The Equal power – Lasting peace web site is part of the project Women and conflict resolution, run by The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and funded by the European Commission under the Crisis Response component of the Instrument for Stability. The project’s overall objective is to promote women’s participation in peace processes and conflict resolution.
There are several international documents, like UN Security Council Resolution 1325, that demand the involvement of women in peace building and conflict mediation efforts, but so far the UN and its member states have not lived up to their promises. In order to fully implement these agreements, resources have to be provided and political measures be taken to enable women to participate and act on an equal basis with men.
There is currently a lack of relevant and effective indicators and benchmarks on how to change the situation. Through in-depth field analyses from five areas of conflict – the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Iraq and Nagorny Karabakh – this project will present concrete recommendations on needs, methods and priorities necessary to strengthen women’s full participation in peace process. The recommendations will be spread to international actors and decision-makers and be able to use in further advocacy work to promote sustainable peace.
Read the extensive report Equal Power – Lasting Peace, Obstacles for women’s participation in peace processes.
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation (translates Woman to Woman Foundation) is a Swedish women’s rights and peace organization, founded in 1993. The organization focuses on long-term co-operation with women’s organizations in conflict-affected regions – to support women during times of war and conflict and to increase women’s power and influence. Currently the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation is active in the Western Balkans, the Middle East, Southern Caucasus, DR Congo and Liberia, supporting over 100 organizations.
The partner organizations are involved in different types of women’s rights work. Some of them help women legally and psychologically, some are involved in women’s health issues and sexual and reproductive rights, some educate authorities and influence decision-making processes and legislation and some counteract violence against women and human trafficking.
The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation regards gender equality, sustainable peace and progress as being inseparable. Sustainable peace is only achievable by challenging and changing the unequal power structures in society that restrict, oppress and marginalize groups and individuals. It requires a strong civil society where people participate on equal terms regardless of gender or social, ethnic, cultural and sexual affinity. In most societies in the world men are the norm and thereby the ones regarded as most suitable to make decisions. But without the active participation of women there is no possibility for sustainable progress.
Find out more about The Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation.
For questions or comments regarding the site, please send an e-mail to info(at)equalpowerlastingpeace.org.