Women's Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation


Turning Grief Into Peace


Syria is a country overshadowed by war and violence, and Syrian women suffer human rights violations on a daily basis. The country’s current state of crisis has led to women’s internal displacement and many Syrian women flee the country in order to escape violence and war as well as to seek refugee status in foreign countries.

The Purple Women’s Movement

Day 15 of the 16 Days Blogging Series:

In 2012, Shirkat Gah conducted training and awareness sessions in the Swat valley, pertaining to the impacts of war on women and their part in reconstruction efforts as recognized in the United Nations Resolution 1325. Shirkat Gah witnessed the rise of women leaders as they realized their potential for social change and called for the formation of a women’s group to work for the reestablishment of peace in the region. Thus, the group Khwendo Tolona, meaning “sister collective” was formed.

Bangsamoro Women and Peace

Day 14 of the 16 Days Blogging Series:

In our journey to peace, we have met different groups of people and organizations. We all have our own contexts, our own lived realities and our narratives to share. We may not meet eye to eye, and disagree on certain aspects of discussion, but we all shared one common goal. That goal is to stop violence and work towards peace. A daunting task one might say but every hardship, roller coaster ride one must take will lead us to better lives. Not just this generation but also the next to follow.

Turning the Peace Tables

Day 6 of the 16 Days Blogging Series:

The purpose of peace talks is to alleviate the dependency on militarism and bring an end to violence in general, but the absence of women’s voices in the discussions often results in the absence of a focus on women in the solution.

The Military and Violence Against Women: The Aceh Experience, Part 1

Day 2 of the 16 Days Blogging Series:

Aceh is Special Territory of Indonesia situated on the island of Sumatra. Between 1976 and 2005, an insurgency was waged in Aceh by the Free Aceh Movement (Gerakan Aceh Merdeka, or GAM), who wanted independence from the rule of the capital Jakarta, and from Indonesia. After the devastating tsunami in December 2004, GAM declared a unilateral cease-fire, and in 2005 a peace agreement was reached, granting Aceh special autonomy within Indonesia in return for GAM’s disarmament. Here Donna Swita Hardiani, from Solidaritas Perempuan (Women’s Solidarity) recalls her experiences in Aceh during the immediate years after the peace agreement.

Women Who Sing and Paint Walls to Spread Peace in Syria


A Syrian NGO helps women make Syria a colorful place to live, most recently with an initiative to paint the walls of a cemetery in the town of Nabek.

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