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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 Download the Publication 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 […]

VIDEO: When Her Son Went Missing in Action, She Reached Out to the Enemy

Posted by on March 2, 2017
VIDEO: When Her Son Went Missing in Action, She Reached Out to the Enemy

After her second son—a Sri Lankan military officer—went missing in action, Visaka Dharmadasa founded the Association of War Affected Women and Parents of Servicemen Missing in Action. As she puts it: “The war was at my doorstep.” In this video, she tells the story of how she and other women went to rebel territory for […]

Getting to a Sustainable Ceasefire in Syria – What We Know

Posted by on September 16, 2016
Getting to a Sustainable Ceasefire in Syria – What We Know

Update: As of September 20, the cessation of hostilities agreement was broken, following an attack on a humanitarian aid convoy. Five and a half years into the Syrian civil war, the US and Russia have brokered the country’s second cessation of hostilities (CoH), temporarily stopping the bloodshed and allowing desperately needed humanitarian aid to enter […]

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 […]

Inclusive Ceasefires: Paper Presented at the International Studies Association’s 57th Annual Convention

Posted by Michelle Barsa, Olivia Holt-Ivry, Allison Muehlenbeck on March 17, 2016
Inclusive Ceasefires: Paper Presented at the International Studies Association’s 57th Annual Convention

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 […]

Syrian Women Still Fighting for Ceasefire in Zabadani

Posted by on September 17, 2015
Syrian Women Still Fighting for Ceasefire in Zabadani

We recently wrote about 470 brave Syrian women who risked their lives to publicly sign a statement demanding an end to the siege of their city, Zabadani. For the past few months, citizens of Zabadani have been relentlessly attacked with airstrikes and barrel bombs, unable to leave or to receive aid. New York Times columnist […]

Syrian Women Demand End to Siege of Zabadani

Posted by on August 24, 2015
Syrian Women Demand End to Siege of Zabadani

No corner of Syria has been untouched by the violence that has consumed the country for the past four years. The city of Zabadani is no exception. Located close to the border with Lebanon, Zabadani is geographically strategic due to its position on the highway connecting Damascus and Beirut. Since July 2015, the Syrian army […]

Why This Photo Is So Significant

Why This Photo Is So Significant

This press photo from the recent draft ceasefire agreement in Myanmar is striking. It looks familiar: two men in suits, shaking hands. Yet standing right behind them is a less familiar sight: two women, watching over the historic deal they helped make possible. What a world we’d live in if more photos looked like this. […]

Taskforce for the Engagement of Women in Sudan and South Sudan: Statement and Recommendations

Posted by Taskforce for the Engagement of Women in Sudan and South Sudan on February 19, 2014

In late January 2014, 20 peacebuilders from Sudan and South Sudan (one man and 19 women), convened in Addis Ababa to discuss the ongoing conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan. These recommendations address gaps and/or deficiencies in the previously negotiated Cessation of Hostilities between South Sudan and opposition forces, the humanitarian response, and the peace […]

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’ […]