We aim to support a peace process that is inclusive of diverse perspectives, analysis and ideas. We therefore work to include new and more diverse groups in the peacebuilding process and to give a voice to marginalised groups, particularly young people, women and displaced people.
Through CMI’s established dialogue platform, emerging professionals from all sides of the conflict divides are reaching out to various groups within their societies, including marginalised ones such as youth, displaced people, refugees and radicals. Through capacity-building and study visits to other conflict areas, we help emerging professionals to design impact-oriented and more inclusive peacebuilding initiatives ranging from research and interviews to filmmaking.
Kvinna till Kvinna supports six local women’s organisations that work across the conflict divide to strengthen Armenian and Azerbaijani women’s ability to play a more active part in grassroots peacebuilding efforts and influence decisions that affect their lives. An important component is giving opportunities to these women to meet and share experiences, fostering solidarity and trust between each other. These women work in their communities to empower conflict-affected women and youth. We train local women how to advocate for women’s rights in the peace process, and communicate to local and international decision-makers the message that women are important actors for peace and should be included in decision-making that shapes the future of their societies.
Conciliation Resources works with Armenian and Azerbaijani partners to engage their societies in internal dialogue around peacebuilding and conflict transformation, including in Nagorno-Karabakh. Through targeted film screenings, roundtable discussions and other activities local partners reach out to various groups, including displaced persons and youth.
International Alert supported a series of discussion events on lessons from other conflicts, where hundreds of people in marginalised communities, including those who do not usually have opportunities to engage in the debate, discussed peacebuilding possibilities through a new lens. Our local outreach methodology addresses the need for a more intensive internal reflection on the costs of the conflict, and constructively and sensitively visualises how communities perceive and understand peace.