When Women Stand Together as One: the Power of Women’s Grassroots Peace Movements

Authored by: Leymah Gbowee

Categories: Peace Support Operations, Violent Conflict
Sub-Categories: Nonviolent Resistance, Peacemaking, Political Transitions
Country: New York
Region: Middle East and North Africa
Year: 2020
Citation: Gbowee, Leymah. "WHEN WOMEN STAND TOGETHER AS ONE: THE POWER OF WOMEN’S GRASSROOTS PEACE MOVEMENTS." Journal of International Affairs 72, no. 2 (2019): 13-18. Accessed January 15, 2020.

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Executive Summary

Violent conflicts remain the single most deadly social phenomenon and impediment to development in Africa. In the last two and a half decades, over 4 million people have been killed in violent conflicts in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Chad, Angola, Sudan, Uganda, the Central African Republic, Congo Brazzaville, Burundi, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Côte d’Ivoire. Several other states including Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Cameroon, Niger, Guinea Bissau, and The Gambia are also paying the high price of violence. As in my home country of Liberia, many of these conflicts stem from a politics of exclusion and the failure to meet people’s basic human security needs.