Gendered Political Settlements: Examining Peace Transitions in Bougainville, Nepal and Colombia


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Policy Points: 

  • Deliberately building practical forms of inclusion into peace negotiations, agreements and implementing institutions are ways to seize the opportunities for inclusion during and immediately after the negotiation of a peace agreement.
  • Using an intersectional approach to peacebuilding can help identify patterns of multidimensional and persistent gender discrimination.
  • Longer timeframes and complementary initiatives at all levels of a peace process are needed to overcome resistance to change.
  • Women and other excluded groups working in civil society organisations often create and sustain spaces for inclusive change.
  • International frameworks and standards are useful to leverage for inclusion. However, they need to be complemented by homegrown, bottom-up perspectives, approaches and priorities.
  • Support from international organisations to local activists in the form of solidarity, funding, capacity and network building is invaluable, but needs to be based on gender-sensitive analysis.

Keywords: Bougainville, Colombia, Nepal, Gender, Peace Processes

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