|International Campaign Points to Especial Importance of the
2011 Nobel Peace Prize|
| [05.12.2011, 04:25pm, Mon. GMT]|
|The Institute for Inclusive Security announced today a global campaign focusing on an overlooked aspect of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, which is being awarded “for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work.” Activities in 25 countries between now and the Oslo ceremony on December 10 will call on thousands to “Rise with the Prize.”“The committee has shined a light on the essential and age-old work of women preventing and stopping war across the globe,” said Ambassador Swanee Hunt, founder of The Institute for Inclusive Security and Harvard’s Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy. “This is a wake-up call to the policy community that it must no longer ignore women leaders, our most valuable untapped resource for global stability.”|
The women behind Rise with the Prize are members of Inclusive Security’s Women Waging Peace Network, including Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and activist Leymah Gbowee, both 2011 Nobel Peace laureates. The network of more than 1,000 women works with high-level policy makers spanning Congo, Colombia, and Korea, advocating for the officials’ recognition and support of their and other women’s leadership stopping violent conflict.
Both Liberians mobilized large constituencies that bridged religious and ethnic divides. Gbowee’s political organizing during the brutal 14-year civil war contributed to a record number of women registering to vote, which helped elect Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first (and only) elected female president. The president is a global symbol of women’s particular ability to stabilize nations reeling from war. Since taking office in 2006, she has dramatically advanced economic and social development, as well as national reconciliation.
Rise with the Prize activities are currently planned for Afghanistan, Bosnia, Cambodia, Colombia, Fiji, Israel, Lebanon, Liberia, Nepal, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Pakistan, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Uganda, and the United States. Plans range from ceremony-watching parties to art exhibitions, movie screenings, and press opinion pieces. Organizations supporting the campaign include the National Democratic Institute, Vital Voices, Women in International Security, Peace x Peace, and the Karuna Center for Peacebuilding.
Individuals and organizations interested in participating can consult http://risewiththeprize.org.
The Institute for Inclusive Security uses research, training, and advocacy to promote the inclusion of all stakeholders, particularly women, in peace processes. We work with a global network of well over 1,000 women leaders from more than 40 conflict regions. Our research gives policymakers new strategies to drive inclusion by examining tangible contributions of women peacebuilders. Our training provides leaders with the specialized skills and knowledge to direct local, national, and international peacebuilding. Our advocacy to high-level policymakers promotes change that makes peace processes more broad based, and thus sustainable. Learn more at http://www.inclusivesecurity.org.
Hunt Alternatives Fund, a family foundation based in Cambridge, MA, provokes sustainable social change through a blend of operating and grantmaking programs. Since its founding in Denver in 1981, the Fund has contributed more than $90 million toward a wide spectrum of social issues. Currently working to strengthen youth arts organizations, support social movement leaders, advocate for inclusive peace processes, combat the demand for modern-day slavery, and inspire women to political leadership, we convene allies, build their capacity, and empower them to achieve systemic change. To learn more, visit the Hunt Alternatives Fund website at http://huntalternatives.org.
The Institute for Inclusive Security is a program of Hunt Alternatives Fund.