Beyond Victimhood: Women’s Peacebuilding in Sudan, Congo, and Uganda

Authored by: International Crisis Group

Categories: Peace Support Operations, Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR), National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Peace Accords, Peacemaking, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2006
Citation: Beyond Victimhood: Women's Peacebuilding in Sudan, Congo, and Uganda. Brussels: International Crisis Group, 2016.

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Peacebuilding cannot succeed if half the population is excluded from the process. Crisis Group’s research in Sudan, Congo (DRC) and Uganda suggests that peace agreements, post-conflict reconstruction, and governance do better when women are involved. Women make a difference, in part because they adopt a more inclusive approach toward security and address key social and economic issues that would otherwise be ignored. But in all three countries, as different as each is, they remain marginalised in formal processes and under-represented in the security sector as a whole. Governments and the international community must do much more to support women peace activists.