Global policy highlights the importance of women’s participation in peace processes and peacebuilding. Yet the impact of international commitments is not felt on the ground. Most peace agreements do not address the specific concerns of women. And women are still excluded from political processes.
The wealth of women's peacebuilding practice documented in the Accord series sheds light on what women peacebuilders have done to overcome conflict. The case studies of this Accord Insight focus on specific contexts, yet also provide three general insights for peacebuilding practitioners and policymakers: women's efforts can broaden the scope of peacebuilding; overcoming challenges to political participation is vital; understanding gender relations is key to building sustainable peace.
Expert Analysis - From the forefront of peace and reconciliation: testimonies from women building peace
An expert analysis from gender specialists Judith Gardner and Judy El-Bushra highlights common themes and experiences from the Accord case studies and situates these in the context of current policy on women, peace and security.
An overview of issues discussed at the panel meeting 'From violence to voting: armed groups and peace processes', which was part of the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security, held in Madrid in March 2005.
Peace processes which only include political and military players are potentially dangerous. Celia McKeon of Conciliation Resources explains why civil society's role is crucial in her chapter in 'People building peace II'.
In this article published by Developments magazine, Huw Spanner looks at Conciliation Resources' report on Angola's civil war and says that several of the important lessons within it can be applied to other African conflicts.
From military peace to social justice? The Angolan peace process (Accord issue 15, 2004) asks ‘what next?’ for a nation that has secured a ‘military peace’ but still faces huge challenges in post-conflict peacebuilding and a secessionist war in Cabinda. It provides lessons from Angola’s history of conflict and peacemaking, and reviews past peace processes and the roles played by Angolan civil society, institutions such as the United Nations and foreign governments.