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“Training Women Facilitators in Iraq”

The U.S. Institute of Peace continues its focus on women as peacebuilders with a new training program for Iraqi women:

“In the most conflict-ridden areas of Iraq, USIP’s Network of Iraqi Facilitators (NIF) has provided conflict management training, facilitated dialogue between conflicting groups, and solved local problems, contributing significantly to efforts to bring peace and stability to Iraq. As part of the Academy’s ongoing NIF training, senior program officer Maria Jessop, Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana (from USIP’s  Religion and Peacemaking Center), and Khitam Alkhaghani from the Baghdad Office traveled to Erbil in May to conduct an Advanced Dialogue Facilitation Workshop for 17 women of the NIF. The workshop’s goal was to strengthen their ability to facilitate dialogue on sensitive topics involving gender, sectarianism, and identity-based tensions between women in order to achieve greater unity and cooperation. USIP will continue supporting the NIF women as they convene dialogues of their own. ”

Read more about the Network of Iraqi Facilitators program: http://www.usip.org/node/4604

June 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference

Coming soon to HWHTW: live coverage of the Democracy that Delivers for Women Conference, June 20-21.  The conference will feature speakers such as Melanne Verveer, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, and Diana Villiers Negroponte on topics including “The Role of Women in Democratic Reform” and “Women and Rebuilding Conflict Areas.” Check back often June 20-21 for updates!

To seethe agenda or register to attend the conference: http://www.democracythatdelivers.com/node/23

June 10, 2011 at 12:29 pm Leave a comment

New Publication: “Women in Religious Peacebuilding”

A new publication from tbe United States Institute of Peace draws attention to women’s roles in religious efforts at building peace.  According to the authors, women tend to be marginalized in formal religious conventions, but this marginalization has “freed women from institutional constraints, and behind the scenes, they have worked creatively to build peace. In addition, pathbreaking women have attained some formal recognition in religious institutions and have used it to bolster peacebuilding work.”

A key finding: “Women involved in peacebuilding tend to gravitate to efforts that entail sustained interfaith and intrafaith relationship building, approaching peace work from a holistic perspective that highlights the community. Women’s abilities to reach across lines of difference in tense environments, lead nonviolent protests, and mobilize communities, as well as their engagement with the theological aspects of gender roles in peace, holds the promise to change discourse and preconceptions about how religious organizations can be involved in peacebuilding work.”

Read more: http://www.usip.org/publications/women-in-religious-peacebuilding

June 3, 2011 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Best of International Women’s Day!

International Women's Day

The 100th annual International Women’s Day on March 8th brought lots of exciting events, news, and announcements for women.  Some highlights:

A HuffPost article on women and microfinance from Kiva President Premal Shah: “Kiva.org and the Ripple Effects of Helping Women”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/premal-shah/kivaorg-and-the-ripple-ef_b_833127.html?utm_source=jg&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=jg%5FCelebrating+Women+on+the+new+Kiva%2Eorg+%28259488506%29&utm_content=allisonasplin%40hotmail%2Ecom

New UN Women Quiz on Ending Violence against Women: “Every point you score counts towards [UNiTE’s] global action counter and builds momentum. The quiz will also be available in French and Spanish soon!” http://www.saynotoviolence.org/quiz

International Women of Courage Awards: The U.S. State Department honored 10 “women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk.”  http://www.state.gov/s/gwi/rls/rem/2011/157899.htm

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet Commemorates International Women’s Day in Liberia: Executive Director Bachelet “engaged with women demonstrating leadership in rebuilding the country from the conflict that dominated its recent history” http://www.unwomen.org/2011/03/un-women-executive-director-michelle-bachelet-commemorates-international-womens-day-in-liberia/

Read more about International Women’s Day: http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

March 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

USIP Launches Gender and Peacebuilding Center of Innovation

“Among the areas of focus in 2011 for the new Center will be the continued support to the U.S. Government’s development of a Women, Security and Peace Implementation Plan to make actionable core elements of the U.N. Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, a landmark framework that addresses the inordinate impact of war on women, as well as women’s critical contribution to conflict resolution and sustainable peace. To provide general background about the resolution, the Center has developed a tutorial that includes relevant USIP public presentations and written documents on the women, security and peace agenda.”

Read more: http://www.usip.org/newsroom/news/united-states-institute-peace-elevates-gender-initiative-center-innovation

January 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm Leave a comment

Women Building Peace: The Institute for Inclusive Security

The Institute for Incluive Security promotes the value of women’s perspectives in building lasting peace:

“Across the globe, women play a vital but often unrecognized role in averting violence and resolving conflict. The Institute for Inclusive Security recognizes the important characteristics women bring to the negotiating table, whether it be experience with grassroots activism, empathy across cultural divides, or a less threatening demeanor which grants access behind enemy lines.

 To empower women around the world to take an active role in their society, Inclusive Security focuses on research and documentation, partnerships, and training.”

Read more: http://www.huntalternatives.org/pages/7_the_initiative_for_inclusive_security.cfm

December 20, 2010 at 12:58 pm Leave a comment

TED Flashback: Zainab Salbi

zainab salbi photoZainab Salbi of Women for Women International was in the audience, not onstage, at TEDWomen this week – but her talk from TEDGlobal earlier this year would have been right at home there:

“In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. AT TEDGlobal 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful “backline” stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.”

Video: “Women, wartime and the dream of peace”

http://www.ted.com/talks/zainab_salbi.html

December 9, 2010 at 9:54 pm Leave a comment

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