Women

Former Nepali combatant picks a new fight… against gender inequality

After the Nepalese Civil War ended, Dambara was left with nothing— until our training turned her into an activist for women’s rights.

La Pépinière: Empowering Women and Girls in the DRC

Funded by DFID, the project La Pépinière tackles the damaging societal norms preventing women and girls from achieving their full potential.

Reclaiming Identity: a Sri Lanka War Survivor’s Quest

To escape the horrors of war, Thanuja shed her identity. Now, she’s reclaiming it — and building a society that looks past ethnic differences.

Building a united front of women leaders

Across the Middle East and North Africa, we planted the seed for a united front that can advance the cause of women rights.

Women Take the Lead: Mediating Land Conflict in the Great Lakes

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.

Nigeria’s ‘Mama Gender’: from child bride to gender activist

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.

2016 #CGAwards: Sunaina

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.