International Foundation for Electoral Systems (Women’s Empowerment programs)

Untitled-9The International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) works to support citizens’ rights to participate in free and fair elections. One of the organization’s areas of focus is it’s “Women’s Empowerment” issue area, which focuses on women’s political participation and leadership. 

Women and girls are often burdened by competing priorities and excessive household responsibilities that take away time and potential interest from political activities. As an effective and valuable leader in inclusive democracy and governance, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) works to fortify women in political and electoral processes as candidates and elected leaders, technical experts in elections, engaged civil society leaders and informed voters. IFES implements innovative women’s empowerment activities to increase women’s political participation and leadership.

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The World Justice Project

Untitled-7The World Justice Project® (WJP) is an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law around the world.

The World Justice Project engages citizens and leaders from across the globe and from multiple work disciplines to advance the rule of law. Through Research and Scholarship, the WJP Rule of Law Index, and Engagement, WJP seeks to increase public awareness about the foundational importance of the rule of law, stimulate policy reforms, and develop practical programs at the community level.

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Women’s Campaign International

Untitled-3In partnership with local women and civil society organizations, Women’s Campaign International designs programs that are tailor-made to meet the needs of specific groups of women in communities around the world. Their programs help women find their voices by providing trainings and offering technical assistance in four core areas including political leadership, conflict mitigation, economic empowerment and civic participation. 

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Women’s Learning Partnership

Untitled-1Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) is dedicated to women’s leadership and empowerment. It works with 20 autonomous and independent partner organizations in the Global South, particularly in Muslim-majority societies, to empower women to transform their families, communities, and societies.

They strongly believe that women, working in partnership, will learn the skills and implement the strategies needed to secure human rights, contribute to the development of their communities, and ultimately create a more peaceful world.

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Global Counter-Terrorism Forum (GCTF)

GCTF“Foreign Terrorist Fighters” (FTF) Initiative
The Hague – Marrakech Memorandum on Good Practices for a More Effective Response to the FTF Phenomenon
From the Report: “Good Practice #4 – Empower those who are best-placed to affect change, including youth, families, women, and civil society, to take ownership in the development and messaging of positive counter-narratives to the violent extremist agenda.”



SaferworldSaferworld is a not-for-profit organization with programs in nearly 20 countries and territories across Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Saferworld works with local people affected by conflict to improve their safety and sense of security, and conduct wider research and analysis. They use this evidence and learning to improve local, national and international policies and practices that can help build lasting peace.


CDA Collaborative: The Contribution of Civil Society in Peacebuilding

CDA_colorSince its inception, the Reflecting on Peace Practice Project has examined the roles of civil society actors in building peace at local and broader societal levels. Civil society actors and their work on fostering socio-political change have long drawn the attention of many peace practitioners, researchers and funders — and for good reasons. There are well-known examples where political, religious, and civic groups have coalesced to produce significant amounts of change, as illustrated by the events in Eastern Europe and the Philippines in the 1980s and most recently by the “Arab spring” in the Middle East.

Through RPP’s recent focus on cumulative impacts of peacebuilding, they consider the case evidence in order to answer the following question: When and how have multiple and often disparate civil society efforts added up to ending the violence and consolidating peace?


Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

SIPRIStockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) is an independent international institute in Sweden, dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament. Established on 6 May 1966, SIPRI provides data, analysis and recommendations, based on open source, to policymakers, researchers, media and the interested public.


In the Words of Game Changers…

“This conflict is one thing I’ve been waiting for. I’m well and strong and young – young enough to go to the front. If I can’t be a soldier, I’ll help soldiers.”

Clara Barton • Founder, American Red Cross

“During the march, a North Vietnamese officer beat me twice until I was unconscious — because I was a woman.”

Monika Schwinn • The only western female prisoner of war held by North Vietnamese captors. She was a POW for four years and at one time the only woman prisoner at the “Hanoi Hilton”.

 “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

“I am convinced that the women of the world, united without any regard for national or racial dimensions, can become a most powerful force for international peace and brotherhood.”

Coretta Scott King • Active in U.S. civil rights movement and Non-Violence Center.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Mead

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.”

Albert Einstein

“If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”

Desmond Tutu

“I hate wars and violence but if they come then I don’t see why we women should just wave our men a proud good-bye and then knit them balaclavas.”

Nancy Wake