The Crucial Role of Women as Peacemakers

Posted by on March 12, 2018
The Crucial Role of Women as Peacemakers

A number of years ago, Ambassador Swanee Hunt was invited to speak at a conference in Kigali, Rwanda. The topic was women building peace in Africa, and women from all over the continent attended. She was invited to speak at the time about her involvement in the women’s movement here in the United States. “I […]

Rising Because They Have To

Posted by on March 8, 2018
Rising Because They Have To

In 1994, Rwanda lost a huge portion of its male population when the ruling Hutu government murdered 500,000 to 1 million of its citizens, including an estimated 77 percent of the Tutsi population. The genocide left an enormous void, widened by the number of Rwandans who had fled or been imprisoned — and women stepped up […]

What Women Bring to the Constitution-Writing Table

Posted by on March 8, 2018
What Women Bring to the Constitution-Writing Table

When social norms are upended by violence—including relations between women and men—constitution reform presents an opportunity to transform power dynamics in a society. Rewriting a country’s constitution is a frequent step on the path toward peace, and is a particularly important entry point for women to address their historic marginalization and have a say in […]

The Women, Peace, and Security Act: A Rare Milestone

Posted by on March 6, 2018
The Women, Peace, and Security Act: A Rare Milestone

With International Women’s Day approaching on March 8th, it’s fitting to take note of one of the few hopeful moments in American politics this past year: The enactment of the Women, Peace and Security Act of 2017 was a quiet bipartisan landmark, the culmination of more than two decades of relentless advocacy to involve women in decisions […]

Women Write Better Constitutions

Posted by on February 23, 2018
Women Write Better Constitutions

Even as fighting rages in Eastern Ghouta, Syrians on different sides of the conflict are trying to come together to write a new constitution. The vast majority of those involved in these negotiations are men. But fresh research tells us why their chances of success will be far greater if the drafting process includes Syria’s […]

How to Include Women in the Peace and Security Agenda

Posted by on November 28, 2017
How to Include Women in the Peace and Security Agenda

Inclusive Security has released a guide to implementing U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 through national action plans. Miki Jacevic and Olivia Holt-Ivry explain what they learned through the process. It has been 15 years since the United Nations began urging countries to adopt plans of action to apply Security Council Resolution 1325. Adopted in 2000, the resolution was a […]

This Veteran’s Day, Celebrate the Women Who’ve Served

Posted by on November 10, 2017
This Veteran’s Day, Celebrate the Women Who’ve Served

Veteran’s Day is a time to give our thanks to current and former members of the US armed forces. That includes women, who joined up in disguise during the American Revolution and today serve openly in every branch. Join us in celebrating all they’ve achieved. In America’s early days, women defied expectations to serve their […]

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Women’s Representation in the US?

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About Women’s Representation in the US?

The struggle for women’s equal representation in the US has been a long one. From the first female presidential candidate in 1872 to the lifting of the combat ban for women in 2013, there have been persistent barriers—and persistent women fighting to overcome them. How much do you know about the current state of women’s representation in US politics, business, and more? Take our quiz to find out!

What One Rwandan Political Leader Learned from Listening to the Grassroots

Posted by on October 11, 2017
What One Rwandan Political Leader Learned from Listening to the Grassroots

The following text was excerpted from Ambassador Hunt’s latest book, Rwandan Women Rising. Aloisea Inyumba was twenty-nine when, right after the Rwandan genocide, she took the helm of the Ministry of Women and Family Promotion, as it was known under the emerging government in 1994. Her reputation for honesty and frugality as she handled the […]

How One Woman Walked Into the Forest and Helped Reconcile Her Country

Posted by on October 11, 2017
How One Woman Walked Into the Forest and Helped Reconcile Her Country

The following is an edited excerpt from Rwandan Women Rising by our founder Swanee Hunt. Buy it here. “From the time I left the camp until 2003, I wasn’t even sure if he was still alive. I lived like a widow,” Anne Marie Musabyemungu says of her husband. She was working for the Rwandan social […]

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