Call: Civil Society & Inclusive Peace – Movements, Resistance and Persistence
Call for Applications
“People power” and mass mobilizations for rights, freedoms and justice are crucial components of peace and transition processes, and central to any meaningful vision of inclusive peace. Broad grassroots campaigns and collective non-violent actions increase participation and agency in peace processes, and draw attention to structural injustices which are often at the root of violent conflict. While their contribution to inclusive peace has been clearly demonstrated in a number of research initiatives looking at broadening inclusion in peace processes, as studied by the Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative (IPTI) and others, the approaches and strategies of civil resistance are rarely integrated into standard peacebuilding tools.
With a global climate of shrinking civic space, and amid calls for all stakeholders to do better on inclusion in peacebuilding, the question of how and when civil resistance and peacebuilding approaches complement each other is perhaps more relevant than ever. Recent efforts by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) and USIP have started looking more closely at this question. IPTI, Peace Direct and ICNC are convening an online consultation to broaden the conversation on this topic. We would like to hear from civil society practitioners and researchers around the world on how you relate to questions such as:
- What can civil society “revolutionaries” and “resolutionaries” learn from each other to make the most of opportunities and mitigate risks associated with their respective approaches?
- What are the lessons from movement building for inclusive peace - to not only mobilize broad constituencies, but also to "walk the walk" and build equality and dialogue capacities from within?
- What strategies have developed from both fields of practice to ensure protection and self-care of people working for peace?
Join this unique opportunity to participate in a timely and dynamic exchange!
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