’s rights in the first quarter of 2020. This CSO also works in the NW of Syria, an area that is currently not covered by the WPS programme.
UN Women will create a strategy that i) outlines methods that will be used to connect grassroots priorities and activities to the political process via the WAB (upward information flow); and ii) sets out ways of sharing updates from the WAB and CC process with a broader set of civil society working at the grassroots level in Syria (downward information flow). ROAS 2020/03 Overdue-Initiated Strategy will be collaboratively developed with the Gender Adviser to the Office of the Special Envoy to Syria.
UN Women will work through partners to reach a younger generation of women leaders. ROAS 2020/03 Overdue-Initiated UN Women is currently pursuing a partnership with a CSO led by a young Syrian women leader, that also focuses on youth engagement.
UN Women will formulate a research agenda to enhance understanding and start building an evidence-base around gender dynamics in the Syrian conflict and political process. ROAS 2022/12 Initiated Research will provide an opportunity to capture priorities of diverse women in Syria. The aim is for this type of analysis to inform the policy-advocacy of the WAB and other relevant national and international stakeholders.
UN Women will formulate a research agenda to enhance understanding and start building an evidence-base around gender dynamics in the Syrian conflict and political process. ROAS 2022/12 Initiated Research will provide an opportunity to capture priorities of diverse women in Syria. The aim is for this type of analysis to inform the policy-advocacy of the WAB and other relevant national and international stakeholders.