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Offer: New Publication on Empowering Women in Peacemaking (Asia Pacific)

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (the HD Centre) is pleased to announce the release of a new publication, Peacemaking in Asia and the Pacific: Women’s Participation, Perspectives and Priorities.

Leaving women on the margins of peace processes amounts to excluding the voices of half the population and ultimately greatly diminishes the sustainability of peace agreements. Yet, ensuring their fair representation and diverse contributions to peacemaking remains a major challenge.

In Peacemaking in Asia and the Pacific: Women’s Participation, Perspectives and Priorities, the HD Centre explores the reasons for women’s under-representation in peace processes, both in terms of their participation and the substantive gender content of agreements. Through a series of articles, the publication provides concrete examples of where and how women have been involved, the differences such involvement has made, and what the peacemaking community can do to build on these experiences.

With a focus on the Asia and Pacific region, this publication puts forward the experiences of women peacemakers from different countries – the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Timor Leste, India, the Solomon Islands, and Nepal – to highlight the impact of, and obstacles to, their participation in peace processes.

“This publication shows how beneficial to sustainable peace the contribution of women is”, said Cate Buchanan, Project Manager at the HD Centre. “It seeks to remind those involved in peacemaking of the value and necessity of women’s participation in peacemaking”.

The publication provides practical recommendations on how to make the existing framework of international norms a reality in peacemaking and strengthen women’s participation in, and contribution to, peace processes and agreements. It also offers a set of pointers for mediation teams on how to include gender in their work.

We value the feedback of practitioners and researchers on the format and content of this publication. If you have any suggestions for improvement, please write to mediationsupport@hdcentre.org

The report was produced as part of the HD Centre’s Women at the Peace Table – Asia Pacific initiative, which brings together women active in peacemaking across the region to identify strategies for improving women's participation in peace processes. The project was made possible thanks to the support of the Australian Agency for International Development and the Open Society Institute. The HD Centre would like to thank these institutions for their commitment to this important issue.

The Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue is an independent mediation organisation dedicated to improving the global response to armed conflict. It mediates directly between belligerents and helps others to do the same. The HD Centre is active in approximately 15 conflicts around the world, some of which are necessarily confidential.

For more information on the HD Centre's activities, please write to pr@hdcentre.org

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