Across the Middle East and North Africa, we planted the seed for a united front that can advance the cause of women rights.
In the Great Lakes region of Africa, land is at the center of people’s livelihoods and identity. Land scarcity and ownership are key drivers of violent conflict in the area, often mitigated by local mediation mechanisms.
Traditionally, women’s participation in the mediation of land conflict has been very limited. Lately, they have been playing a growing role, thanks to the support of governments and traditional institutions.
To support the peaceful resolution of land conflicts, Search for Common Ground is partnering with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands on the project Strengthen Citizen Participation on Critical Social Issues to Prevent Land Conflict in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. To achieve the project’s goals, we are organizing exchanges between key land stakeholders–including government representatives, traditional leaders, and civil society organizations–from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda; building the skills of land actors in each country; and leading media initiatives.
As part of the project, we conducted 4 case studies focusing on the role of women in the mediation of local land conflict and on their impact on peacebuilding in the Great Lakes.
Known as ‘Mama Gender,’ Nigeria’s Ene Ede is working to ensure that women are equally represented in politics, media, business, and within the home.
In Nepal, women have faced years of oppression and inequality. But after participating in a Search for Common Ground training, Sunaina was inspired to show women’s essentialness to the country through an ancient art form called Mithila.
Inspired by Search – DRC’s human rights training for the Congolese Army, Sylvie launched her own program to protect women from domestic violence.
To facilitate community dialogue on SGBV and improve food security and nutrition, in 2011 Search for Common Ground (Search) partnered with Food for the Hungry as part of the Development Food Assistance Program, “Tuendelee Pamoja I” funded by the United States Agency for International Development. This project seeks to reduce SGBV, while strengthening food security, fortifying nutrition, and improving health outcomes in South Kivu and Tanganyika.
Introducing the first female (and fictional) Prime Minister of Nepal.