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Women and peace

  • Locations: Global
Issue

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.

Project partners
Social Change Initiative, Northern Ireland
Cyprus Academic Dialogue
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Cyprus Women's Core Coalition
Gender Advisory Team Cyprus
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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 exchangesassistance 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 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.  

Generally, low-power groups are much more successful in defending their interests if they build their power as a coalition. In light of this, the project’s national component has taken place in Cyprus across intergenerational, rural and urban, and class divides in order to build a broad-based coalition.   

Project Partners
Social Change Initiative, Northern Ireland

The Social Change Initiative works to secure progressive social change so that communities become fairer, more inclusive, and peaceful.

Cyprus Academic Dialogue

Cyprus Academic Dialogue groups academics and intellectuals together innovatively to contribute towards peace and confidence building measures.

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Cyprus Women's Core Coalition
Gender Advisory Team Cyprus

Gender Advisory Team Cyprus consists of women's rights practitioners and academics working on gender in Cyprus who share a commitment to equality and peace.

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