Accord Insight: Women building peace

Mar 2013
Accord Insight Women building peace cover
This first Accord Insight presents nine articles drawn from previous editions of Accord that examine the roles women have played in addressing violence and building peace. The publication documents women’s first hand peacebuilding practice: the challenges they faced, the opportunities they created and the lessons they have drawn from their experiences.

Gender, inclusion and political settlements

Navigating inclusion in peace processes
Mar 2019
Sophia Close, Catherine O’Rourke and Zahbia Yousuf introduce the idea of ‘gendering political settlements’ – paying attention to gender in relation to how power is administered, and to how it influences institutions and the distribution of resources. The authors recognise that the challenges of gender inequality are rarely fully addressed in peace processes.

Laura Raicu

Laura Raicu joined Conciliation Resources as Papua New Guinea Programme Officer in May 2018.  Before joining Conciliation Resources, Laura mentored a team of local volunteers in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, working with them to address the negative impact the civil conflict had on access to education. Laura has a strong interest in addressing the traumatic effects conflicts have on forcibly displaced people and she has previously worked on supporting the settlement of migrant and refugee communities in Australia through advocacy, project management, research and policy work.

Kate Higgins

Kate Higgins joined Conciliation Resources as Pacific Projects Manager in June 2018. Kate has worked in the Melanesian region for over a decade in peacebuilding and community development. Kate has a strong interesting in the areas of governance and peace and finding was to work with local strengths to address peace and conflict issues in Melanesian communities. Kate holds a PhD in Political Science from The University of Queensland, Australia.

6 ways to support gender inclusion in peace transitions

Participation of women and other excluded groups in peace talks and political bargaining is important for sustainable peace. Clear opportunities to support gender inclusion exist in all phases of a peace process – before, during and after a peace agreement.

Gendered political settlements

May 2018
Based on analysis of three contexts (Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, Nepal and Colombia) this report explores how gender inclusion – meaningful participation at all levels of decision making, regardless of a person’s gender identity – is negotiated in elite-led peace processes and political settlements in conflict-affected contexts, and how international and national actors can support it effectively.

Gender in political transition: Bougainville's peace process

Feb 2018
Gender in political transition, Bougainville's peace process
Women’s civil society activism in Bougainville has not always been well reflected in decision-making processes; however the political transition following the Bougainville Peace Agreement in 2001 has provided opportunities for greater inclusion. This report explores how gender dynamics shape decision-making, power and influence in Bougainville, in particular how formal and customary structures impact inclusion. It also looks at the approaches and strategies Bougainvillean women have used to increase their agency and influence within formal, faith and customary institutions.

Developing skills to build peace in Bougainville

Community leaders from across central and north Bougainville have spent much of the past month developing their peacebuilding skills, with training from the Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation (NCFR), supported by Conciliation Resources.