Congratulations to Michelle Bekkering on Her Appointment as First USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Women’s Empowerment
This statement is issued by coalition co-chairs Nora O’Connell, Associate Vice President for Public Policy & Advocacy, Save the Children, and Kristin Wells, Senior Director of Government Relations, CARE USA. The Big Ideas for Women and Girls Coalition applauds the appointment of Michelle Bekkering as the first Deputy Assistant Administrator for Women’s Empowerment in the […]
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 […]
The women of Rwanda are raising their voices. Rwandan Women Rising, a new book by Swanee Hunt, celebrates these women’s awe-inspiring achievements—and lets them explain in their own words how they changed their country and our world. These stories are ferocious yet ultimately courageous. The women do more than recall the horrors of the 1994 […]
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 […]
Picture this: It’s 2008 in Belfast. The Good Friday agreement was signed ten years ago, but—despite the months of thoughtful negotiation behind it—peace is falling apart. Catholics and Protestants still live in segregated neighborhoods. Young people go to school surrounded by students and teachers from the same backgrounds. Armed factions on both sides have refused […]
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 […]