Explore how women are involved in peacebuilding at the local level, with a focus on:
What women’s involvement in local peacebuilding looks like: what motivates women, what support women peacebuilders currently have (e.g. from women’s local CSOs and/or decision makers), and what specific activities women are undertaking to build peace;
Why women’s involvement in local peacebuilding makes a difference to peace, including positive, concrete examples of what has worked and why women’s involvement in local level peacebuilding should be supported by donors/UN/others;
Make recommendations for what support the international community needs to provide in strengthening and promoting women’s participation in peacebuilding;
Draw on case studies and interviews with INGOs and ActionAid/Womankind partners (see ‘output’) for more details.
Key research questions:
These will be discussed in further detail during development of the comparative analysis, but broad questions will include:
What roles do women play (as individuals, groups and within networks) at the local level in peace building/ conflict prevention/ post-conflict reconstruction? What does their involvement look like in the different country contexts? What is their experience at the local level in their own words? (This will aim to shed light on the aspects of peacebuilding that sometimes happen ‘behind the scenes’);
What is the impact of women’s role in local peacebuilding on national peacebuilding processes;
Apart from the impact on national peacebuilding processes, what other impact has women’s role and engagement in peace building had at the local level, if any? (I.e. its value regardless of whether it translates immediately and obviously into national-level peace, for example in terms of women’s participation and empowerment);
What are the barriers to women’s participation in local peacebuilding, both social (in family/community) and structural (service providers, legislation, formal and non-formal law)? How does violence against women act as a barrier? And how can those barriers be overcome;
Are there any examples of international support that has recognised and promoted women’s role in local peacebuilding in the three countries? What has been their impact;
Based on the above, why should the international community support women’s role in peacebuilding, and how should they do so? What concrete steps can/should be taken.
A research paper of approximately 30 pages with a short literature review;
At least 2 strong case studies from each country demonstrating the role of women in peacebuilding at the local level (with the detailed case studies appended);
Documented practical experiences of local women peacebuilders and activists highlighted throughout the report;
An elaborate clear case for why the international community should better support the role of women in local peacebuilding with key recommendations as to how this can be achieved;
A compendium profiling a maximum of 45 and a minimum of 30 female leaders with pictures.
Respect for Diversity
Interest in the UN system and general knowledge of development issues;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;