security depends on the development of fresh, workable
solutions to seemingly intractable conflicts. The goal
of the Women Waging Peace initiative is to change the
public policy paradigm to fully integrate women throughout
formal and informal peace processes to prevent violent
conflict, stop war, and sustain peace in fragile regions.
policy statements from the UN
Security Council, the Organization
for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the G8,
and the European
Union call for the inclusion of women at every stage
of local and international efforts to prevent, manage,
and resolve conflict. These groundbreaking statements
have yet to be adequately implemented.
policymakers must understand the importance of women's
roles in creating sustainable peace. Hundreds of policy
shapers selected government officials, representatives
of non-governmental organizations, academics, and major
media professionals have engaged in meetings
with Waging network members and staff, inaugurating
multiple actions to integrate women peace builders into
the policy process.
work in the field of security is largely unrecognized
at institutional and public policy levels. Although
some of the work of women peace builders is known anecdotally,
scholarship regarding their expertise is scanty. Responding
to the need for a strong academic foundation in this
area, the Women Waging Peace Policy
Commission was created in 2001 to focus on research
and analysis as underpinnings for policy advocacy. The
Commission's work will produce a substantial body of
information about women's contributions to peace efforts.
Case studies of selected conflict areas and comparative
analyses based on those studies will be released in
the next two years.
Waging Peace was launched in 1999 to allow women working
in conflicts to connect with each other and with policy
shapers. Members of the Women Waging Peace network come
from every segment of society: they are activists, educators,
health professionals, political figures, lawyers, entrepreneurs,
military officers, religious leaders, and journalists.
With varied backgrounds, perspectives, and skills, these
women bring a vast array of expertise to the peacemaking