The Instrument for Stability (IfS), managed by the FPI, enables the EU to help third countries prevent conflicts or responds to actual crises as they unfold. IfS interventions also help build capacity among a wide range of actors, including women.
In an effort to help women and girls in conflict and post-conflict countries, UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme and the European Union are implementing a two-year (2012-2014) joint programme funded by the IfS.
This partnership is being piloted in three post-conflict locations: Liberia; Timor-Leste and Kosovo. While these regions are making progress in consolidating the recovery and stabilisation achieved over the past few years, women and girls still face significant challenges in terms of security and justice.
The programme will serve as a model for EU-UN collaboration supporting women, peace and security, with a particular focus on greater participation and leadership of women in peace-building and post-conflict recovery.
In July 2011, the EU put in place an initial programme of capacity-building training and support for both civil society and new public service bodies in Libya. The programme, financed by the IfS, was set up in response to Libyan requests for support with training on leadership, organisational and other management skills. Women feature prominently as participants in this programme.
In January 2013, the programme brought together members of the Libyan congress, government, civil society and other local notables at a roundtable event to explore the potential for third-party engagement in conflict mediation and mitigation efforts.
Significantly, the event included women who are actively involved in peace‐building initiatives. Among the specific issues under discussion were the respective and complementary roles of women and men in the process.
The roundtable facilitated a first encounter between members of the Council of the Elders, or Hukama, and Libyan women to discuss ways to jointly engage in conflict mitigation and mediation activities. It also allowed stakeholders from various politically marginalised communities and key decision-makers to exchange ideas on the path towards national reconciliation in Libya.
Women and capacity-building in Libya