Anderlini: “Who Are These Women, Anyway?”

Posted by Mark Gudmastad on April 3, 2014 in News From the Field, Video
Anderlini: “Who Are These Women, Anyway?”

This article originally appeared on the International Peace Institute Website. That’s the question often asked by policy makers who exclude women from official peace processes, said Sanam Naraghi Anderlini, Co-Founder of the International Civil Society Action Network, on March 12. She spoke as part of a panel on inclusive peacemaking at the International Peace Institute. … Read more »

Determining if Progress Will Prevail or Peril: The Role for Women in Defining Afghanistan’s Future

Posted by Michelle Barsa on April 3, 2014 in Afghanistan, News From the Field, Policy, Research

This article, by Inclusive Security Action’s Michelle Barsa, originally appeared in The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs.

After twelve years in Afghanistan, U.S.-led coalition forces are drawing down their presence. Despite a mixed track record, they leave behind a reformed nation. More than eight million children are now in school, up from 900,000 in 2001. Maternal and infant mortality rates have decreased significantly, and average life expectancy has increased by sixteen years. Sixty percent of the population is within an hour’s walk of a health center. Women have exercised their rights to work, vote, be educated, and serve in political office.
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Meet Four Pakistani Women Peacebuilders

Posted by Kristin Williams on April 1, 2014 in Pakistan, Policy
Meet Four Pakistani Women Peacebuilders

Over the past 10 years, an estimated 35,000 Pakistanis have been killed as a result of terrorism and extremist violence. The numbers are rapidly growing. To turn the tide, Pakistani women are mobilizing communities across the country and implementing innovative, citizen-led approaches to countering radicalism. This week, Inclusive Security brought four of these leaders to … Read more »

Pakistani Women in DC to Offer Innovative Solutions to Regional Instability

Posted by Kristin Williams on April 1, 2014 in Pakistan, Policy
Pakistani Women in DC to Offer Innovative Solutions to Regional Instability

Who? The Institute for Inclusive Security is hosting four influential Pakistani leaders in Washington, DC, this week to highlight the role of women in moderating violent extremism. The delegation includes two parliamentarians: • Member of the National Assembly Shaista Pervaiz, leader of the Women’s Parliamentary Caucus. • Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, head of the women’s wing … Read more »

POLICY BRIEF: The Role of Pakistani Policewomen in Countering Violent Extremism

Posted by Allison Peters on March 31, 2014 in News From the Field, Pakistan, Policy
POLICY BRIEF: The Role of Pakistani Policewomen in Countering Violent Extremism

Last week, the Pakistani Taliban and civilian government sat down for the first time to conduct face-to-face peace talks. These discussions—between a militant group that has claimed tens of thousands of lives and the political leaders who’ve thus far been unable to fully stem the violence—will have very real consequences for the men, women, and … Read more »

Foreign Affairs: The Rise of Rwanda’s Women

Posted by Mark Gudmastad on March 31, 2014 in News From the Field, Rwanda
Foreign Affairs: The Rise of Rwanda’s Women

A new article, “The Rise of Rwanda’s Women,” by Inclusive Security founder and Chair Ambassador Swanee Hunt was published today on the Foreign Affairs website. The article will also appear in the May-June print edition.  Over the last 15 years, Amb. Hunt and Inclusive Security staff have worked alongside Rwandan women leaders advancing peace and security. … Read more »

Gender Parity in Parliament Possible Within 20 Years, New Trends Show

Posted by Mark Gudmastad on March 25, 2014 in Policy, Research
Gender Parity in Parliament Possible Within 20 Years, New Trends Show

This post originally appeared on the Inter-Parliamentary Union website.  A one point five percentage point (1.5) increase in 2013 of the global average of women members of parliament (MPs) marks a significant and encouraging trend that could lead to gender parity within 20 years if fully capitalized upon, says the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). In its … Read more »

VIDEO: Empowering Women in Afghanistan Post-2014

Posted by Kristin Williams on March 25, 2014 in Afghanistan, Video

This post originally appeared on the website for Women’s Action for New Directions.

On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, WAND hosted Michelle Barsa of Inclusive Security Action for a webinar called “Empowering Women in Afghanistan: Post-2014 and the Afghan Elections,” discussing the current political and economic status of women in Afghanistan, how they will be impacted by the upcoming draw-down of troops, and action that can be taken to protect the rights they have gained.


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7 Myths Standing in the Way of Women’s Inclusion

Posted by Jacqueline O'Neill on March 4, 2014 in Perspectives

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.

Luz Mendez (left), the only woman member of a delegation to sign the Peace Accords ending Guatemala’s 36 year long civil war, and Ruth Caesar, who oversaw disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration programs serving over 100,000 ex-combatants in Liberia, discuss the importance of women’s inclusion in peace processes with former president of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, Chic Dambach, during Inclusive Security’s Colloquium in 2011.

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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Ambassador Carol Rodley Joins Inclusive Security’s Resolution to Act Initiative

Posted by Mark Gudmastad on March 4, 2014 in Uncategorized
Ambassador Carol Rodley Joins Inclusive Security’s Resolution to Act Initiative

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 »

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