Summary of the Findings
Uganda has learnt from its experience of the northern Uganda conflict that women’s inputs, in terms of lobbying, peace missions, conferences, recommendations and creating forums and networks at all levels, have contributed to advance the just cause of the role and contribution of women in the various aspects of peace processes and as vital promoters of the culture of peace. Equally, researchers working in conflict and post-conflict countries around the world have cited and recognised the need to include women as active participants in peacebuilding and transitional justice processes rather than maintaining male-dominated approaches. Male-dominated approaches obscure the different and important needs of women in conflict resolution and rebuilding processes. The active participation and inclusion of women highlights the need for international and national actors to address the needs of women appropriately beyond just physical violence. Involving women on the basis of highlighting the difference, rather than obscuring it, reveals the micro-level peacebuilding needs of the women. This way any international, national, and local policy, law, and actors that aim to address and implement programmes will be effective for the whole of society, hence peace is more likely to be sustainable.
KeywordsCivil Society Organisation Capacity-building Empowerment International Organisation Marginalisation Involvement of Women
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