Public Policy Highlights
goal of Women Waging Peace is to change the public policy
paradigm so women are fully integrated throughout formal
and informal peace processes to prevent violent conflict,
stop war, and sustain peace in fragile regions.
shapers increasingly understand the importance of women's
roles in efforts to create sustainable peace. Top-level
officials at the US Department of State have made the
inclusion of women's expertise in all phases of the
peace process a priority; this implicit acceptance of
"Waging's" mission at high levels of the US
government is an important benchmark. Other policy advances
meetings with a variety of policymakers, Women Waging
Peace is advocating the creation of a fund for African
women's leadership in peace negotiations and peace
building to support the New Economic Partnership for
Africa's Development (NEPAD).
Canadian G8 representatives have been very receptive
to this idea, and the UK government has expressed
interest as well. A meeting with policymakers and
Waging network members from Africa will take place
at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government during our
fourth annual Colloquium in November 2002.
of Waging network members in Europe
America culminated in meetings with some 150 regional
and national policymakers. In Vienna, officials from
the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe
Parliament, the Austrian
Government, and numerous embassies and ministries
met with women from Armenia
and Azerbaijan, Cyprus,
Ireland, the Israeli/Palestinian
and the Yugoslav
successor states. Roundtable discussions focused
on measures for the implementation of policies adopted
by the UN (specifically Security
Council Resolution 1325), the G8, the European
Union, and the OSCE to help ensure the full inclusion
of women in the peace process. In Guatemala City,
women from Guatemala,
and the US met with policy shapers to discuss the
essential role of women in creating the conditions
for sustainable peace and their participation in the
political and civil sectors during the reconstruction
of communities affected by war.
International Crisis Group (ICG),
which uses field-based analyses from five continents
to promote the prevention and resolution of deadly
conflicts, has agreed to include the perspective of
women peace builders in their research and analysis.
Waging will be a source of information and assistance
to ICG analysts, who author 90 reports each year on
the state of conflicts around the world.
Women Waging Peace Policy
Commission, a group of research and policy experts,
was created in 2001 to produce a substantial analytical
body of information about women's contributions to
peace processes. Researchers have interviewed scores
of women active in peace processes and local, national,
and regional officials in El Salvador, Rwanda, Sierra
Leone, and Uganda. These case studies, and a dozen
more to be conducted in 2003, will allow for crosscutting
analysis, providing the hard evidence requested by
policy shapers about the effectiveness of women's
involvement in conflicts around the world.
US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs
has received Waging's input for a "best practices"
cable highlighting ways US Embassies and Missions
abroad can include women peace builders in their work.
We compiled specific examples of embassies bringing
women into official peace processes, hosting seminars
and experts' meetings on women and security, organizing
and supporting conferences and educational programs,
promoting the activities of women peace builders,
and organizing gatherings of women parliamentarians
in fragile democracies to help them create coalitions
across deadly political divides.
Waging Peace co-sponsored a conference with the Woodrow
Wilson Center in September 2002 on the role of
women in conflict prevention. A radio interview with
Ambassador Swanee Hunt was broadcast from the conference,
and a video of discussions at that conference will
be broadcast to Department of State Embassies around
the world in late October.
Inter-American Commission on Women (CIM)
of the Organization
of American States invited Hattie Babbitt, director
of Waging's Washington office and former US Ambassador
to the OAS, to address their August 2002 meeting to
explore an Inter-American counterpart to UN
Resolution 1325. Delegates to CIM passed a resolution
in support of increasing women's involvement in peace
processes in the region, and Waging staff is working
with them to foster the adoption and implementation
of a hemispheric resolution by the OAS.
Waging Peace helped organize the "National Day
of Dialogue," an initiative sponsored by Congresswoman
Bernice Johnson (D-TX). Other congressional leaders,
including Congresswoman (and House Whip) Nancy
Pelosi (D-CA), spoke at the event, held on Capitol
Hill in May 2002. Waging sponsored the participation
of two women peace builders: Israeli Terry
Greenblatt and Palestinian Maha
Abu-Dayyeh Shamas. Participants generated US and
international policy recommendations on governance
and political participation, peace and security, protection
of women, and civil society and peace building.
report on the implementation of UN
Security Council Resolution 1325 will be presented
by Executive Director Noeleen Heyzer at the Waging
Harvard Colloquium on November 8, to some 100 policymakers
and NGO leaders.
our policy-oriented efforts, Women Waging Peace is part
of a group of like-minded institutional partners working
toward the same objective or related goals. For more
information, go to www.womenwagingpeace.net.