It has been a unique election year. For the first time in US history, it looks like the frontrunner for the Democratic Party will be a woman. For the first time in US history, it looks like the frontrunner for the Republican Party will be a celebrity real-estate mogul. Mud has been slung, slogans have been hashtagged, and we find ourselves in the midst of an election year that has fueled heated discussion of citizenship, gender, and race. In the United States we will no doubt be in need of some local peacebuilding in the final run up to the November elections and in the aftermath of these elections, regardless of who wins.
Today is International Women’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate the role that women have played in shaping the world. Often conflict disproportionately affects women, as they are targets for sexual violence or are left without support if their families are killed. But this is not the only story. Women are also powerful promoters of peace.