Experiences in conflict areas demonstrate that greater inclusion of civil society in peace processes improves the chances of success

Youth and Women at the Peace Table

Throughout history, negotiations about war and peace have been exclusive processes dominated by male political and military leaders. Nevertheless, traditional approaches are inadequate for tackling complex contemporary conflicts that are often internal or transnational involving multiple non-state actors and often-predatory states. Too many current peacemaking and mediation efforts fail in the country for the past decades.

But too often, peace negotiations take place between the immediate warring parties and exclude large segments of society. Thus, the negotiations and consequently the future of the country are defined by those who used violence to further their goals, while excluding the experiences of people who had the courage to work non-violently and take responsibility for their communities in the midst of war.

Experiences in conflict areas – recently reflected in quantitative and qualitative studies – demonstrate that greater inclusion of unarmed non-state actors (civil society) in peace processes improves the chances of success. Early engagement and direct representation and/or access to the negotiating table can make positive differences. Internationally, there is growing interest and support for more inclusive peace and mediation processes. But the practicalities of ‘how’ to do this remain a challenge.

       

Ubaxa Caasimada is working with the target communities especially the people of Mogadishu to have increased skills and linkages to be able to actively engage and influence duty bearers on behalf of right-holders in their communities and promote gender equality, human rights, women, and youth in democracy and good governors

 

Ubaxa Caasimada Peace Initiative

Ensuring inclusivity and gender sensitivity in peace making

How do we achieve a Better Peace?

By including civil society, especially youth and women, in peace negotiations and peace building and ensuring gender sensitivity in all processes.

How do we make the Peace sustainable?

By implementing peace agreements and ensuring that thematic topics addressed, such as transitional justice, devolution, and security sector reform are gender sensitive and inclusive

How is Ubaxa Caasimada contributing?

  1. We develop pragmatic guidance, such as animations, discussion guides, and trainings for the inclusion of youth and women peace-builders and offer proactive steps to broaden participation
  2. Sports for peace and development, Ubaxa Caasimada launched an annual  Peace Appearance Tournaments in 2017 to commemorate the importance of peace for the socio-economic well-being of our communities in Mogadishu
  3. Promoted youth engagements in social and community volunteer works to minimize the exposure of the youth in crimes, SGBV, drugs and substance use,

 

“If war is the industry of men, let peace be the industry of women.”

— Amal Basha, Chair of the Sisters’ Arab Forum for Human Rights & Member

of the Yemen National Dialogue Conference