She Builds Peace Campaign – Stand with Women Peacebuilders
Date: May 8, 2020
What is the She Builds Peace Campaign?
She Builds Peace is a collaborative campaign and a global call to action for you to stand with women peacebuilders. Our goal is to ensure that women peacebuilders are safe and protected, that governments fulfill their obligations to include them in peace and security decision making, and that women peacebuilders are appreciated and resourced to continue their critical work.
The work of women peacebuilders is dangerous by nature, and they are often targeted for doing it. We must ensure they are safe and have the protection they need so they can build a more peaceful world for us all.
Nations around the world have promised to make peace and security inclusive through ten UN Security Council Resolutions. Governments must fulfill their obligations to ensure women peacebuilders a seat at the table.
Women peacebuilders are courageous and effective leaders, building the bridges to end violence and bring their communities together. Their work is difficult and dangerous. We can play a part in building peace by appreciating women peacebuilders.
We know the solutions to our world’s problems begin with peace, yet resources rarely follow. Women peacebuilders receive less than one percent of global aid spending. must shift our resources to focus on putting the world back together, instead of tearing it apart.
Who are Women Peacebuilders?
The First Responders
Women peacebuilders are the superheroes that step in, stand up and speak out against violence. They are the first responders, who negotiate with armed actors to get food and medicine to the most needy, help the displaced and the victims of rape and torture, and call for dialogue instead of more deaths to resolve conflicts.
Women peacebuilders imagine a life free of violence, offering dignity and rights and security for everyone. They recognize that for peace to take root, the truths and the pain of all sides must be heard.
The Voices of Their Communities
Women peacebuilders listen to the women and men in their communities and amplify their voices in the world, demand ceasefires, disarm fighters, and show that true courage means resolving conflicts with words not guns.
When others are fueled by fear and mistrust and cannot imagine living side by side together in peace, women peacebuilders are envisioning a different future, where violence does not determine lives. They’re building communities as the space for trust and acceptance, where pluralism, equality and dignity for all is valued. They are creating islands of positive peace even in a sea of violence. They show how we waste resources on weapons and militaries when they could go towards development and dignity for all.