Women and Peacebuilding in Africa

Annette Hornischer / Fellows Spring 2017 / Aili Tripp / 2017 01 19

Leaders

UW Madison’s Center for Research on Gender and Women is part of a three-institution consortium on women and peacebuilding. Dr. Aili Tripp is working with eight researchers on the study, which aligns with the UW-Madison and 4W UNESCO Chair on Gender, Wellbeing and a Culture of Peace. 4W is proud to celebrate and champion her work.

Activities and Impacts

The research addresses three themes: inclusion and exclusion of women in postconflict governance, women activists’ informal peacebuilding strategies, and women’s legal rights as a site of contestation in North Africa. In an interview, Dr. Tripp discussed the importance and purpose of the project: “Questions of political inclusion have not been extensively researched in predominantly Muslim countries that have suffered from extremist violence. Yet women and advocates of women’s rights have not only been among the first attacked by extremists, but they have also been among the most ardent opponents of this type of extremism. Women’s rights activists are often the staunchest advocates not only for women’s rights but also for broader democratic, legal, and social reforms.”

Next Steps

• Findings and policy recommendations will be used to engage policymakers at the international and national level.

• The project will provide opportunities for women’s rights activists and scholars to create networks around these issues.

• 4W looks forward to incorporating insights from this scholarship and seeking synergies with 4W partnerships and programs.