Inclusive Security, Sustainable Peace: A Toolkit for Advocacy and Action is a resource for women peacebuilders and practitioners to effectively promote peace and security. Inclusive Security and International Alert collaborated to publish the toolkit in November 2004. Directed to women peacebuilders and the policy community, the toolkit outlines the components of peacebuilding from conflict prevention to post-conflict reconstruction and highlights the role that women play in each phase.

In 2007, Inclusive Security released an update to the toolkit with the goal of illustrating the toolkit’s concepts with new developments that occurred after its original publication. The update is a complement to, not a substitute for, the toolkit.

The main goals of the Toolkit are to:

  • provide an overview of critical information and strategies for addressing key peace and security issues;
  • bridge the divide between the realities of peace activists in conflict, post-conflict, and transition areas, and the international practitioners and policymakers responsible for designing and implementing programs in these contexts;
  • present issues in a user-friendly manner and demystify the “policy speak” and terminology used by the international community;
  • describe how women are affected by and contribute to peacemaking, peacebuilding, and security processes; and
  • highlight practical examples of women’s contributions and offer concrete, feasible steps for fostering their empowerment.

A key measure of our success will be the extent to which activists, policymakers, and others use, develop, and take ownership of this resource.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction, page 25
    • Acknowledgements, page 28
    • User Guide, page 29
    • The Conceptual Framework: Security, Peace, Accountability and Rights, page 31
    • Key International Policies and Legal Mechanisms: Women’s Rights in the Context of Peace and Security, page 41
    • Human Rights, page 54
  • Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Reconstruction, page 73
    • Conflict Prevention, page 75
    • Peace Negotiations and Agreements, page 90
    • Peace Support Operations, page 107
    • Post Conflict Reconstruction, page 125
  • Security Issues, page 145
    • Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration, page 147
    • Small Arms, Light Weapons and Landmines, page 157
    • Security Sector Reform, page 177
  • Justice, Governance and Civil Society, page 189
    • Transitional Justice and Reconciliation, page 191
    • Constitutional Rights and Legislation, page 206
    • Democracy and Governance, page 226
    • Civil Society, page 238
  • Protecting Vulnerable Groups, page 257
    • Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, page 259
    • Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Services, page 276
    • HIV/AIDS, page 290
    • Children’s Security, page 307
  • Appendix, page 325
    • List of Donors, page 327
    • Universal Declaration of Human Rights, page 332
    • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, page 336
    • United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, page 348