Inclusive Security has spent almost two decades championing women’s inclusion in some of the most difficult circumstances in the world. We have conducted hundreds of workshops and worked with women in dozens of countries to amplify their voices as critical actors in peace and security. With Advocacy for Inclusive Security, we are opening up our time-tested curriculum. […]
Women saved Rwanda after genocide, creating a model for lasting security in countries worldwide. How they did it, and the difference they’ve made, holds lessons for the US and countries around the world. In the spring of 1994, the tiny African nation was ripped apart, leaving nearly a million dead. After the violence subsided, Rwanda’s […]
The apparently ISIS-inspired attack, at a concert by Ariana Grande, whose fans are disproportionately young and female, has drawn heated argument about the roles gender and sexism play in terrorism. We want to move past the pundits to hear what terrorism scholars and impacted communities have to say. Today, Inclusive Security President Jacqueline O’Neill and […]
This article was originally published by World Policy Journal. In spring 1994, Rwanda was ripped apart by a genocide that left nearly a million dead. While news of the catastrophe reached all corners of the globe, the nation’s recovery and the key role of women are less often featured in the media. Swanee Hunt, former […]
Stella Sabiiti was a university student in 1976—newly married, with a baby on the way—when soldiers of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin kidnapped her from her dorm room. They tortured her for hours, accusing her of crimes she had not committed. She thought she was going to die. But instead, she looked the soldiers in the […]
This article, by Women Waging Peace Network member Idayat Hassan, was originally published by Insight on Conflict. The Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), popularly referred to as Boko Haram, has been waging a war against the Nigerian state for the past seven years. The insurgency has claimed over twenty thousand lives, displaced over […]
Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan grew up in volatile northern Kenya, the daughter of parents from two warring tribes. In 2005, sixty people, including dozens of children, were massacred in her hometown of Marsabit. In this video, she relates how government leaders ignored women’s warnings about impending violence.
During the Northern Ireland peace process, Monica McWilliams Williams co-founded the Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition and was elected as a delegate to the Multi-Party Peace Negotiations. In this video, she reflects on how women transformed the peace talks by reaching out to marginalized groups and raising issues critical for long-term reconciliation.
In response to a massacre of more than 500 women and children three miles from her home in central Nigeria, Pastor Esther Ibanga organized a march of Christian women for peace. The killing continued. So she reached out to a female Muslim leader, knowing that joint activity would be more powerful. In this video, she […]
After her second son—a Sri Lankan military officer—went missing in action, Visaka Dharmadasa founded the Association of War Affected Women and Parents of Servicemen Missing in Action. As she puts it: “The war was at my doorstep.” In this video, she tells the story of how she and other women went to rebel territory for […]