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

Posted by on Apr 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 Apr 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, […]

The Five Most Important Insights Hidden In This State Department Report

Posted by on Apr 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 […]

Fear and Hope in Peshawar

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

This article also appeared in Pacific Standard. “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 Islamic […]

Network Member Responds to New York Times Article on Afghan Policewomen

Network Member Responds to New York Times Article on Afghan Policewomen

On Sunday, March 1, The New York Times published “Afghan Policewomen Struggle Against Culture.” Women Waging Peace Network member Wazhma Frogh, who does public outreach, education, and youth engagement in support of female police in Afghanistan, wrote the following response: Greetings from snowy and chilly Afghanistan. Avalanches covered nearly 20 provinces in the past few weeks, taking many precious […]

The Power of Libya’s Female Arms Dealers

The Power of Libya’s Female Arms Dealers

This article, by Network member Alaa Murabit, was originally posted on The Weekly Wonk. I am an arms dealer in Libya, but my weapons reduce violence and last longer than a bullet. As the founder of the Voice of Libyan Women (VLW), a women’s rights organization focused on peace and security, the tools I use […]

Meet the Iraqi Woman Addressing the UN Security Council Tomorrow

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Middle East, Perspectives
Meet the Iraqi Woman Addressing the UN Security Council Tomorrow

In 2007, at the height of the Iraq War troop surge, Suaad Allami opened the country’s first all-female legal clinic in her hometown of Sadr City, one of the poorest Baghdad suburbs. Since then, in addition to serving in local and provincial government, she’s continued to provide free legal services, medical care, and vocational training […]

Syrian Women Know How to Defeat ISIS

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in Middle East, Perspectives, Syria
Syrian Women Know How to Defeat ISIS

This article by Michelle Barsa and Kristin Williams originally appeared on The Weekly Wonk. *Note: Names and identifying details of Syrian activists referenced in this article are withheld to ensure their safety. To the Islamic State, Syrian women are slaves. To much of the rest of the world, they are victims. It’s time we expose […]

5 Ways to Enhance Women’s Political Leadership in Africa

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Perspectives
5 Ways to Enhance Women’s Political Leadership in Africa

Since being elected president of Liberia in 2005, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has led the reconciling and rebuilding of her war-torn country. International and national actors can do more to enable women like her to ascend to high political office throughout Africa. At a recent Wilson Center event, Rhoda Osei-Afful of the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development […]

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