Building Peace: What difference do women make?


August 23


06:00 pm - 07:30 pm


St. John's Scottish Episcopal Church

1A Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

Edinburgh, Edinburgh, GB, EH1 2AB

Just Festival Conversations: Building Peace – What Difference do Women Make?

Wherever there is militarism and war, women are involved in building peace. We see this at every level, from community peacebuilding at the grassroots, to participation in peace talks at national level. Since the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, member states have devoted energy and resources to facilitating and empowering women peacebuilders. But what difference do they make? What are the challenges and barriers they face in attempting to build peace, moreover, a peace that is gender-just and politically and environmentally sustainable? How can the Scottish and UK governments – and citizens – do more to support the building of gender-just sustainable peace?

In the face of this, how can a broad social movement for change, with women at its heart, successfully address the root causes of violence and act to replace them with justice? Women’s peace movements, worldwide, are theorising that gender power relations are significant among the causes of war, and that transformative change in how we ‘live’ gender can be a significant resource for peace.

In conversation with Lesley Orr, Claire Duncanson and Jenny Walter will share stories, celebrate the achievements and consider the challenges confronting women who are activists and agents for peacebuilding in a gender-unequal world