Women, Religion, and Peace: Experience, Perspectives, and Policy Implications
Scholars and practitioners have devoted increasing attention to the roles played by faith communities in negotiating and building peace in the world's conflict zones. Because formal religious leadership tends to be dominated by men, women's engagement in religious peacemaking has received far less attention. To address this knowledge gap, the US Institute of Peace, the Berkley Center, and the World Faiths Development Dialogue are conducting a multiyear exploration of the activities and perspectives of women in peacebuilding and their policy implications.
step in this project was a symposium in Washington DC in July 2010. This event
brought together an invited group of practitioners, academics, and
policy analysts. Together this group explored conflict situations
where women, with ties to religious traditions and institutions, play
active parts. Women's stories and perspectives were the focus. The
group sought to draw conclusions from this experience in terms of
distinctive women's contributions both to process and to agendas, and
will consider implications for the theory and practice of religious
peacemaking when gender is taken more explicitly into account.
Participants formulated recommendations for how outsiders can best
strengthen and support women's religious peacemaking. The symposium
drew on in-depth interviews with participants and others with
pertinent experience. A report followed the symposium and pointed to
more in depth exploration of specific cases. A second symposium in 2012 sought to address pertinent themes and possible recommendations to policy makers and peacemakers on issues of local peacebuilding, drawing from the first phase of the project and new inputs contained in the papers.
Please address questions to Katherine Marshall (Berkley Center, WFDD) and Susan Hayward (USIP).
>>View 2010 meeting report
>>View 2012 meeting report
>>View project report
>>View interview publication
>>Knowledge Resources on women, religion, and peace
Women, Religion, and Peace Interview Series
February 29, 2012
"Women, Religion, and Peace: Exploring Experience, Probing Complexity" Meeting Report
January 6, 2012
Women in Religious Peacebuilding
May 1, 2011
Women, Religion, and Peace: Meeting Report
July 8, 2010
Women's Religious Peacebuilding Symposium
January 5, 2012
An Exchange on Women's Roles for Peace: Is Religion a Source of Strength or an Obstacle?
July 8, 2010