We believe that peace requires the equal participation of all members of society, including men, women, girls, boys and gender minorities.
To mark International Women's Day 2015, we are sharing the stories of our inspiring peacebuilders around the world – both men and women – and their views on peace and gender equality.
Batool Asif, Pakistan
Batool is Programme Associate for our gender in peacebuilding work in Pakistan. Her work includes 'Creating safer districts for women in Pakistan' (funded by the FCO) and 'Women’s legal literacy' (in strategic partnership with the White Ribbon Campaign).
Why did you decide to work in peacebuilding?
"Peace is an element that is required by every individual. Working for peacebuilding gives me inner satisfaction and contentment. It is a much needed cause."
Why is International Women's Day important to you?
"Women are a very important representation of society. The everyday sacrifices they make for their family and loved ones are commendable. A day to acknowledge their countless efforts is of vital importance. Ensuring women’s rights should also be every male and female’s basic aim."
Why in your opinion is gender equality important for peacebuilding?
"The provision of justice, equal rights and peaceful coexistence is essential for humanity. Equality in all spheres is a factor of harmony and justice. It is significant for peacebuilding because it removes all negativities and serves to improve human rights for both men and women equally."
What has been your proudest moment as a peacebuilder to date?
"Organising sessions with local men and women in the local community to discuss their vision for a peaceful life and how to curb gender-based violence in their areas."