To more effectively embed the principles of justice, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (JDEIA) in peacebuilding, the field must move beyond just recognizing issues of inequities and exclusion for women and other populations that face injustice. True progress will require us to incorporate the unique perspectives and diverse contributions of women into JDEIA strategies at every level of peacebuilding processes — from opening spaces for intersectional collaboration to defining expectations for meaningful allyship. 

On November 2, USIP hosted a conversation on the role of women in creating an inclusive and equitable path forward for the peacebuilding field. The discussion brought together women practitioners and academics from a range of generational and geographical backgrounds to examine what their diverse experiences with equity and inclusion can tell us about the state of JDEIA in peacebuilding — as well as what can be done to better elevate women’s voices in the future.

Continue the conversation on Twitter using #JDEIAUSIP.


Joseph Sanywelcoming remarks
Vice President, Africa Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

Liz Hume, keynote remarks  
Executive Director, Alliance for Peacebuilding

Dorothy Nyambi 
Chief Executive Officer and President, Mennonite Economic Development Associates  

Esra Çuhadar 
Senior Expert, Dialogue and Peace Processes, U.S. Institute of Peace

Shannon Paige 
Policy Associate, Peace Direct

Maria Antonia Montes, moderator 
Program Officer, Latin America, U.S. Institute of Peace

Kathleen Kuehnast, closing remarks  
Director, Gender Policy and Strategy, U.S. Institute of Peace

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