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.
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.
WCI trained 75 women from rural and indigenous communities on human rights and policy development through 25 talk shows featuring women leaders and discussions on women’s participation in conflict resolution. 25 current and aspiring women leaders participated in a series of 5 Training of Trainers workshops on advocacy, coalition building, and political solutions to the conflict & UN Security Council Resolution 1325.