Many Somali women leaders are well equipped to participate in conflict resolution, but are often sidelined from formal procedures. Women's roles in the peace processes often do not consider gender-specific needs and challenges, including the cultural stigma of sensitive topics and risks women face in (post)conflict areas. Without female perspectives on issues such as clan conflict, land disputes, and gender violence, women will not receive a fair solution to conflicts in their own communities.
We will train local women to mentor their peers in mediation, communication, dispute resolution, and trauma healing to increase women's ability to impact issues that directly affect them. We will engage both male and female peace workers in gender sensitivity training to raise awareness about these issues and their wider implications for peacebuilding. Informative workshops and discussions at the community level will enable inclusive involvement in peace at local, regional, and national levels.
Conflict Dynamics' work will propel women to be even more effective peacebuilders, mentors, and role models, actively working together to create solutions for peace which represent the greater needs of their communities. Experience in local dispute resolution will lead to more inclusive participation and sensitivity to issues affecting women at all levels of peace making. Strong conflict resolution mechanisms at the community level will foster abilities and enthusiasm in future generations.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
Conflict Dynamics International Brochure
Work of the Conflict Dynamics' Somali Program
Gender Equity across Conflict Dynamics' programs
Children in Armed Conflict Accountability Program