Grantee name: Women Waging Peace
Mission: Women Waging Peace (now the Women Waging Peace Network housed at The Institute for Inclusive Security (IIS)) advocates for the full participation of women in formal and informal peace processes around the world. Originally part of the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Women Waging Peace was founded by peace and security expert Ambassador Swanee Hunt who continues her involvement as Chair of IIS.
The Women Waging Peace Network is a network of more than 2,000 women peacemakers from conflict areas around the world, ranging from Colombia to Congo, Lebanon to Liberia, Sri Lanka to Sudan. The Network was launched in 1999 to connect these women with each other and with policy shapers.
IIS continues WAPPP's practice of convening women peace leaders from the world's most violent conflict regions to share struggles and strategies, meet with U.S. foreign policy experts, to participate in the Women & Public Policy Executive Training to advance their capacity for leadership in peace development, and to establish networks and coalitions for ongoing work.
Delegates include grassroots organizers, parliamentary members, journalists, academics, military officers, lawyers, judges and other civil society activists. Women Waging Peace discussions and trainings promoted ratification, implementation and enforcement of international human rights, as defined in the UDHR, CEDAW and Security Council Resolution 1325.
The range of delegates' peace and security work includes conflict resolution bridging ethnic and party lines, negotiation of peace agreements, demanding recognition of rape as a war crime, instituting women's rights and gender equity in constitutions, establishing rapid response teams and strategies to counter terrorist actions, survival trainings, trauma processing for victims of rape, torture and imprisonment, reconciliation processes for reintegration of ex-combatants and repatriations, investigation and documentation of war crimes, increasing women's participation in electoral government and observation of elections, founding progressive political parties, bringing human rights training to women in refugee camps, educating youth in human rights conflict resolution and non-violence, and building the presence and influence of social justice NGO's in civil societies.
Location: Cambridge, MA, USA and Washington DC, USA
YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/InclusiveSecurity
Channel Grants: Channel sponsored a delegate to attend the Women Waging Peace meetings in 2002, 2003, and 2004.
Photos of the Women and Security Executive Training Program courtesy of the Women and Public Policy Program.