UNSCR 1325 and subsequent resolutions on women, peace and security have helped focus attention on the role of women in peace negotiations and the limited presence of women at the peace table. At the same time women peace builders play a crucial role in building peace at the local level. One of the ways that women peace-builders play this crucial role is through the creation of a culture of peace; whether through women working together across battle lines to ensure live saving support to families; or focusing on practical solvable issues on the ground or by other means.
This important role and the lessons learnt from these experiences deserve more attention. We are interested in learning more about what works at the local level. How have women peace builders contributed to change. What works and how can local experiences be fed into regional or national peace-building efforts?
Please answer the following questions:
- What good examples are there of women’s engagement in local peacebuilding efforts? What is different about these examples? Why did they work? What helped make them work? What didn’t work?
- How have women managed to engage in local political decision-making post-conflict? What effect has that had on others’ lives?
- How do you prevent the return to traditional norms after conflicts end?
- What role has creating a culture of peace played?
- What examples are there of imaginative alternatives that help create a culture of peace? What helped make them work? What didn’t work?
- Was there any outside support that was vital to ensuring women’s engagement? If so, what can we learn from the timing, duration and how that support was given? What support might have helped but wasn’t forthcoming? What support was counter-productive and why?
- How can we ensure that the needs and views of the most marginalized are included? What good examples are there of including disabled women? LGBTQI communities?