The Better Peace Initiative
Ensuring inclusivity and gender sensitivity in peace making
How do we achieve a Better Peace? By including civil society, especially women, in peace negotiations and peace building and ensuring gender sensitivity in all processes.
How do we make the Peace sustainable? By implementing peace agreements and ensuring that thematic topics addressed, such as transitional justice, devolution, and security sector reform are gender sensitive and inclusive.
How is ICAN contributing? We develop pragmatic guidance, such as animations, discussion guides and trainings for the inclusion of women peacebuilders and offer proactive steps to broaden participation.
Gender Responsive Ceasefires
Explores why gender responsiveness and inclusivity matter in ceasefire agreements and processes, and how to ensure this in practice.
Gendered Community Policing
Explores why gender sensitivity and inclusivity matter and how to pay attention to this in community policing initiatives.
Gendered Transitional Justice
Explores the various components of transitional justice and offers five practical steps to a gender sensitive and inclusive process.
Explores why gender sensitivity and inclusivity in devolution processes matter and how it can be done in practical ways.
Gendered Peace Negotiations
Presents a four-part framework for inclusive mediation, offers proactive steps to overcome common barriers.
“Women peacebuilders are doing the most dangerous work.”
— Ambassador Don Steinberg, Former US Envoy to Angola
“If war is the industry of men, let peace be the industry of women.”
— Amal Basha, Chair of the Sisters’ Arab Forum for Human Rights & Member of the Yemen National Dialogue Conference
“Women who have not taken up arms in Syria are still a power of peace and symbol of peace; if these women and other civil society figures are not included, I don’t see peace in my country.”
— Dr. Rim Turkmani, Astrophysicist and Co-Founder of Building the Syrian State
“When I was working in Sierra Leone and Northern Uganda – women – particularly women who have endured years and years of conflict – have a certain resilience that puts the rest of us to shame…I figure if they can do that work to rebuild their communities, I could do something to work with them.”
— Betty Murungi, Human Rights Scholar (Kenya)
Inclusion in Ceasefire Agreements
10 Steps to Ensure Gender Responsive Processes & Ceasefire Agreements is a practical guidance document intended to inform governments, international organizations, and civil society facilitating local, national and regional ceasefire negotiations. Click here for more.
Increased Participation in Peace-Keeping Missions
10 Steps to Increase Women’s Participation in Peacekeeping and Reduce Sexual Exploitation and Abuse is intended to put forth concrete recommendations from women-led civil society to improve community security and eradicate Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) from peacekeeping missions through effective recruitment and deployment of women. Click here for more.
The Better Peace Tool
The Better Peace Tool explores the history and evolution of peacemaking in modern times. It considers six common barriers to inclusion and how to overcome them. And it presents a four-part framework for the inclusion of women peacebuilders, offering proactive steps to broaden participation.
Barriers to Inclusion
The inclusion of women peacebuilders in peace processes is a crucial step toward a transformative approach to peacemaking, yet it remains elusive in practice.