Peace processes often centre around small groups, with leaders being responsible for brokering deals. The needs, experiences and potential contribution of large segments of society are therefore overlooked. In many conflict situations, there is also a limited understanding of the links between gender, violence and peace.
Young ladakhis in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir
We work to ensure that peace processes do not start and end with the negotiating table. We use gender as a lens to understand the deeper causes and impact of conflict and the opportunities for peace. We reach out to those often on the sidelines, including women, youth, displaced people and indigenous communities. Facilitating conversations, delivering training and building links with formal peace talks, we enable these groups to lead and participate in initiatives to build peace.
Our work in action
Across all conflicts, we work with diverse groups but in particular with women, displaced people, indigenous communities, and young people, to ensure they are involved in the peace processes which affect them.
We conduct research, create resources and share learning on the importance of gender and inclusion, and demonstrate how this can be better factored into peacebuilding approaches.
Practical guidance and toolkits