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.
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.
Conciliation Resources has been here with our youth when everyone thinks that Bossangoa’s youth cannot deliver anything positive. Thanks to the organisations’ work, young people are my partners today.