Supporting Afghan Women in the 2014 Transition

Supporting Afghan Women in the 2014 Transition

Thursday, February 26, 2015

By: Amy Calfas

The 2014 elections in Afghanistan saw great promise for advancing the status of women, with unprecedented voter turnout among women and powerful rhetoric from presidential candidates. As the new administration sets its agenda, this report offers guidelines for Afghan leaders to fulfill their campaign promises by strengthening women’s political participation, access to justice, and involvement in the security sector. 

Type: Peace Brief

Gender; Democracy & Governance

USIP: Summit Resources on Africa

USIP: Summit Resources on Africa

Sunday, August 3, 2014

What is Boko Haram and why are youths in Nigeria so drawn to it? What’s happening behind the headlines of war in South Sudan? In Libya? And what IS CVE (Countering Violent Extremism)? The probing research and on-the-ground action of the experts, partners and grantees of the U.S. Institute of Peace can help answer those questions and many more likely to arise during this first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. USIP has worked in Africa for years, and its staff has decades of e...

South Sudanese, Rwandans Share Stories of Resilience in Search of Hope

South Sudanese, Rwandans Share Stories of Resilience in Search of Hope

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

By: Nicoletta Barbera; Danielle Robertson

Twenty years after the genocide, Rwanda is often seen as an example of reconciliation and social reintegration. Reminders of the systemic violence perpetrated by the government that began in 1992, in addition to the 100 days of genocide in 1994, are barely visible at the surface. But University of Rwanda lecturer Alice Karekezi notes that “the Rwandan people still carry the scars of war.”  And it is still considered taboo to discuss ethnicity in public. But dialogue clubs have emerged in comm...

Type: In the Field

Gender

Afghan Women Challenge Presidential Candidates in Forum

Afghan Women Challenge Presidential Candidates in Forum

Thursday, February 6, 2014

By: Nicoletta Barbera

“It should not only be in words that we say women comprise 50 percent of the society," said Muhammad Yosuf Nooristani, chairman of Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission. The country must “really give them the chance to participate.” Nooristani made these comments at a USIP-sponsored national conference in Kabul this week that gathered more than 220 women leaders in civil society to discuss the upcoming presidential and provincial elections scheduled for April 5.

Type: In the Field

Gender

Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Transition: An Expert Dialogue with Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan and Tunisian Women

Challenges and Opportunities for Women in Transition: An Expert Dialogue with Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan and Tunisian Women

Monday, December 10, 2012

By: Nicoletta Barbera; Amb. Steve Steiner; Hodei Sultan

On December 7-9, 2012, USIP’s Center for Gender and Peacebuilding brought together a group of Afghan, Iraqi, Libyan and Tunisian women to build on the findings from a June 2012 Dialogue and to identify common challenges and opportunities across the countries.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Gender

USIP & Afghanistan’s Political Transition

USIP & Afghanistan’s Political Transition

Since 2011, USIP has advocated that Afghanistan’s political transition, and the presidential election in particular, will be the most crucial factor in determining the country’s stability post-2014. USIP has conducted research, facilitated discussions, and raised awareness of this issue through publications, projects on the ground, events, and briefings for government officials on the importance of and need to support the political transition. Learn more on USIP’s Support for a Successful Afg...

Conflict Analysis & Prevention; Gender; Religion; Economics & Environment