When Only Men Sit at the Negotiating Table, Ceasefires Fall Apart

Posted by on August 27, 2018
When Only Men Sit at the Negotiating Table, Ceasefires Fall Apart

In recent decades, a growing body of research has shown that when women’s groups are able to meaningfully influence peace processes, the resulting agreements are stronger and more likely to last.In recent decades, a growing body of research has shown that when women’s groups are able to meaningfully influence peace processes, the resulting agreements are […]

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Mind The Gender Capability Gap

Posted by on July 9, 2018
Mind The Gender Capability Gap

It’s a strategic blind spot for the Pentagon, but gender and warfare are inextricably intertwined. Let’s train our forces to face that. In 2009, frustrated that several male insurgents had escaped a cordoned area by disguising themselves as Afghan women in burqas, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Pottinger established the first U.S. Female Engagement Team […]

Three Lessons From the Women Who Rebuilt Tunisia’s Constitution

Posted by on May 10, 2018
Three Lessons From the Women Who Rebuilt Tunisia’s Constitution

Constitution-reform processes provide states and citizens a rare opportunity to define a new vision for a country. They can chart a route out of conflict toward a more equitable and just society. But this bright horizon is too often unrealized, hampered by the fact that women make up only 19 percent of constituent assemblies in countries […]

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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. […]

Women, Peace, and Security at the Domestic Level

Posted by on April 26, 2018
Women, Peace, and Security at the Domestic Level

Another chemical weapons attack in Syria, a caravan of Central American migrants fleeing conflict — these stories not only dominate our news, but also reinforce existing American perceptions that conflict happens abroad, not here at home. Thanks to the Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) Act, which Congress passed in October of last year, the United States is […]

Five Strategies for Increasing Women’s Influence in Constitution Making

Posted by on April 26, 2018
Five Strategies for Increasing Women’s Influence in Constitution Making

By Nanako Tamaru Women’s participation in peace and security processes is vital for lasting peace. This message has been echoed again and again by the international community and expressed through UN Security Council Resolutions, the Sustainable Development Goals, and countless other declarations and strategic plans. Yet, despite this global consensus, women have remained marginalized in […]

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 […]

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