Through our programmes, we are committing to a peaceful, safe and gender-just world for all. Together with our project partners in countries affected by war and conflict, we advocate for the active participation of women in peace processes. We support the participation and political engagement of women, marginalised groups and civil society organisations in peacebuilding. Our programmes and projects emerge from our worldwide network of women peace activists and are oriented towards their needs and circumstances on the ground.
What are Women's Peace Tables
Since 2015, we have been organising Women's Peace Tables with our local project partners with the aim of sustainably strengthening the participation of women in peace processes and making their engagement in peacebuilding visible. They have become a proven method for achieving these goals.
Women are particularly affected by armed conflict and violence. However, they often remain excluded from formal peace or transitional justice processes after a conflict has been resolved. We advocate for effective participation of women in peace processes and access to transitional justice.
Civil society engagement plays an important role in feminist peace work. Worldwide, civil society organisations, including numerous women's and human rights organisations, are increasingly confronted with repression. We support projects from our global network that counteract the shrinking of civil society's scope for action.
With our country programmes, we work on issues relevant for peace policy issues in conflict-affected regions. The focus is on the everyday security of women and marginalised groups. Together with our project partners, we work on long-term and flexible projects that address the issue of security from a feminist perspective.
When do I feel safe? What contributes to me feeling unsafe? Do I know why? And what structures lie behind it? On 22 April 2023, as part of the Tour de Lorraine in Bern, we are holding a workshop on feminist peace work in which we will explore these questions using storytelling methods.
Women demand participation in transitional justice: Nepal
Women were directly affected by the ten-year conflict in Nepal, many as combatants. Yet, they were effectively excluded from the peace negotiations and their access to transitional justice processes remains severely restricted.
Three countries, four women and a cross-border solidarity
In the fall of 2019, PeaceWomen Across the Globe brought together peace activists from Colombia, Nepal and the Philippines to share their experiences of armed conflict and of the subsequent peace efforts in their countries and to benefit from each other's expertise.
Continuing to invest in the future of women: Afghanistan
In the 20 years before the Taliban came to power in August 2021, women in Afghanistan had been able, with difficulty, to reclaim some of their rights and their place in society. Until the takeover, we supported women to increase their knowledge about their rights in relation to the peace process at the time, so that they could help shape peace and have a voice in decision-making processes. We are currently analysing how to continue our support for Afghanistan's women.