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.
Enack Makunda Bendela, DRC
Enak is a Project Officer for International Alert in DRC and is based in Goma.
Why did you decide to work in peacebuilding?
"I often find myself between two worlds. On the one hand, I am an artist and writer who is anxious about observing societal values and encouraging change. On the other, I come from a community affected by violent conflict that has unfortunately left many women victims. My work as a peacebuilder is a commitment to build a society where men and women work together to achieve equality."
Why is International Women's Day important to you?
"International Women's Day presents an opportunity for reflection and action to address the injustices against women in our societies."
Why in your opinion is gender equality important for peacebuilding?
"The open dialogues between government authorities and women leaders sparked my curiosity and activism for gender equality. The contributions and perspectives offered by women raised important gender issues and inspired attendees to take practical steps and decisions to promote gender equality."