A recent Op-Ed in the Toronto Star posed this question: ‘Why are women not included in Peacebuilding efforts?’ Exactly our question. The headline is followed by a sub that says ‘Including women in peace agreements is not only the right thing, it’s the smart thing as it leads to longer-lasting peace’. In those places in the world where women have been involved, studies show that processes involving women are more equitable, inclusive and sustainable. So how do we multiply that effect?
We have at least one answer to that question. it’s called ‘Women Rising!’ In March, one hundred and four women are gathering in North East India to learn about human rights and conflict transformation (CT) – and to go from there to demand their place at tables of all sorts: from the kitchen table to tables of negotiation and decision-making.