Whose peace is it anyway? Connecting Somali and international peacemaking
Publication date: 
2010
Accord issue: 
21
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Women have very limited opportunities to participate in formal Somali peace processes. But Faiza Jama describes how they have provided critical leadership in civil society peace initiatives in Mogadishu and elsewhere to reduce violence and create conditions for dialogue, by demolishing checkpoints, demobilising militia, monitoring human rights and interceding between belligerents.

Although women are typically excluded from decision-making forums, their position within the clan system gives them the ability to bridge clan divisions and to act as a first channel for dialogue between parties in conflict.

Faiza Jama