Inclusive Ceasefires: Women, Gender, and a Sustainable End to Violence

Posted by Olivia Holt-Ivry, Allison Muehlenbeck, and Michelle Barsa on March 21, 2017
Inclusive Ceasefires: Women, Gender, and a Sustainable End to Violence

Photo: Gregor Fischer/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images Traditional approaches to ending wars—where armed groups meet behind closed doors to hammer out a truce—are falling short in the face of 21st century conflicts. Belligerents increasingly target civilians, and global displacement from conflict, violence, and persecution has reached the highest level ever recorded. States that emerge from war also persistently relapse; […]

Inclusive Ceasefires: Women, Gender, and a Sustainable End to Violence

Posted by Michelle Barsa, Olivia Holt-Ivry, Allison Muehlenbeck on March 17, 2016
Inclusive Ceasefires: Women, Gender, and a Sustainable End to Violence

This paper was submitted to the International Studies Association’s 57th Annual Convention.  Traditional approaches to ending wars—where armed groups meet behind closed doors to hammer out a truce—are falling short in the face of 21st century conflicts. In 2014, the world experienced the highest battle-related death toll since the Cold War. Belligerents increasingly target civilians, and […]

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The Next 15 Years of Resolution 1325: Charting a Path Forward

Posted by Marie O'Reilly on December 22, 2015
The Next 15 Years of Resolution 1325: Charting a Path Forward

Since the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1325 on women, peace, and security in the year 2000, there have been both significant advancements and dramatic shortfalls in global efforts to advance women’s inclusion in preventing, resolving, and rebuilding from conflict. Against a backdrop of progress in international, regional, and national policies, how can key actors […]

Why Women? Inclusive Security and Peaceful Societies

Posted by Marie O'Reilly on October 19, 2015
Why Women? Inclusive Security and Peaceful Societies

Photo: Lai Seng Sin/AP Traditional approaches to ending wars—where armed groups meet behind closed doors to hammer out a truce—are falling short in the face of 21st century conflicts. The number of armed conflicts has been increasing over the past decade. In 2014 the world witnessed the highest battle-related death toll since the Cold War.1 […]

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 […]

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Building More Inclusive Political Transitions: A Review of the Syrian Case

Posted by Inclusive Security, International Civil Society Action Network, and Nonviolent Peaceforce on September 21, 2013

On July 18-19, 2013, Inclusive Security, International Civil Society Action Network, and Nonviolent Peaceforce co-hosted a discussion with representatives from diverse sectors. The objective was to outline concrete options for ensuring meaningful inclusion of Syrian civil society in negotiations to end the war. This report summarizes the key discussions of that meeting, including what makes […]

Nine Models for Inclusion of Civil Society in Peace Processes

Posted by Kristin Williams on July 21, 2013

Prepared as a background paper for “Building More Inclusive Political Transitions: A Review of the Syrian Case,” this memo summarizes nine case studies of civil society participation in peace processes. The models range from direct representation at the table to non-binding advisory bodies and from official negotiations to informal Track II dialogues. Each example is […]

7 Myths Standing in the Way of Women’s Inclusion

Posted by Alice Nderitu and Jacqueline O'Neill on June 11, 2013

In this official background paper for the 2013 Oslo Forum, Inclusive Security’s Director, Jacqueline O’Neill, and Kenyan Women Waging Peace Network member, Alice Nderitu, argue that meaningful inclusion of women in peace processes is in the best interest of mediators. They present and debunk seven common misconceptions that prevent mediators from capitalizing on the benefits […]

An Inclusive Peace Process for the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Posted by Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, PhD, and Yasmina Mrabet with The Institute for Inclusive Security on February 1, 2012

The long-standing structure for negotiations within the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has involved a limited number of high-level officials. Civil society actors, who are often among the most committed to ending the con­flict, have thus been unable to share their perspectives on the core issues and help build societal support for the outcomes. Given the ongoing conflict […]

Summary of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace, and Security

Posted by The Institute for Inclusive Security on June 1, 2011

Despite five separate UNSCRs on women, peace, and security, and the dedicated efforts of international agencies, civil society actors, and governments, courageous women peace builders still face legal, cultural and traditional discrimination. This guide is designed to help advocates efficiently leverage UNSCRs 1325, 1889, 1820, 1888, and 1960.

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