On the 27 October 2020, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) hosted a virtual launch of the Action Network on Forced Displacement.
On the 27 October 2020, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) hosted a virtual launch of the Action Network on Forced Displacement under the patronage of the Parliamentary State Secretary, Dr. Maria Flachsbarth in cooperation with the United Nations Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund.
Too often the capacity of women, especially displaced women, to be agents of change are overlooked in government responses. In these contexts, women are mainly perceived as victims and survivors of violence by the international community. The Network aims to empower women as actors of change in situations of forced displacement and strengthen support structures.
The BMZ has committed to the promotion of greater participation of women in decision-making processes in contexts of displacement. The Action Network on Forced Displacement brings this commitment to life. Its objective is to raise the visibility of women and give them a voice as key players in situations of forced displacement, in addition to strengthening them in their rights, opportunities and activities for economic and political participation. The Action Network on Forced Displacement is a joint force, consisting of 20 core members who are active in the field of political and economic participation for displaced women. Half of the members are political or other decision-makers, the other half are affected women or activists engaged on the ground. The Network serves as a platform for change and to facilitate exchange between actors. Together we are building a community of action for advocacy, implementation and the dissemination of knowledge and ideas.