We Are Not Helpless: Addressing Structural Gender Inequality in Post-Conflict Societies

Posted by Valerie M. Hudson, Donna Lee Bowen, and Perpetua Lynne Nielsen on March 16, 2016
We Are Not Helpless: Addressing Structural Gender Inequality in Post-Conflict Societies

This article is from the “Women, peace, and inclusive security” edition of PRISM—a top defense and security studies journal—which was co-produced by Inclusive Security and the National Defense University. Read the full issue. The causes of state fragility are of pressing concern to U.S. foreign policymakers. The concept of state fragility denotes “a fundamental failure […]

South Sudanese and Sudanese Women Advocate to Opposition Leaders, Government

South Sudanese and Sudanese Women Advocate to Opposition Leaders, Government

I recently joined fellow members of the Taskforce on the Engagement of Women in Sudan and South Sudan to meet with government officials, opposition leaders, international policymakers, and other advocacy groups to push for women’s inclusion in peace processes in both countries. This is the third year we have advocated to leaders at the African […]

Investing In African Women In Times of Peace

Investing In African Women In Times of Peace

Women often take on different social, political, and economic responsibilities during the upheaval of war. In some cases, after violence ends, they maintain these new roles and claim a larger space in public life. Take Rwanda, for example. In the 20 years after the genocide, women rose to positions of influence. The country currently ranks […]

Ensuring Inclusion in Sudan’s National Dialogue

Posted by Taskforce for the Engagement of Women in Sudan and South Sudan on November 15, 2014

In November 2014, Sudanese women wrote this position paper on how to ensure inclusion in Sudan’s National Dialogue. These recommendations were a direct response to a request from Thabo Mbeki, former president of South Africa and Chair of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel responsible for facilitating the process. The paper suggests specific structural […]

Recommendations on Women’s Inclusion in the Afghan Peace Process

Posted by Afghan Women's Network on July 9, 2014

In April 2014, 21 members of the Afghan Women’s Network gathered to discuss how to advance women’s inclusion in the Afghanistan Peace and Reintegration Program. They returned to their provinces to consult women in their communities and provincial-level decision makers on the issue. In June, they reunited to create these recommendations for national and international […]

Women in Post-genocide Rwanda Have Helped Heal Their Country

Posted by on April 4, 2014
Women in Post-genocide Rwanda Have Helped Heal Their Country

This article, co-authored by Swanee Hunt and Laura Heaton, was originally published by National Geographic. Crowds of police officers and nurses converged in a room painted with bright alphabet letters at a hospital in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali. A plush frog and a couple of dolls with Afros lay on the table, props that might be […]

Two Decades After Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Made the Nation Thrive

Two Decades After Genocide, Rwanda’s Women Have Made the Nation Thrive

This article was originally published by The Daily Beast. Rwanda has the highest percentage of women appointed to government in the world. Women account for 64 percent of its parliament. (In comparison, America ranks 83rd with 18 percent.) This is the same country that 20 years ago was in the throes of a genocide that […]

The Rise of Rwanda’s Women

Posted by on March 30, 2014
The Rise of Rwanda’s Women

A new article, “The Rise of Rwanda’s Women,” by Inclusive Security founder and Chair Ambassador Swanee Hunt was published today on the Foreign Affairs website. The article will also appear in the May-June print edition.  Over the last 15 years, Amb. Hunt and Inclusive Security staff have worked alongside Rwandan women leaders advancing peace and security. […]

VIDEO: Empowering Women in Afghanistan Post-2014

This post originally appeared on the website for Women’s Action for New Directions. On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, WAND hosted Michelle Barsa of Inclusive Security Action for a webinar called “Empowering Women in Afghanistan: Post-2014 and the Afghan Elections,” discussing the current political and economic status of women in Afghanistan, how they will be impacted […]

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