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Women, Men, and Peace

March 2014

Women, Men, and Peace explores questions of gender and peace through the first-hand realities of women and men peacebuilders across the world.

The first legal framework of its kind, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 marked a meaningful step toward gender inclusion in the peacebuilding world and its implementation is significant: inclusive peace processes are overwhelmingly more effective in gaining and sustaining peace. Inside are the stories of men and women working towards achieving this ideal, in their words.

Letter from the Editor


Ending violence and moving forward in the fragile social, economic, and political setting that follow a conflict pose challenges to women and men alike, but also create unique opportunities. We […]

What is UN Security Council Resolution 1325?

A Revolution Asks Questions


I still remember how I felt celebrating with thousands on Tahrir Square the night Hosni Mubarak was toppled. I was happy and proud. I believed that change would come. Whenever […]

Maheswara Thrives in Building Peace from Below


Born to a farming family in a village in the Sankhuwasabha district of Nepal, Maheswara Shrestha Bajracharya spent her childhood herding cattle, ploughing, caring for siblings, and cooking for her […]

Why Peace Depends on Women


One-quarter of the world’s population—1.5 billion people—live in societies affected by war, where fundamental human needs go unsatisfied and communities are divided and insecure. The lives of women and children […]

She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World


Over the past decade, and particularly since September 11, 2001, exhibition organizers, art critics, and the international market have paid more attention to contemporary art from Iran and the Arab […]

Making Their Own Paths to Peace


Afghanistan’s political history and the ongoing violence across the country have directly affected women’s political participation and status in society. By the mid-1990s, the systematic subordination of women resulted in […]

Finding Peace for Men in the DRC


The eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is sometimes called the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman. In reality, it is an equally dangerous place […]

A Mayor Speaks Out


As mayor of Nili, Afghanistan, I am guided by the Afghani saying, “You will harvest what you planted before.” It is important for me, and women like me, that we […]

Three Myths about Women in Peacekeeping


When we ask about the presence of women in peacekeeping operations, we might as well be asking to see a fantastical creature, like the mythological female warrior Lady Triệu Thị […]

Secure Women, Secure States


In a 2008 survey by Global Rights and Partners for Justice, 87 percent of Afghan women respondents reported that they had been abused, almost all by intimate family members, particularly […]

Is Resolution 1325 Making a Difference?


Recognizing the enormous effects of armed conflict on women and children and women’s role in building peace, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1325 in 2000. The resolution […]

A Model National Action Plan in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The vision of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, adopted on October 31, 2000, is historic: It recognizes women not only as victims of war but also as agents of change […]

The Role of Men in Engendered Peacebuilding


The term “gender” is usually considered synonymous with “women” when it comes to peacebuilding. In that sense, applying a gendered lens to a peacebuilding activity means taking women’s perspectives into […]

Devotion and Defiance: A Book Review


Book by Humaira Awais Shahid with Kelly Horan This autobiography is personal and political, as many women’s stories are. Humaira Awais Shahid is a Pakistani activist, journalist, and mother who […]

Women, War, and Peace: An Interview with Abigail Disney

In October 2013, Alliance for Peacebuilding president Melanie Greenberg and Building Peace editor- in-chief Jessica Berns spoke with Abigail Disney, philanthropist and filmmaker, about the role women play in contributing to social […]

Women as Leaders and Peacemakers

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