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; […]

Sudanese Women Advocate for Inclusive and Effective Peace Process

Posted by Sudan Taskforce on the Engagement of Women on January 30, 2017
Sudanese Women Advocate for Inclusive and Effective Peace Process

In January 2017, the Sudan Taskforce on the Engagement of Women and other women leaders came together during the African Union Summit to advocate for a more inclusive and effective peace process. Their goals were to identify the root causes of conflict, analyze the current deadlocks, and determine concrete recommendations on how to move the […]

Designing Inclusive Strategies for Sustainable Security: Results-Oriented National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security

Posted by Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Inclusive Security on January 20, 2017
Designing Inclusive Strategies for Sustainable Security: Results-Oriented National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security

Photo: OSCE/Bradley Murray  This publication captures lessons learned during the September 2016 OSCE National Action Plan (NAP) Academy held in Vienna, Austria and is a result of the participants’ request for realistic examples of high-impact NAP designs. The purpose of NAP Academies is to bring together practitioners from diverse contexts to share their experiences in […]

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 […]

Progress Toward Inclusive Security: Recommendations for the New Administration

Posted by Allison Peters, Angelic Young, and Olivia Holt-Ivry on October 1, 2016
Progress Toward Inclusive Security: Recommendations for the New Administration

In the face of complex global threats, from terrorism to resource scarcity, the US must expand its foreign policy toolbox. A growing body of evidence demonstrates that inclusion of women improves peace and security outcomes. When women participate in negotiations to end war, agreements last longer. When they serve in police forces, countries are better […]

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 […]

Recommendations for Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Pakistan

Posted by Pakistan Workshop Participants on August 18, 2016
Recommendations for Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism in Pakistan

Over the course of 18 months, Inclusive Security facilitated a series of workshops with 20 Pakistani policewomen, civil society leaders, and parliamentarians to advance women’s inclusion in the country’s efforts to counter violent extremism. In July 2016, this multi-sectoral group of women leaders developed policy recommendations for relevant international and national stakeholders focused on achieving […]

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 […]

From Policy to Action: Advancing an Integrated Approach to Women and Countering Violent Extremism

Posted by Rafia Bhulai and Christina Nemr of the Global Center on Cooperative Security, and Allison Peters of Inclusive Security on June 27, 2016
From Policy to Action: Advancing an Integrated Approach to Women and Countering Violent Extremism

Women and women-led organizations have worked globally, through formal and informal channels, to resolve conflicts, build peace, promote development, and strengthen security sectors. These powerful roles were formally recognized more than 15 years ago with the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and follow-on resolutions. Experts and practitioners working to advance women’s inclusion in peace and security processes—a practice referred to as […]

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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