Individual Profile

Sanam Naraghi Anderlini

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Member since Sep 20 2016

Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Society Action Network. She is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and between 2005-14, she was a Research Associate and Senior Fellow at the MIT Center for International Studies. In 2011, she was the first Senior Expert on Gender and Inclusion on the UN’s Mediation Standby Team. For nearly two decades she has been a leading international advocate, researcher, trainer and writer on conflict prevention and peacebuilding. In 2000, she was among the civil society drafters of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security.

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    International Civil Society Action Network

    Founded in 2006, ICAN is a registered non-profit, US based organization whose mission is to support civil society activism in promoting women’s rights, peace and human security in countries affected by conflict, transition and closed political space. ICAN aims to support women’s efforts through bridging the divisions between activists and the policy community, elevating the voices and experiences of women activists, building skills, and ensuring the exchange of knowledge and resources. ICAN achieves its mission through trainings, information generation, sharing and exchange, and dialogue facilitation. ICAN places partnership and collaboration as a core principle of its interactions with other NGOs as well as academic institutions and multilateral organizations. We pride ourselves in listening to and responding to the needs of our partners in conflict affected countries. By virtue of establishing strong ties with globally renowned institutions, we can bridge the north-south divisions, and foster a mutually beneficial exchange of expertise and knowledge and practice. ICAN also believes in elevating the voices and profile of national experts onto the global arena. As such we strive to identify and work with local activists and scholars where possible.

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    Women's Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)

    The Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL)* brings together existing women rights and peace practitioners, organizations, and networks actively engaged in preventing extremism and promoting peace, rights and pluralism, to enable their systematic and strategic collaboration. WASL partners have deep experience in: Providing religious literacy and alternative narratives Deradicalization & rehabilitation Security sector reform (SSR) and training Upholding human rights and gender equality Building community resilience and addressing grievances through social and economic programming Promoting a culture of peace and active citizenship * ‘Wasl’ means to ‘connect‘ in Arabic, Urdu and Persian