Women's
Peacebuilding
Efforts 
 


Name three key areas that would support women's peacebuilding efforts in your country/region?

 

Saloni Singh • Nepal

Since Nepal is in a post-conflict period, the three major areas that would support women's peace building  efforts would be:

1. Special legal and social support to women in order to aid their reporting and  
    prosecuting of perpetrators of war crimes and human rights abuses committed during
    and after conflict;

2. Adopt constructive measures to guarantee women's socio-economic rights including
    employment, property ownership and inheritance during post-conflict reconstruction;

3. Support to conduct a gender-oriented budget analysis of humanitarian assistance
    and post-conflict reconstruction to ensure that women benefit directly from resources
    mobilized through multilateral and bilateral donors.

Visaka Dharmadasa • Sri Lanka

Not only in my county and region but also in the world we will have less armed conflicts if women are taken seriously, unfortunately still after 15 years of existence of UNSCR 1325 we still have an uphill task of making men take us seriously.

I do agree that there is a significant change of attitudes and practises due to UNSCR 1325, but we do have a long way to go. Mainly when it comes to conflict transformation women play a key role within the family and that is accepted, but women's' that unique skill is undermined when it comes to major conflicts.
 

So what should be done:

1. Recognize women who had played a crucial role globally and regionally
    as well locally in peacebuilding.

2. Create space for them to share and learn from others.

3. Encourage university/college students to hear their stories.

4. Carry out a comprehensive research and disseminate the findings widely.

 

Gender Liasion for GPPAC
Pacific Region
 (Fiji)
 

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls

"Availability of specific resources for
our network which was instrumental in the development and drafting of the Regional
Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security
to progress our work – this would also
include mentoring and participation
of young women."

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls 
• Fiji

1. Availability of specific resources
    for our network which was
    instrumental in the development
    and drafting of the Regional Action
    Plan on Women, Peace and
    Security
to progress our work –
    this would also include mentoring
    and participation of young women

2. In-country documentation,
    research and media and ICT
    platforms
 including the production
    of our annual Policy for Peace report

3. Resources to mobilize with innovative
    campaigns and policy advocacy.

Paula Banerjee • India

1. In most Indian states there is the
    Women's Commission. The 
    Women's Commission often actively
    support women's peace initiatives.

2. The academia is a place where there
    is wide spread support for women's
    peace initiatives.

3. All peace activists, refugee rights
    activists and supporters of justice

    support women's peace building
    initiatives.

See what our gender
experts are saying on:

>> Women Key to Conflict Prevention

>> Women and Education

>> Improving Access to Education

>> Women's Role in Conflict Prevention

Gyung Lan Jung
• South Korea

1. Women's exchanges between North
    and South Korea

2. Advocacy on UN 1325

3. Peace education

Sajida Abdulvahabova • Azerbaijan

1. Establish and fund UN Women
    offices
in Azerbaijan. Support the
    establishment of UN Women offices
    in every country in the South
    Caucasus region as a peace
    promoting instrument for the
    implementation of UNSCR 1325

2. Support capacity building for
    women's groups
to monitor UNSCR
    1325 and its components

3. Integrate UNSCR 1325 and 1820 into
    the analysis for country strategy
    papers in conflict and post-conflict
    countries, and include earmarked
    financial resources to support local
    women's organizations in
    implementing UNSCR1325.

Maja Vitas • Serbia

Women's approach to peacebuilding traditionally varies from men's thus support to women's peacebuilding efforts would imply support to different approaches to peacebuilding and conflict prevention than the mainstream ones. For example, various domestic and international actors are investing in the institutional reform connected to the EU accession processes and are giving incentive for participation of women in the military and police, previously a men-dominated domain, while disregarding the value of civilian peacebuilding and the necessity for peace education, previously female domain.

Bearing this in mind, along with the support of women's participation in armed forces, it is crucial to recognise the value and significance of civilian peacebuilding and especially peace education as fields to which women have contributed greatly and which represent the only continuous investment in the upbringing of future generations oriented towards peaceful conflict resolution.

Isabella Sargsyan • Armenia

Among three key areas, I would mention first and foremost the democratization of the country, including free and fair elections. There are very few women represented at key positions both in the Parliament and Executive, they are also few in local governance bodies and other decision making positions.

Secondly, I would like to mention economic empowerment of women since a lack of economic opportunities and instruments significantly disengages women from participation in social and political life.

And finally, a new creative approach to global solidarity and tactics of rapid response should be developed further to support courageous peace voices at the time of conflict escalation and possible breach of new war.

Sophie Toupin • Canada

Communication technologies:
Communication technology have become ubiquitous in our day-to-day lives: we share our personal lives and organize demonstrations through web platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, and we use cell phones and/or emails to rally and inform people of our efforts towards peacebuilding and conflict prevention. But what about our own security and the security of our networks when we share sensitive data and meta data about ourselves and others (our whereabouts, with whom we are, what we do, etc.)? Since Snowden's revelation of the multiple existing surveillance programs, the issue of state and corporate surveillance ought to make us reflect on our own communication practices as women peacebuidlers. Without falling into a technological deterministic stance, that is believing that the answers can be find in technological development, we need to ask ourselves about the benefits of securing our communications (phone conversations and texts, emails, etc.)?  What does digital security means for women human rights defenders? How can we effectively use communication technologies to foster our individual and collective security as women peacebuilders, while trying to minimize practices that endanger us and our networks?
 
Research and communicating results: Continued activists-oriented research is needed to highlight the best practices with women's peacebuilders projects, but also the limits and challenges that we face. Moreover, the dissemination of research results ought to be done in accessible formats such as with short audio and video documentaries, tool kits, short publications and/or in articles in the media.  Academic papers are no doubt crucial, but unfortunately are often not accessible to the majority.
 
Solidarity and partnerships: It is easy to be consumed by ones' own work and our day-to-day realities. However, the value of creating partnerships cannot be understated.  Fostering partnerships and solidarity with groups in Canada and outside would strengthen campaigns and bring immense value to those involved. Being in solidarity with others, particularly First Nations Women, would strengthen our work as activists and break the silos we often put ourselves in.