IAS Fellow's Public Lecture - Bridging Identity Conflict Fault Lines: Women and Youth Engagement in Community to National Peace Processes
Several peace processes in recent years have demonstrated the important influence of deepening identity conflict fault lines on official negotiations. In a response to conflict and violence, women and youth continue to transcend these identity divides—religious, ethnic, socio-economic—to work together to bridge gaps, air and address tensions, build trust, advance and inspire community to national level peace processes, negotiate with extremist actors, progressively reconcile and build trust. Despite successes while under intense threats, their peace work is impactful yet is often invisible. They are often not recognized, resulting in their capacities remaining untapped as a vital resource for ensuring more inclusive peace processes that transcend identities and result in more durable negotiated agreements and implementations. This public lecture analyzes the challenges, opportunities, specific methods, and amplifies the role of women and youth actors’ capacities to transcend identity divides, with a focus on religious and ethnic conflict fault lines at the community to national level peace processes in Afghanistan, Myanmar, South Thailand, South Sudan and Libya.
This lecture is free and open to all.
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