Isabella Sargsyan • Gender Focal Point • Armenia
"Conflict prevention is an underestimated component of peaceful conflict transformation in the South Caucasus. However, the recent escalation of conflict at the Armenia-Azerbaijan line of contact attracted attention of both local civil society and international community to the importance of conflict prevention. In our region women are very much involved in spheres of education, civic activism and civil participation which makes them instrumental in processes of conflict prevention on both local and regional levels. Although there is a small number of women in decision making positions, bodies of local governance and Parliaments, women are dominant in pre-school institutions, schools, NGOs and civic movements across Caucasus. I believe that by empowering these grass-roots women, it is possible to strengthen mechanisms of conflict prevention."
"Women are half of every community and the tasks of peacebuilding are so great, women and men must be partners in the process of peacebuilding.
Visaka Dharmadasa • Gender Focal Point • Sri Lanka