Abstract

This film features the research context and findings of the Gender Centre’s project "The Gender Dimensions of Social Conflicts, Armed Violence and Peacebuilding", part of the Swiss Programme for Research on Global Issues for Development (r4d programme). In Jos (Nigeria) and Aceh (Indonesia), social divisions have degenerated into violent conflicts that broke up communities. Yet through a micro-level approach, the project identified an abundance of efforts at peacebuilding in various communities in Nigeria and Indonesia. Women and men disrupted traditional gender roles and reached out across differences to share perspectives, de-escalate violence and build mutual trust. Peacebuilding programmes are more likely to foster sustainable peace if they address inequalities and if they are strategised inclusively, involving all religions, minorities, and both women and men.

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