7 Myths Standing in the Way of Women’s Inclusion

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Perspectives | No Comments

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….” … Read more »

Secretary Clinton Announces Partnership in Support of Women, Peace, and Security

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 in Perspectives | No Comments
Secretary Clinton Announces Partnership in Support of Women, Peace, and Security

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 »

Women Peacebuilders Reflect, Connect, and Act

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Perspectives | No Comments

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.[1] Women … Read more »

Can Women Stop War?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2014 in Perspectives | One Comment

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 »

Rebuilding Rwanda: Women in Politics

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Perspectives, Rwanda | No Comments

This post originally appeared on the Global Post. This is the third piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — Senator Jeanne d’Arc Gakuba hadn’t considered getting into politics until she shadowed a city councilman in Tucson, Arizona and watched local leaders in Louisiana coping with poverty and crime. It was 2000, and Gakuba had … Read more »

Rebuilding Rwanda: Women in the Private Sector

Posted by on Dec 26, 2013 in Perspectives, Rwanda | No Comments

This post originally appeared on the Global Post. This is the second piece in a five-part series. KIGALI, Rwanda — To shoot her portrait, we met Immy Kamarade at her petrol station. The photos are striking — Kamarade, in a pencil skirt and a black and white checked jacket, standing beneath a bright red rooftop … Read more »

Good News: There Are More Where She Came From!

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Perspectives | No Comments

After Sabrina Saqeb spoke at last weekend’s prestigious Halifax International Security Forum, she was swarmed by high-level participants. Representing militaries, governments, media, and more, they praised her thoughtful analysis and pragmatic suggestions. Dozens invited her to speak at their upcoming events, offering additional opportunities to share her refreshing, grounded, and largely unheard perspectives about a deeply … Read more »

National Action Plan M&E Toolkit Launched at UN Global Review

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Perspectives | No Comments

At the recent Global Review of UNSCR 1325, hosted by UN Women, I unveiled Resolution to Act’s newest resource: the National Action Plan (NAP) Monitoring and Evaluation Toolkit. Building on the efforts of UN Women and other key actors, the NAP Toolkit offers resources for stakeholders to evaluate NAP progress—and, more importantly, impact. Users can … Read more »

Strengthening Women Peacebuilders in South Asia

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Perspectives | No Comments

Over the past year and a half, Inclusive Security has held two highly successful, eight-day Training of Trainers workshops, to equip women leaders in South Asia to advocate for an increased role in peace and security decision making. In partnership with the UN Development Programme’s N-Peace Network—a regional initiative connecting 800 women leaders in Afghanistan, … Read more »

Options for an Inclusive Peace Process in Syria

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Middle East, Perspectives, Syria | No Comments

In June 2012, over one year after revolution erupted in Syria, international actors agreed on a set of principles for a Syrian-led transition to peace and democracy, including that “[a]ll groups and segments of society…must be enabled to participate.” But 16 months after this agreement was reached in Geneva, how has it factored into planning … Read more »

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