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Inclusion Riders for War and Peace

Posted by on April 27, 2018
Inclusion Riders for War and Peace

At the 2018 Academy Awards, Oscar winner Frances McDormand explained in two words how movies can be more diverse: inclusion riders. These contractual provisions allow film industry leaders to demand a more representative cast and crew. This approach is one worth considering well outside of Hollywood—including in the context of ending war and building peace. […]

Nine Things You Need to Know About the Women, Peace, and Security Act

Posted by on October 12, 2017
Nine Things You Need to Know About the Women, Peace, and Security Act

The United States government has taken an enormous step toward involving women as decision-makers on matters of war and peace. In recent months, both chambers of the US Congress approved the Women, Peace, and Security Act of 2017. President Trump signed it into law on Oct. 6. With this action, the federal government has made […]

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The Women, Peace, and Security Act on the Brink of Becoming Law

Posted by on October 5, 2017
The Women, Peace, and Security Act on the Brink of Becoming Law

The Women, Peace, and Security Act—which will enhance global security by strengthening women’s participation in peace negotiations and conflict prevention—is now on the brink of becoming law! For five years, we’ve worked with some incredible people to raise awareness about the issue, advocate for legislation, and see it passed through both houses of Congress. One of those people is Allison Peters, our former […]

Colombia’s Inclusive Peace Deal is at Risk

Posted by on October 17, 2016
Colombia’s Inclusive Peace Deal is at Risk

This article was originally published by the Council on Foreign Relations. When Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos awoke to news that he’d won the Nobel Peace Prize, he dedicated it to the millions of victims of Colombia’s fifty-two-year-long conflict. He chose also to share it with the many who work for peace. That includes Colombian […]

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7 Rules for Avoiding All-Male Panels

Posted by on March 8, 2016
7 Rules for Avoiding All-Male Panels

This article was originally published by Foreign Policy. Tuesday is International Women’s Day, which means that in conference rooms and auditoriums across the globe, panels of predominantly female experts will tackle pressing issues. It’s a refreshing picture, to be sure. But we shouldn’t have to designate a date to get women on stage. In most […]

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

Posted by on April 24, 2015
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 […]

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Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?

Posted by on April 20, 2015
Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?

This article was originally published by Foreign Policy. 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 […]

7 Myths Standing in the Way of Women’s Inclusion

Posted by on March 4, 2014

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….” […]

Good News: There Are More Where She Came From!

Posted by on November 26, 2013

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 […]

VIDEO: Sudanese Women Rise and Dance

Posted by on July 15, 2013

If you can invest 12 minutes to warm your heart, watch this incredible video featuring several of our Women Waging Peace Network members from Sudan. It’s part of the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women around the world. The four key women speaking are longtime Network members and part of our coalition […]

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