Promoting good governance
Interpeace programme is focusing on justice governance and aims to create new mechanisms and build capacities for an active citizenry empowered to monitor, evaluate and advocate for adequate public policies in the justice sector, and to integrate traditional justice into the justice sector through a peacebuilding lens. An essential component of the programme is a Participatory Barometer, which is the first ever to be used in Guinea-Bissau. The use of such a participatory tool is aimed at giving citizens an instrument so that they themselves can demand changes to the justice system, notably through dialogue and discussion. The goal is also to make the government reflect on what people expect from them in relation to the justice system and influence the reform process. The results of this Barometer will provide quantitative and representative information on the local governance of justice in Guinea-Bissau. The programme also aims to promote the inclusion of women in governance, working on women’s participation in decision making at different areas and levels, including at the institutional and political levels. In this framework, Interpeace and Voz di Paz fostered a national dialogue and debate around the role of women in decision-making, giving voice to actors that normally wouldn’t have the chance to express their opinions and concerns, and raising awareness on the issue of gender. In March 2018, the programme published the report Fala di Mindjer (The Voices of Women), together with an accompanying video, to highlight the barriers to women in decision-making. On the basis of this study, the programme is now working with key people and organizations on strengthening advocacy and networking capacity to promote women’s in decision making with a conflict-sensitive and social cohesion lens.
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