Women In Peacebuilding

The participation of civil society groups, including women’s organizations, makes a peace agreement 64% less likely to fail. When women participate in peace processes, the resulting agreement is 35% more likely to last at least 15 years. Higher levels of gender equality are associated with a lower propensity for conflict, both between and within states.
(From https://www.cfr.org/interactive/womens-participation-in-peace-processes/)

Why we need more women mediators: https://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2021/01/13/why-we-need-more-women-mediators.html


Lim Heang Heng, IPTI 2016

Gender Mainstreaming in Cambodia

Following the 2016 IPTI, Heng, of the SE Asia cohort, was hired as a gender consultant for Voluntary Service Overseas. She trains rice farmers from ten agricultural cooperatives in Battambang, Cambodia, on gender mainstreaming in rice value chains. She has offered an in-house gender training to Improving Market Access for the Poor Cambodia's staff, and is currently conducting a gender awareness training to 20 gender focal points. Battambang is Cambodia's leading rice-producing province, and Heng's training will cascade to 600 new co-op members in the area.


Gayane Astoyan, IPTI 2014

Youth Peacebuilding in Armenia

Through the IPTI trainings in Istanbul and Belfast, "I obtained skills on how to develop strategies related to both organization and intercommunal, intercultural relations," says Gayane, of the MENA cohort. Following the IPTI, she founded Identity and Worldview, a Youth-focused NGO in Gyumri, Armenia. The NGO educates people of the Caucasus, Europe and Middle East on resilience and analytical thinking. Her current project promotes dialogue between the communities of hosting countries and immigrants, and equips Gyumrian youths and young Syrian immigrants with knowledge of intercultural dialogue, respect, tolerance and leadership skills through informal education.


Charmaine Baconga, IPTI 2016

Dialogue on Land Conflict in the Philippines

Charmaine (Xx) of Balay Mindanaw, the Philippines, is an IPTI SE Asia participant who helped train community leaders in North Catabato on: paralegalism (putting the law in the hands of farmers & communities), dialogues, and employing nonviolence in conflict resolution. Upon returning from her IPTI experience, an encounter between two local communities led to violence. Aside from documenting this, Charmaine and her team also assited the local leaders explore options toward a negotiated settlement-after exhausting listening processes and dialogues between parties.


Raihal Fajri, IPTI 2016

Civil Society Best Practices in Aceh, Indonesia

Raihal, from the SE Asia cohort is now the executive director of Katahati Institute-an Indonesian NGO focused on democracy and good governance. She works on civil society best practices and peacebuilding in Aceh-providing the newly established Truth and Reconciliation Commission with data and documentation about victims and civil society best practice in Aceh during conflict and after peace.


Amporn Marddent, IPTI 2016

Connecting Women in Mediation Projects

Cultural Studies lecturer at Walailak University, and SE Asia IPTI participant, Amporn Marddent, from Southern Thailand, visited Raihal and Shadia Marhaban in Aceh Indonesia as part of an exposure visit and research study on Women and Peacebuilding in the Asia Pacific region. She connected with Raihal to explore peacebuilding principals that have been effectively developed with civil society. Amporn is planning similar research visits with two SE Asia IPTI trainees, Ruby and Andy, in Indonesia.


Reham Elgebaly, IPTI 2014

Integrating Asylum Seekers in Egyptian Schools

Since the MENA IPTI, Reham has become a Senior Civic Education Consultant for the Egyptian government. She is charged with establishing a policy for including Syrian students within the Egyptian educational system. She manages workshops and activities-encouraging the Egyptian students to welcome those who are in need of the country's help. "I will use the experience I gained from IPTI trainings to achieve my goals."

From a deep commitment to the role of women and in support of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR1325) on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS), Mediators Beyond Borders International (MBBI) seeks to increase the number of women mediators and peacebuilders engaging in peace processes from the local to the international level. Here is a great resource for a 'by the numbers' of WPS from Our Secure Future. It achieves this by conducting International Peace Training Institutes (IPTIs) in multiple regions across the globe.

Objectives of IPTI-WIP

  • Support women to lead a range of conflict resolution and transformation processes in their communities, regions, countries
  • Increase peacebuilding projects in the participants’ home countries that improve conditions and involve more women in creating social change
  • Equip women to contribute to peace negotiations and to lead civil society efforts to hold institutions and non-state actors accountable for sustainable peace and development
  • Empower women to transform their communities by capitalizing on the successes of other nations that have emerged from conflict
  • Build networks to leverage the efforts of each person and to attain a sustained women’s community of practice

Over the last seven years, MBBI has worked with five WIP cohorts in different regions of the world, training and coaching 117 women who have then gone on to affect hundreds more through the work they have done in training, facilitating, creating programs, mediating, becoming leaders.

Watch this global webinar from three of our alumni in the SouthEast Asia cohort hosted by the South East Asia Women Peace Negotiators and Mediators.

Meet our global cohorts here:

Eastern Europe

Southeast Asia

Middle East and North Africa

Andean Region

West Africa