International agreements have been in place since 2000 to strengthen women’s inclusion in peace processes, yet women continue to be excluded from peace-building processes at all levels and their needs often go unaddressed.
How we are helping
Hosting learning exchanges between women peace activists from around the world to share good practices and coordinate advocacy.
About the project
This project coordinates advocacy and action through learning exchanges, assistance in coalition building, and enabling women’s access to policy platforms so that feminist perspectives on peace can be included in peace discussions. Although the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) has been in place since 2000 to strengthen women’s inclusion in peace processes, there has been little change in practice.
Learning exchanges curated by the Participatory Governance and Gender programme adhere to the principles of intersectional analysis. This means bringing together women peace builders from different ethnic and social backgrounds with a shared experience of exclusion from peace processes and combining their knowledge and experience.
At initial exchanges, the systemic barriers to the meaningful inclusion of women were identified by analysing the experiences of women who had been involved in peace processes or authorised to make decisions in peace negotiations. Strategies of how they had navigated the challenges of inclusion were shared. These conversations have also shed light on women’s perception of peace, which differs from the mainstream, militarised definition of national security.
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