Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Think About It: "Roles Women Play in Peace Processes"

Want to be (at least) TWICE as effective as peace workers and peacebuilders? Think about "Roles Women Play in Peace Processes" . . . .

A few weeks ago I suggested: take back the time that the election 2016 circus is stealing from you and put it to work thinking deeply about how to work better for peace.

Today I saw this fabulous meme from Conciliation Resources:


Roles women play in peace processes
(Graphic from Conciliation Resources)


I talked about the importance of gender equality / gender equity to peace in this post: Gender Equity and Peace: Let's ALL have a say in conflict resolution. The Conciliation Resource meme is a nudge to think deeper.

Have you known women who have acted in one or more of these roles?

* Leaders of civil society initiatives or forums
* Facilitators of social reconstruction
* Promoters of women's rights and participation
* Informal or community mediators
* Influencers of armed groups and society
* Carers of the war afflicted
* Formal mediators, signatories, and witnesses
* Delegates or advisors to the negotiating parties

I intend to use some of the time that I've rescued from election 2016 to think deeply about this question. Maybe it will give me something to write about. Or at least some thank you letters to write.


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"I am investing these 100 hours in thinking deeply about what it will take to change the war-like ways of this country I live in. I am going to ask hard questions, confront what's really standing in the way, think creatively, and come up with new ways to be an effective peace worker. This is my time and I am going to make the best use of it."

(See The Election 2016 Diet: Invest 100 Hours for Peace)








There is no question in my mind that gender equity is foundational to moving us closer and closer to a world where conflict is addressed through cooperation and compromise, and not through domination and violence.

(See Gender Equity and Peace: Let's ALL have a say in conflict resolution)











In a composition suggestive of a yin-yang symbol, a woman in a burka (but wearing audacious red glitter platform heels) is surrounded by genie-ish tableaus of the many male obsessions/pastimes that some of us rail about frequently -- sexualized pop singers, professional sports -- as well as some that we probably should rail about more (such as patriarchy in religion and political violence).

(See VIOLENCE: " . . . and the women must live with the consequences . . . " )