Building a Continuum of Peace: From Schools to Global Policy
WISCOMP has been a pioneer in initiating the discourse on women, peace, and security in South Asia. It was at the forefront of engaging with these issues, well before they found articulation in the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 in October 2000. WISCOMP’s work has converged with later international articulations on the role of women in building peace and security. Its pioneering efforts have yielded a robust network across borders and boundaries that highlight the leadership of women in the areas of peace and security—a space that was hitherto not fully encouraging of the participation of women.
WISCOMP draws on innovative and experiential pedagogies that synergize research, training, and practice. These are used to build linkages between individuals who work in the fields of education, gender studies, peacebuilding, public policy, law, and the creative arts. Its practice builds on a body of research that covers over 200 scholarly publications, reflecting cutting-edge ideas from the areas of international relations, feminist ethnography, educational philosophy, development and peace studies.
It is an initiative of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility, which was established with funds from the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 1989. WISCOMP has drawn into its fold several vibrant regional networks that strive to translate the normative imperatives of UN global compacts such as the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women), and UN resolutions that impact on women’s roles in building peace, promoting justice, restoring rights, and fostering empathy.
Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace strives to……..
- Enhance the role of women in collaboration with men as peacebuilders, negotiators and as agents for nonviolent social change.
- Empower a new generation of women and men with the expertise and skills to engage in peace activism through educational and training programs in Conflict Transformation.
- Contribute to an inclusive, people-oriented discourse on issues of security that respects diversity and which foregrounds the perspectives of women and marginalized groups.
- Facilitate innovative research on ways to resolve and transform violent and destructive conflicts.
- Build synergy between theory, practice and policy—between academicians, grassroots peacebuilders, political leaders, and lawmakers.
- Build constituencies of peace through multi-track diplomacy, peace advocacy, and national, regional and global civil society dialogues foregrounding gender-sensitive training, research, and practice.
- Work with educational institutions to foster a culture of peace and respect for the rights of peoples through the development of curricula and innovative pedagogy.