VIDEO: The Role of Women in Global Stability

VIDEO: The Role of Women in Global Stability

This interview, by Vago Muradian, originally appeared on Defense & Aerospace Report.  Inclusive Security’s Director, Jacqueline O’Neill, discusses the role of women in global stability with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian at the “2016 Halifax International Security Forum” in Canada.

Women in Armed Groups Are More Than Just an Exotic Novelty

Women in Armed Groups Are More Than Just an Exotic Novelty

This article was originally published by Global Post. Open your favorite fashion magazine these days and you may see an unfamiliar sight: women in uniform, holding automatic weapons. Strangely glam portraits of fierce female warriors have recently proliferated. To most, they seem novel, out of the ordinary. But the truth is that women have taken […]

VIDEO: “How Female FARC Fighters Could Be The Key To Peace In Colombia”

VIDEO: “How Female FARC Fighters Could Be The Key To Peace In Colombia”

The Colombian civil war is winding down after more than 50 years and 222,000 casualties. How will the country help 8,000 guerrilla fighters transition back into civilian life? A key step will be ensuring that female combatants—who make up 30-40% of the FARC armed forces—are meaningfully integrated in the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration process. In […]

Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?

Are Women the Key to Peace in Colombia?

This article was originally published by Foreign Policy. After 50-plus years, 222,000 deaths, $9 billion in U.S. aid, and 34 rounds of negotiations, one of the world’s longest civil wars might finally be nearing its end. The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym FARC) have agreed to […]

Engaging Women in Disarmament, Demobilizaton, and Reintegration (DDR): Insights for Colombia

Posted by Jacqueline O’Neill on March 31, 2015

As the Colombian government and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) negotiate terms to end more than a half century of violence, a crucial issue is the future of the FARC’s 8,000 combatants, close to 40% of whom are female. For a peace agreement to result in enduring stability, former combatants must be meaningfully […]

Women Must Help Build the Systems

As a member of a Libyan delegation to Washington, DC, in late February 2012, Amina Megheirbi spoke to policymakers about the need for women to be involved in the sweeping changes her nation faces. She speaks about including women in drafting the new constitution, reforming the security sector, and disarming and reintegrating  revolutionaries.

Afghan Women’s Recommendations – International Conference on Afghanistan in Bonn

In November 2011, the Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) consulted 500 women leaders representing 500,000 women from more than 20 provinces of Afghanistan. Their recommendations and perspectives on issues of national and international interest are incorporated in this Declaration. This Consultation was the culmination of AWN’s yearlong mobilization and advocacy campaign for women’s inclusion during the […]

Recommendations on Afghanistan’s Reconciliation, Reintegration, and Transition Processes

Posted by The Institute for Inclusive Security and Afghan Women's Network on June 1, 2011

From June 9 – 16, 2011, the Afghan Women’s Network and The Institute for Inclusive Security convened a regionally diverse delegation of 11 Afghan women leaders in Washington, DC. Delegates included civil society leaders from Kabul and conflict-affected provinces, a parliamentarian, the gender advisor to the High Peace Council Secretariat, and a journalist. Drawing on […]

Allies and Assets: Strengthening DDR and SSR Through Women’s Inclusion

Posted by Jacqueline O'Neill and Jarad Vary on January 1, 2011

This chapter in Monopoly of Force: The Nexus of DDR and SSR examines the challenges stemming from a lack of women’s inclusion in peace processes and post-conflict reconstruction. Explaining why and how women have traditionally been excluded from negotiations, disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration (DDR), and security sector reform (SSR), O’Neill and Vary highlight the main […]

Inclusive Security: A Curriculum for Women Waging Peace

Published in 2009, Inclusive Security: A Curriculum for Women Waging Peace is a resource for policymakers and practitioners who want to better include women in peace processes. This unique tool draws on more than a decade of original research and training by The Institute for Inclusive Security and accomplished women peace builders from areas including […]

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