Working with civil society groups, WCI’s Peacebuilding & Conflict Mitigation curriculum creates trainings, programs, and media campaigns focused on enhancing the advocacy and leadership skills of women leaders, thereby increasing their ability to effectively participate in conflict prevention, mitigation, resolution, and peacebuilding efforts. WCI educates communities and leaders about the importance of engaging women in the peacebuilding process, leading to peaceful solutions to community and national conflicts.
Women’s rights and legal literacy
In Malawi, cultural land practices that discriminate against women, particularly widows, can result in them losing rights to their land. High illiteracy rates among women (71%) hinders awareness of their rights and how to access legal resources and resolve conflicts. Seeking to address this issue, WCI joined with the Women Judges Association of Malawi (WOJAM) to empower women with leadership and legal advocacy skills.
In April 2017, over 500 rural women, men, and children were trained in legal literacy and property rights. Traditional songs and community theater were used in the training to educate women on leadership, the court system and legal resources.
conflict prevention and peace-building
WCI began working in Timor-Leste in 2015, building the capacity of local organizations to empower women under the U.S. Department of State’s Global Women, Peace, and Security Initiative. WCI's inaugural program focused on peace building and women's empowerment by working with local NGO Ba Futuru to train rural women in peace building, community mobilization, and conflict prevention. Each of the 91 participants left trainings with an action plan on how to acheieve their professional, personal, and family goals.
In addition to the trainings, with the support of SAGE Publications, WCI and Ba Futuru put on six community theater productions. These productions conveyed difficult messages about women's equality and conflict mitigation. These productions reached over 2,250 men, women, and youth, including community leaders such as vice administrators, police commanders, and village chiefs.