Gender Symposia During Donor Conferences: A Model to Guarantee Women Leaders a Voice in Setting Priorities for Reconstruction (Updated)

Posted by Carla Koppell with Jacqueline O'Neill on July 1, 2010

Despite women’s central importance to reconstruction, they are regularly marginalized by the donor assistance pledging process. A gender symposium held in conjunction with an international donor conference can help provide women and civil society with a voice in reconstruction. In conjunction with recent donor conferences for Afghanistan, Liberia and Sudan, Inclusive Security organized gender symposia […]

Improving Liberia’s Transitional Justice Process by Engaging Women

Posted by Michelle Page on April 1, 2010

When women contribute, transitional justice efforts are more likely to address crimes of war. Women have knowledge of the dis­tinct, complex violations of rights women suffer that can significantly inform truth commission mandates, judicial opinions, reparations schemes, and proposals for policy reform. In Liberia, following the 2003 resolution of two decades of violent conflict, the […]

Supporting Women in Negotiations: A Model for Elevating their Voices and Reflecting Their Agenda in Peace Deals

Posted by Carla Koppell on October 1, 2009

Women are alarmingly underrepresented in negotiations. In 2009, the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) found in a review of 21 major peace processes held since 1992 that women were less than 8 percent of the delegates to talks and less than 3 percent of agreement signatories. This publication documents two of Inclusive Security’s consultative […]

Strategies for Policymakers: Bringing Women into Peace Negotiations

Posted by Michelle Page, Tobie Whitman, and Cecilia Anderson on October 1, 2009

As leaders in civil society, particularly during and following violent conflict, women are critical players in peace negotiations. In formal negotiations, they raise often-ignored political and social issues, ensure that the voices of victims and civilians are consistently heard, and build bridges among negotiating parties. They also have a solid record of successfully bringing together […]

The “Inspiration Day” Model: Fostering Women’s Leadership by Connecting National Leaders with Grassroots Candidates

Posted by The Institute for Inclusive Security on June 1, 2009

Research suggests that connecting experienced national women leaders with potential female candidates at the grassroots successfully encourages women to run for office. This publication documents Inclusive Security’s efforts in Liberia and Rwanda to enable established female elected officials to nurture the next generation of leaders by sharing their experiences, priorities, and strategies with local women.

Strategies for Policymakers: Bringing Women Into Government

Posted by Tobie Whitman and Jessica Gomez on March 1, 2009

Women bring important skills, attributes, and perspectives to the governance process. Few times offer policymakers as good an opportunity to increase the number of women participating in government as those windows immediately after conflicts. Those women who have successfully entered government have tended to build governance systems that are more stable and transparent, and more […]

Strengthening Post-Conflict Legislatures

Posted by Jessica Gomez and Carla Koppell on January 1, 2008

Productive, strong legislatures are central to healthy democracies in post-conflict countries, fostering political pluralism and acting as a check on the executive branch. Yet too often, following a conflict, parliaments are weakened by internal divisiveness, the limited experience and skill of members, staffing shortages, and an overwhelming legislative agenda. Increasing women’s representation in government can […]

Combating Gender-Based Violence

Posted by Jessica Gomez on January 1, 2008

Widespread gender-based violence is common during and after armed conflict. Often, this pattern corresponds to a deficiency in the institutional mechanisms and rule of law meant to prevent and punish such crimes. Because women legislators frequently spearhead efforts to address gender-based violence, increasing their roles in government can be instrumental to combating the problem. Part […]

Increasing Women’s Participation in Local Government

Posted by Jessica Gomez on January 1, 2008

Devolving authority from central to local authorities can enhance government’s legitimacy and increase its accountability to citizens. Moreover, the process of decentralization can facilitate the democratic participation of groups that are frequently marginalized within formal governing structures. Women are one such group, and their policy priorities often include the issues that affect their families’ daily […]

Promoting Male-Female Collaboration in Legislatures

Posted by Jessica Gomez with Carla Koppell on January 1, 2008

Women are capturing an increasing share of seats in post-conflict legislatures around the world. Evidence indicates that they are vital to ensuring that countries make necessary social investments in children’s and women’s rights, health care, and education; however, these lawmakers are more likely to succeed when they collaborate with male counterparts and when issues are […]

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