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.
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Search for Common Ground Nepal launched the consolidated report on ‘Women, Peace and Security Agenda’ in Nepal. The consolidated report is part of ‘Strengthening the Implementation of Women, Peace and Security Agenda in Nepal: Towards the Implementation of the National Action Plan on UNSCRs 1325 and 1820′, a project spearheaded by the Government of Nepal and UN Women, funded by the Government of Finland.
The report indicates that over the project period violence against women has decreased by 10%, including the violence and discrimination associated with social norms. The evidence also reflects that more than half of the women in the project districts are active in decision-making.