VIDEO: “How Female FARC Fighters Could Be The Key To Peace In Colombia”

Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Perspectives
VIDEO: “How Female FARC Fighters Could Be The Key To Peace In Colombia”

The Colombian civil war is winding down after more than 50 years and 222,000 casualties. How will the country help 8,000 guerrilla fighters transition back into civilian life? A key step will be ensuring that female combatants—who make up 30-40% of the FARC armed forces—are meaningfully integrated in the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration process. In […]

Foreign Policy: “Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?”

Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Perspectives
Foreign Policy: “Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?”

After 50-plus years, 222,000 deaths, $9 billion in U.S. aid, and 34 rounds of negotiations, one of the world’s longest civil wars might finally be nearing its end. The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym FARC) have agreed to terms for political participation, land reform, mine clearance, […]

Why This Photo Is So Significant

Posted by on April 13, 2015 in News From the Field
Why This Photo Is So Significant

This press photo from the recent draft ceasefire agreement in Myanmar is striking. It looks familiar: two men in suits, shaking hands. Yet standing right behind them is a less familiar sight: two women, watching over the historic deal they helped make possible. What a world we’d live in if more photos looked like this. […]

PHOTOS: South Sudanese and Sudanese Women Convene for Peacebuilding Training and Advocacy

Posted by on April 13, 2015 in News From the Field, Sudan and South Sudan
PHOTOS: South Sudanese and Sudanese Women Convene for Peacebuilding Training and Advocacy

The Institute for Inclusive Security has been supporting the Taskforce on the Engagement of Women, a cross-border group of 20 leading civil society activists and government officials from Sudan and South Sudan. The Taskforce pushes for women’s meaningful participation in bilateral and national peace processes. It acts as a conduit between women in civil society […]

The Five Most Important Insights Hidden In This State Department Report

Posted by on April 10, 2015 in National Action Plans, Perspectives
The Five Most Important Insights Hidden In This State Department Report

In case you missed it, earlier this week, the US Department of State sent a powerful message: that investment in gender equality supports US foreign policy and national security. It publicly released an overview of key accomplishments and challenges encountered while implementing the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security throughout 2014. This […]

VIDEO – What Matters Most: Measuring Plans for Inclusive Security

Posted by on April 7, 2015 in National Action Plans
VIDEO – What Matters Most: Measuring Plans for Inclusive Security

On April 2, the Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation and Peacebuilding Evaluation Consortium hosted a Thursday Talk with Zsuzsanna Lippai, Inclusive Security Monitoring and Evaluation Manager. She discussed the monitoring and evaluation guide, “What Matters Most: Measuring Plans for Inclusive Security.” 2015-04-02 10.30 Thursday Talk on the Network for Peacebuilding Evaluation on DME for Peace from DME for Peace […]

Creating an Enabling Environment for Inclusion: The Role of Traditional Leadership

Posted by on April 6, 2015 in Afghanistan, National Action Plans
Creating an Enabling Environment for Inclusion: The Role of Traditional Leadership

Photo: Marius Arnesen National action plans (NAPs) are policy documents that articulate a government’s commitment to promote women’s inclusion in national security and peace processes. They outline a strategy to coordinate ministries, civil society organizations, and other relevant actors to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1325. We convened experts from Afghanistan, Bosnia, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, […]

Women, Peace, and Security in the New Congress: Strategies for Action (WEBINAR)

Posted by on March 25, 2015 in Uncategorized
Women, Peace, and Security in the New Congress: Strategies for Action (WEBINAR)

The US National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, passed by executive order in 2011, commits our government—from the president to his cabinet to missions around the world—to advancing women’s meaningful participation in peace and security processes. Progress in certain areas has been slow, but Congress can speed up implementation by supporting the Women, […]

Fear and Hope in Peshawar

Posted by on March 20, 2015 in Pakistan, Perspectives
Fear and Hope in Peshawar

This article, by Network member Bushra Hyder, originally appeared in The Weekly Wonk. Peshawar is my city. If you try to imagine what it’s like there, peace is probably the last thing you’d think of. Peshawar, Pakistan, which borders Afghanistan, is one of the most dangerous and unstable regions in the world. It’s where, late […]

US Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism Must Prioritize Women

Posted by on March 18, 2015 in Perspectives
US Approaches to Countering Violent Extremism Must Prioritize Women

This article originally appeared in The Weekly Wonk. “We announce our allegiance to the Caliph.” With those words, Abubakar Shekau—the leader of Boko Haram—reportedly acknowledged ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and made official a connection that many have observed growing during the last year between Boko Haram and the Islamic State. Boko Haram and the […]

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