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.
Rabina Shrestha, Nepal
Rabina is Programme Manager for our work on security and justice in Nepal and is based in Kathmandu.
Why did you decide to work in peacebuilding?
"During the armed conflict, I heard many painful stories of how the conflict was affecting women and children. That drove me to work in peacebuilding."
Why is International Women’s Day important to you?
"For me International Women's Day is an important day, because we come together to recall, recognise and respect our past generation’s contribution to end discrimination, subordination and violence against women and girls, while raising our voices for equality and justice for the present and future."
Why in your opinion is gender equality important for peacebuilding?
"Women and children are very vulnerable during armed conflict. They experience conflict differently. In order to address their specific needs, gender equality has to be taken into consideration."
What has been your proudest moment as a peacebuilder to date?
"Eight years into the conflict and after one year of rigorous search, I was able to reunite a family together. The moment when I saw the smiles and happiness on both father and son’s faces, I felt very happy."