From Global Promise to National Action: Advancing Women, Peace, and Security in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Philippines, Serbia, and Sierra Leone

Posted by Alexandra Amling and Marie O'Reilly on October 19, 2016
From Global Promise to National Action: Advancing Women, Peace, and Security in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Philippines, Serbia, and Sierra Leone

Executive Summary Since 2010, conflict and displacement around the globe have increased. Unlike traditional conflicts typified by inter-state military confrontations, today’s hybrid wars increasingly threaten civilians, and state-centric approaches to peacemaking frequently fall short. As new evidence links women’s participation in a variety of peace and security processes with greater likelihood of successful outcomes, international […]

Localization of Women, Peace, and Security Agenda: Case Study of Six Local Governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted by Kika Babic-Svetlin, Miki Jacevic, and Mariam Mansury on September 28, 2016
Localization of Women, Peace, and Security Agenda: Case Study of Six Local Governments in Bosnia and Herzegovina

High-impact national action plans on women, peace, and security (NAPs) require a clear, holistic understanding of how different societies define peace and security. By emphasizing human security, the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina has used the NAP as a platform to achieve meaningful change at the community level. The Plan has facilitated a move away […]

Women’s Inclusion in Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement

Posted by Allison Muehlenbeck of Inclusive Security and Julia Palmiano Federer of swisspeace on August 1, 2016
Women’s Inclusion in Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement

KEY FINDINGS The final text of Myanmar’s National Ceasefire Agreement included three important gender-related stipulations. A limited number of women participated formally in the ceasefire negotiations that culminated in October 2015. However, women played informal observer and support roles, which enabled them to share information with civil society about the process and content of the […]

Pakistani Women Moderating Extremism – A Coalition-Building Case Study

Posted by Sarah Chatellier on August 1, 2012

This working paper is meant to serve as a coalition-building case study for funders, peace practitioners, and organizations seeking to implement similar initiatives in conflict-affected environments. It provides an overview of the program’s design, its key phases, its impact, and lessons learned. The appendixes further elaborate on major challenges Inclusive Security faced throughout the program […]

Women’s Rights and Democracy: Peaceful Transformation in Iran

Posted by The Institute for Inclusive Security on May 1, 2006

Women in Iran are the driving force behind the country’s reform, as they establish a basis for transformation to democracy in spite of repression and discrimination. Women in government promote women’s rights by allocating funds for women’s empowerment, by working with civil society groups, and by organizing workshops and educational programs to spread awareness of […]

From Rhetoric to Reality: Afghan Women on the Agenda for Peace

Posted by Masuda Sultan on February 1, 2005

The Emergency Loya Jirga in Afghanistan in June 2002 began an advance in women’s rights. The new constitution adopted in December 2003 affirmed that women are equal to men; it also allocates 25 percent of seats in the lower house of parliament to women. The creation of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA) marked a […]

Women’s Contributions to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Posted by Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela on February 1, 2005

In 1994, in order to address apartheid-era human rights abuses, the country created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Two important goals of the TRC were to grant amnesty to perpetrators of human rights abuses who disclosed the atrocities they committed and to break the country’s cycle of violence. Women played vital roles in the […]

Naga Women Making a Difference: Peace Building in Northeastern India

Posted by Rita Manchanda on January 1, 2005

The end of fighting between the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (NSCN) and the Indian government exposed divisions within the NSCN and among Naga factions. Although it seemed that the ceasefire could not be sustained, Naga women began taking advantage of their position as respected mothers, stepping in to stop inter-factional violence. The Naga Mothers’ […]

Negotiating the Transition to Democracy and Reforming the Security Sector: The Vital Contributions of South African Women

Posted by Sanam Naraghi Anderlini with contributions by Camille Pampell Conaway on August 10, 2004

In October 2000, for the first time in its history, the UN Security Council acknowledged that women have a key role in promoting international stability by passing Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security. It called on all parties to ensure women’s participation in peace processes, from the prevention of conflict to negotiations and postwar […]

Women’s Participation in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)

Posted by Julie Mertus on July 1, 2004

Bosnian civil society groups have taken the lead in addressing needs not met by their state during its postwar reconstruction period. Women’s groups have spurred the creation of a war crimes court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), and have filled gaps in the court’s reconciliation processes. They pressed the court to […]

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