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 […]
Mossarat Qadeem saves not only individual lives; she saves families. Working directly with mothers of radicalized youths, and using her detailed knowledge of the Quran, she rescues young men—including potential suicide bombers—who are being exploited by extremists. In this video, she discusses her innovative approach.
After Kenya’s contested presidential election erupted into ethnic violence in 2008, Alice Nderitu created the Uwiano Platform for Peace, a conflict prevention agency that encourages citizens to report warning signs of violence via their mobile phones. “In 2008, people had seen the violence coming,” she says, “but they didn’t know who to tell.” Uwiano focused […]
With global conflict on the rise and record numbers of refugees fleeing violence in their communities, the world can seem more dangerous than ever. Yet there are countless rays of hope. The nine women below—who recently attended Inclusive Security’s annual colloquium—are just a few examples of those risking their lives and livelihoods to forge a […]
From Colombia to Syria, women are at the frontlines of preventing conflict, negotiating ceasefires, and helping their countries rebuild after war. Defying death threats and armed groups, they are bringing much-needed security to their communities. For the 18th annual forum in this “Inclusive Security” series, senior government and civil society leaders described how they forge […]
This interview, by Vago Muradian, originally appeared on Defense & Aerospace Report. Inclusive Security’s Director, Jacqueline O’Neill, discusses the role of women in global stability with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the “2016 Halifax International Security Forum” in Canada.
The US House of Representatives took a giant bipartisan step toward involving women in peace and security by passing legislation to make inclusive security a core component of US foreign policy. The chamber today adopted the Women, Peace, and Security Act on a voice vote. The measure now moves to the Senate. During a Foreign […]