Philanthropic Investments in the Emerging Field of Women, Peace and Security

Philanthropic Investments in the Emerging Field of Women, Peace and Security

Funding for efforts to enhance women's contributions to conflict resolution and peace making, the prevention of violence against women during and after conflicts, and the building of cultures of peace lags that for global health, international development, and humanitarian relief, a report from the Peace and Security Funders Group finds. According to Philanthropic Investments in the Emerging Field of Women, Peace and Security (15 pages, PDF), the participation of women in peace negotiations and the full range of decision-making institutions helps to ensure that critical societal needs and priorities are incorporated into conflict settlements, improving the odds of a just and lasting peace. At the same time, efforts to empower women and prevent violence must address cultures of violence and the patriarchal political systems that lead to inequities and violence in the first place. According to the report, thirty-six private U.S. and international foundations made grants totaling an estimated $36 million in 2010 in support of women, peace, and security initiatives, with almost half (49 percent) of those dollars funding the mobilization, training, and education of women.