Re­port on Women in Con­flict and Peace launched in My­itky­ina

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What is women’s role in con­flict, peace­build­ing and de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion? What are the con­se­quences of women’s in­clu­sion and ex­clu­sion from the peace process? Th­ese are some of the ques­tions ex­plored in Women in Con­flict and Peace, In­ter­na­tional IDEA’s pub­li­ca­tion was launched on 26 Jan­uary in My­itky­ina, the cap­i­tal of Kachin State the or­gan­i­sa­tion said in a press re­lease.

Draw­ing on four case stud­ies from Myan­mar, Afghanista­n, Rwanda and the Philip­pines, Women in Con­flict and Peace analy­ses the im­pact of women on con­flict and peace­build­ing, con­clud­ing with rec­om­men­da­tions that in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal ac­tors can im­ple­ment to in­crease the par­tic­i­pa­tion of marginal­ized women in peace- and democ­racy-build­ing ini­tia­tives.

Speak­ing at the launch event, Jenny Hed­ström, editor of the book and au­thor of the Myan­mar chap­ter, high­lighted the low rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women (only 52 women out of 700 par­tic­i­pants) in the re­cent Union Peace Con­fer­ence. “Women’s in­volve­ment in peace­build­ing is es­sen­tial for sus­tain­able peace”, she said. “Peace ne­go­ti­a­tions must in­clude the voices of women, or th­ese ne­go­ti­a­tions will be flawed”.

The event was hosted by the Hu­man­ity In­sti­tute and gen­er­ated a lively dis­cus­sion on the im­por­tance of women’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the on­go­ing peace process in Myan­mar. Free copies of the book were dis­trib­uted af­ter the launch.

Orig­i­nally pub­lished in English, In­ter­na­tional IDEA’s pub­li­ca­tion Women in Con­flict and Peace (Se­lected Chap­ters) is now avail­able in Myan­mar lan­guage and will be dis­trib­uted to key play­ers in the Myan­mar peace process. The book is also avail­able for down­load.

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