This post is adapted from an Official Background Paper for the 2013 Oslo Forum, a gathering of the world’s top mediators, high-level decision makers, and key peace actors. The paper was written by Jacqueline O’Neill and Alice Nderitu.
When speaking with decision makers about meaningfully including women in peace processes, we frequently hear, “Yes, but….” Many support this representation in principle, but cite barriers to implementing it in the midst of complex, high-stakes negotiations.
Here are seven common myths that, left unchallenged, may prevent peacemakers from doing their best work.
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Inclusive Security is thrilled to welcome Ambassador Carol Rodley to its leadership team as Director of Resolution to Act. Ambassador Rodley has more than 30 years of experience as an American diplomat. Most recently, she served as Dean of the School of Leadership and Management at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute and was the … Read more »
Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced a new partnership to support her No Ceilings initiative. The Institute for Inclusive Security and the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security will convene government and civil society leaders from around the world to create roadmaps for advancing women’s leadership roles in ending wars and constructing durable peace. Speaking … Read more »
This post first appeared on Conflict Perspectives. They move carefully between constantly changing checkpoints, where they’re often harassed. Extremists have been known to target female activists—beating them for not dressing conservatively enough. Or they may be detained. It happens frequently, especially if their activities are known to the government authorities. Even if not directly targeted, … Read more »
This post first appeared on the Building Peace blog. Why is the inclusion of women in decision-making around peace and security issues so important? Here are the cold, hard facts: The single best predictor of a state’s level of peacefulness is not wealth, democracy, or identity; it is how well its women are treated. Women … Read more »
Inclusive Security Action’s Michelle Barsa outlines how Syrian women are involved in the ongoing peace talks and why their participation is so critical.
In the lead-up to the Geneva II negotiations, Syrian activists, local and international organizations, the UN, and various foreign governments made a clear demand: Women must be at the table. During the first round of talks in late January, both the regime and opposition delegations heeded that call, to differing extents. Below, we’ve documented what we know … Read more »
Today the US, Russia, and close to 40 other countries have assembled to discuss an end to three years of bloodshed in Syria. If all goes well, the regime and opposition delegations will begin negotiations on Friday. But who will be at the table? Without inclusion “there will be no space for democracy in this … Read more »
It’s not a rhetorical question. Last week, in front of a packed audience at Harvard’s JFK Jr. Forum, five women leaders from Afghanistan, Colombia, the Philippines, Rwanda, and Syria gathered onstage with Inclusive Security’s founder and chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, to demonstrate the answer. This was far from merely an intellectual exercise. These women—and the … Read more »
From this week’s Geneva II talks on Syria to the ongoing South Sudan peace negotiations, women continue to call on the US and the international community to play a greater role in advocating for their meaningful inclusion and participation in negotiations. While there is progress, much work remains. Last week, US Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) … Read more »