In 2020, when the whole world was hit by the Covid 19 pandemic, as governments, businesses and people battled to make sense of the global challenge, AMAN Indonesia, The Center of Excellence on Women and Social Security(CWSS), Walailak University Thailand and IMAN Research Malaysia joined hands to form The Southeast Asian Women Peacebuilders Network (SEAWP).
The on the ground realities the Covid pandemic has impacted is worrying, as xenophobia increased, and security issues that may be under the radar imploded, because the world’s focus was on stemming the virus.
It was obvious to SEAWP and friends that the Women, Peace and Security Agenda (WPS) had to be promoted more diligently and firmly, as the world order we knew had been changed by Covid 19.
SEAWP is about collaboration with and supporting our fellow peacebuilders around the ASEAN region. We want to advance local narratives on the work women and men peacebuilders in the region do. Southeast Asia is a dynamic, complex and multicultural region, whose borders can be contested, envied and reviled.
Our members work in peacebuilding as academics, activists, negotiators, mothers and fathers involved in the peace process, and young people wanting a peaceful future.