Women play an essential, but often under-recognised, role in peacebuilding. Our Europe-Asia Director, Laura Aumeer, spoke to Sparknews about the why and the how, and shares some resources and tips for sharper, more inclusive conflict-related stories.
A new platform for convening environmental experts, think tanks, business leaders and peacemakers across South Asia has been selected for the Paris Peace Forum’s Scale-up Programme, which provides accelerated, customised support for the initiative’s development.
In the Philippines, a changing climate is leading to increased flooding, landslides and tropical cyclones - forcing entire communities from their homes. In regions like the Bangsamoro, which is emerging from four decades of conflict, responses to the impact of climate change must be sensitive and inclusive.
“I’m a peacebuilder, a mediator, a healer and a reconciliator. I wear many hats.” Another one of those hats is as a long-time partner of Conciliation Resources. Ezabir Ali has led peacebuilding programmes along the Line of Control in Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir focusing specifically on the rights of women affected by the conflict. Her work with women has sought to build peace across sectarian divides, deal with the trauma of protracted conflict and advocate for women’s rights in the complex legal systems which are often stacked against them. Recently she has been supporting women to deal with conflict through art and creative writing.
Following on from our first ever Steps to Peace challenge event in 2020, this September Conciliation Resources' supporters, partners and staff once again took steps to raise vital funds for peacebuilders around the world.
In September, more than 150 people from 12 communities came together to discuss the future of peace in the area around Bossangoa, in the Central African Republic. The town of 15,000 people is widely regarded as the epicentre of conflict in the country - being the birthplace of former President François Bozizé.
This month, a team of peace and environmental activists completed a two-day mountain hike in Jammu and Kashmir along the Line of Control, which divides territories administered by India and Pakistan. This dividing line is contested by India, Pakistan and Kashmiris on both sides, and communities in this area often experience heavy artillery and shelling by the militaries of the two countries.
A group of intrepid journalists and peace and environmental activists are embarking on a two day hike in the mountains of Jammu and Kashmir, passing one of the most militarised regions of the world, to raise awareness and funds for peacebuilders around the world.
Hela province in Papua New Guinea is experiencing significant rates of violent conflict. Over the past few decades, violence has escalated in scale and intensity. High levels of violence have had devastating effects on the people of Hela, including death, physical suffering, trauma, destruction of property, mass displacement and gender-based violence.
Providing psychosocial rehabilitation and addressing trauma as a consequence of war is generally understood as an important element of supporting communities after the conflict has subsided. But according to Larissa Sotieva and Juliet Schofield of conflict transformation organisation Indie Peace, what is less understood is the way in which trauma is also a driver of conflict, and how trauma influences social and political dynamics before and after a violent conflict. This lack of understanding of the effect of societal trauma – of how people’s emotions, fears and aspirations influence conflict dynamics – means that peacebuilding has failed to take this into consideration in the past.
Despite a growing bank of evidence of the interplay between the climate crisis and conflicts, and the need to consider this intersection in climate responses, still little is actually being done. Conciliation Resources joined a network of organisations in Stockholm in May and June 2022 to make the case for peacebuilding and conflict sensitivity in climate change policy.
The complex connections between the climate crisis and conflict were explored during a recent event organised by Conciliation Resources, hosted by law firm Linklaters LLP. The lively discussion focused on the human costs of conflicts fuelled by the climate crisis, and the positive ways that those who are affected are working to respond to them.