7 women peacebuilders you should know

Conflict is rising, with more countries experiencing violent conflict last year than at any time in 30 years.

While women are deeply affected by the impacts of war, they are often completely excluded when it comes to official peacebuilding processes.

That’s why this International Women’s Day, we’ve brought together the stories of women working to build peace against all odds.

No women, no peace

Research shows that achieving gender equality helps to prevent conflict and when women are involved in peacebuilding, the probability that violence will end increases by 24%.

Yet despite this evidence, only one woman has signed a final peace accord as a chief negotiator anywhere in the world – the inspirational Miriam Coronel-Ferrer in the Philippines.

Peace agreements that involve women are 35% more likely to last at least 15 years. But most peace accords do not include any female signatories.

Without involving women in peacebuilding, we cannot lay the foundations for lasting peace. And without peace, there can be no sustainable development.

That’s why this International Women's Day we want to tell you about the women building peace around the world today.

You can't be what you can't see

So join us to share the stories of these inspirational women, to inspire more communities to involve women in building lasting peace.

1. Myrna is campaigning for autonomy, peace and development in the Philippines

Myrna Philippines campaigner for peace

I dream of more education and economic opportunities for women, I dream of a peaceful and happy life for all families.

Read Myrna's story

2. Fatima supports women who have experienced conflict and violence to find peace in Nigeria

Fatima women peacebuilders nigeria

I try as much as I can to make women understand that peace starts from within us; especially those that are affected with crisis, so they can be an example to others and help make a positive future for all women and girls growing up.

Read Fatima's story

3. The women and girls building peace across the generations in Ukraine

Peace education camps in Ukraine can ensure children become part of the solution.

Read about peace education

4. Maman Chantal is challenging harassment at the border crossing between DRC and Rwanda

Maman Chantal crossborder trade in DRC and Rwanda

Could you cross the border without losing your tomatoes? Step into the shoes of Maman Chantal, a tomato trader in DRC, and see how you would cope with her typical journey.

Take the challenge

5. Massaran is resolving conflict over natural resources in Mali

Massaran in Mali

I would like to see women act as agents of change in Mali's social and political context. More than 50% of Mali's population are women and it is very sad to see that we are still going through several cases of gender-based violence in the country, with very little progress being made by the authorities to prevent such acts from happening.

Read Massaran's story

6. Melinda Simmons makes sure women are included in peacebuilding projects worldwide

Melinda Simmons FCO

I want more and more women to feel they can speak up and tell us what they are thinking. Whether it is about fears they are harbouring, or ideas they have for change. At the same time, I want men to be listening and providing concrete support for those ideas.

Read Melinda's story

7. Odette has been working for peace since the attacks on the Tutsi community began in DRC

Odette in DRC

I have been engaged in peacebuilding since 1996. It was during this year that the hunt for the Tutsi community began, and all my family fled to Rwanda. I refused because home is here in DRC and I didn’t have a problem with anyone.

Read Odette's story

Gender equality for peace

We need more women in peacebuilding and more women leaders to sustain peace and development.

Join us to #PressForProgress

This International Women’s Day, join us to #PressForProgress and share the stories of women who are making a difference for peace.

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