Syrian Women Know How to Defeat ISIS

Posted by on October 17, 2014
Syrian Women Know How to Defeat ISIS

This article, co-authored by Michelle Barsa and Kristin Williams, was originally published by The Weekly Wonk and syndicated by TIME. *Note: Names and identifying details of Syrian activists referenced in this article are withheld to ensure their safety. To the Islamic State, Syrian women are slaves. To much of the rest of the world, they […]

Congress Takes Action for Women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria

Congress Takes Action for Women in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Syria

Delegates from Pakistan stand in front of the US Capitol building with Inclusive Security’s Founder and Chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, after delivering their recommendations on countering violent extremism to members of Congress in April 2014. The women advocated for prioritizing the recruitment and retention of women in Pakistan’s police force, a provision now included in […]

10 Ways Syrian Women Are Building Peace and Democracy

Posted by on February 21, 2014
10 Ways Syrian Women Are Building Peace and Democracy

This article was originally published by Conflict Perspectives. They move carefully between constantly changing checkpoints, where they’re often harassed. Extremists have been known to target female activists—beating them for not dressing conservatively enough. Or they may be detained. It happens frequently, especially if their activities are known to the government authorities. Even if not directly […]

Can the World’s Women Save Syria?

Posted by on February 17, 2014
Can the World’s Women Save Syria?

This article was written by Danielle Shapiro and originally published by The Daily Beast. She is known only as “Delegate Three” and her remarks to the world were simple. “If your countries are keen on achieving peace in Syria,” she said to the United Nations Security Council during a closed session last month known as an Arria Formula […]

VIDEO: Why We Need More Women at the Syria Peace Talks

Posted by on February 12, 2014

Inclusive Security Action’s Michelle Barsa outlines how Syrian women are involved in the ongoing peace talks and why their participation is so critical.

The Women of the Syria Peace Talks

Posted by on February 6, 2014

In the lead-up to the Geneva II negotiations, Syrian activists, local and international organizations, the UN, and various foreign governments made a clear demand: Women must be at the table. During the first round of talks in late January, both the regime and opposition delegations heeded that call, to differing extents. Below, we’ve documented what we know […]

Why We Need More Women at the Syria Peace Talks

Posted by on February 6, 2014

Inclusive Security Action’s Michelle Barsa outlines how Syrian women are involved in the ongoing peace talks and why their participation is so critical.

Survey Report: Syria Peace Talks Fail to Engage Women

Posted by on January 22, 2014

Today the US, Russia, and close to 40 other countries have assembled to discuss an end to three years of bloodshed in Syria. If all goes well, the regime and opposition delegations will begin negotiations on Friday. But who will be at the table? Without inclusion “there will be no space for democracy in this […]

Perspectives on the Peace Process: A Survey of Syrian Women

Posted by Kristin Williams on January 22, 2014

From July to September 2013, The Institute for Inclusive Security and the Center for Civil Society and Democracy in Syria surveyed 110 women activists living and working inside Syria. This report describes their views on international efforts to broker peace, including their overwhelming support for a broadly inclusive negotiations process. It also documents the range […]

Options for an Inclusive Peace Process in Syria

Posted by on October 25, 2013

In June 2012, over one year after revolution erupted in Syria, international actors agreed on a set of principles for a Syrian-led transition to peace and democracy, including that “[a]ll groups and segments of society…must be enabled to participate.” But 16 months after this agreement was reached in Geneva, how has it factored into planning […]

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