Peace Work

Peace Sign

An overview of international peace initiatives such as NGOs, intergovernmental organisations and transnational networks. The majority of these focuses on women and gender specific aspects.

Participants at the expert discussion on "Giving women a voice in peace talks - negotiating towards ending sexualized violence in the conflict regions of Syria and Iraq"

“There is no plan” to involve women in peace talks – no plan and also little interest. Simone Habel gives a report from the international expert discussion on "giving women a voice in peace talks" on 27th November 2014.

Woman burka photographed through the mesh of a burka

Although the overthrow of the Taliban opened up new opportunities for women, it did not give rise to the “women’s liberation” many were expecting. Currently, there are growing concerns about an “apparent backlash against the empowerment of women".

Jody Williams

The Nobel Women's Initiative calls to join the campaign Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict.
The campaign will be launched in the Week of Action May 6-13.


Leymah Roberta Gbowee and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – both from Liberia – and Tawakkul Karman (Yemen), three outstanding women's rights and peace activists, have been awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize.

International Peace Activities

For the time being, peace work is a particular challenge for civil-society actors. Not only wars but also food, climate, care, economic and financial crises in correspondence to the internationalisation of conflicts demand specific engagement and diverse knowledge and expertise. Women and womens' organisations have deserved in this area and they are a driving force behind many peace processes - unfortunately they receive far too little consideration. They are indispensable for a gender-equitable and sustainable peace policy.
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