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Towards Inclusive Peace: Gender and Peacemaking Strategy 2.0 (2024-2025)

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The Institute’s three core values are quality, integrity and respect. These are not only important in a conflict resolution context, but they also guide our actions and inform our decisions as we continue to develop our operational capacity to deliver. Respect for gender equality is part of these values for broader inclusion and comprehensive efforts to promote lasting peace.

At the Institute, we support dialogue and mediation between powerful actors whilst working to ensure that the needs and perspectives of those affected by conflict help shape the agenda of resolution. This is fundamental for delivering processes resulting in sustainable peace and is reflected in our commitment to promoting inclusive dialogue with conflict-affected populations and engaging with all parties to conflict. Evidence over past decades indicates that effective and consistent gender inclusion in conflict resolution can contribute to inclusive political dialogue and sustained peace.

This strategy sets out ways in which the Institute will advance a whole-of-organisation approach to including gender perspectives and women’s meaningful participation in conflict resolution. Spanning from January 2024 to December 2025, this document updates the first Gender and Peacemaking Strategy (2020-2023), which outlined our approach to evidence-informed gender inclusion and implementation of the political ambition defined in the Women Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda.

We believe that creating conditions for peace among societies and powerful actors is indispensable and can save lives. However, commitment to inclusivity and sustainability is not enough; we are both making the case and acting to make it a reality – in an increasingly challenging environment. We want to go the extra mile: to engage parties to the conflict, including the most controversial and difficult to reach, and catalyse dialogue even when it seems impossible or politically risky. We strengthen the voice and agency of people directly affected by conflict – and help powerful actors understand the value of broader inclusion in conflict resolution. Armed parties play an essential role in pursuing the end to conflict – and so do civil society and women as politically marginalised groups in society. We are committed to connecting these parties, fostering understanding for the value and necessity to meaningfully engage with one another for lasting solutions to conflict.

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