Essay Launch: Women and Peacebuilding


This week, the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development is launching Women and Peacebuilding, the eighth essay in its series on human rights and democratic development.

Montreal, 14 June, 1999 This week, the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development is launching Women and Peacebuilding, the eighth essay in its series on human rights and democratic development.

Using gender analysis, Women and Peacebuilding documents various peacebuilding policies, projects, and experiences from around the world. Whether in Northern Ireland, Rwanda or Georgia, women need to have a role in the peace process.

The authors, Dyan Mazurana and Susan McKay of the University of Wyoming in the United States, provide case examples of women’s activities in conflict resolution in South Sudan, Bougainville Island, and the TransCaucasus region as well as the peace efforts of NGOs in the Middle East, the Philippines and Canada.

“This essay clearly illustrates that women have a unique contribution to bring to peacebuilding and that they must play a key role in the decision making process of peace negotiations at the local, national and international level,” International Centre President, Warren Allmand said.

The launch will be held on Wednesday, June 16, 1999 in the Documentation Centre of the International Centre at 63, rue de Br?soles in Old Montreal from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Mr. Allmand; Kathleen Mahoney, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors, and Ariane Brunet, the Coordinator of the Women’s Rights Programme will be in attendance.

“Research on women and peacebuilding is only just beginning, but already this essay offers key lessons from the experiences of women as well as additional avenues for further research into women’s peacebuilding activities,” explained Ms. Brunet. “The International Centre is pleased to have worked with authors Mazurana and McKay in publishing their essay and in relaying women’s strategies for conflict resolution.