Documentation, Analysis, DisseminationWomen’s successful work in rebuilding societies devastated by war, defending human rights, and instituting democratic structures has frequently been lost or undervalued because it has not been documented.
WPP cooperates with existing archives and researchers to document grassroots women's peace initiatives, by continuing to collect and examine contemporary case histories of women’s nonviolent strategies for social inclusion, civil society and conflict resolution.
Documentation includes identifying the most difficult obstacles women face in making peace; the most successful strategies women have developed to overcome these obstacles; the specific skills that women have developed or lacked that led to their success or failure; and what training the activists received or developed to implement their strategy.
International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament
Every year WPP organizes 24 May, the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament with a public event and a publication. WPP finds it important to organize its May publications and events around critical issues affecting the realities of women peacemakers on the ground.
May 24 2012This year, the WPP has decided to postpone the event. Instead, the publication will be launched around October
31st, in line with the 12th anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325.
The role of youth in starting and leading nonviolent uprisings has received an increasing amount of attention during recent months, sparked in part by the Arab spring and the Occupy movements. As history has shown, the energy of young people is crucial to create the spark that can ignite a vibrant movement for change. It is WPP’s experience that all over the world, young people are working to make a difference. These young women and men not only question the world around them; they are also creative in formulating new and daring responses, using their own language and strategies in order to reach out to as many people as possible.
The 2012 May 24 Pack will provide the reader with inspiring case studies from different regions of the world, demonstrating the important role of youth in nonviolent change. It will focus on the importance of integrating a gender perspective in youth’s activism; will highlight some of the new nonviolent strategies and tools used by youth; and will explore how the women’s and peace movement are engaging young people in their activism.
May 26 2011: Religion: a threat for women’s rights or a driving force for social change and women’s peace activism?On May 26, 2011, IFOR’s WPP and its partners discussed faith-based and interfaith peace building, women’s roles in this and strategies to deal with the obstacles women face in their peace work. Download information on speakers and workshops in English. Meer informatie mbt sprekers en workshops in Nederlands
A report on the day will be downloadable soon.
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May 26 2011: Cassandra Balchin, Lead Researcher for Resisting and Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms initiative from the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID).
May 26 2011: Workshop Peacebuilding: Religion and Spirituality as a Source of Inspiration ( facilitated by Platform Women and Sustainable Peace)
May 27 2010: Men, Masculinities and Peacebuilding
Approximately 60 people attended the expert meeting Together for Transformation in The Hague to discuss the relevance of including a masculinities perspective in debates about gender and peacebuilding and the contributions men can make in relation to the topic of women, peace and security. To facilitate participation of WPP’s network in the field, the expert seminar was live broadcasted via the Internet, with the IFOR/WPP Information Officer directly responding to questions and comments received via email.
Read the report of the day here
For the free downloadable 24 May Action Pack 'Together for Transformation - Men, Masculinities and Peacebuilding', click here
24 May 2009: Voices of Peace from the Balkans and the Caucasus:
This year the May 24 celebration focused on women peacemakers and musicians working for peace from the Balkans and the Caucasus.
For the free downloadable 24 May Action Pack 'Voices of Peace from the Balkans and the Caucasus', click here
24 May 2008: Money for Women PeacemakersThe 2008 celebration focused on Money for Women Peacemakers: It was an inspiring day with heated debate and impressive women activists, such as Malalay Joya (former MP/Afghanistan), Asha Elmi Hagi (activist, winner of the Virginia Bell Award/Somalia) and Elisabeth Porter (academic/Australia).
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