As a result of this experience-sharing exercise, three (3) critical reasons emerged as to why the Federation should consider “Working on Conflict” as a vital component in the new international Strategy.
•Violent conflicts are increasing around the world, exacerbate inequality, and affect communities particularly the women, youth and children living in poverty and exclusion.
There are more people made refugees or internally displaced by conflict now than at any time since WWII. Critical reflections among participants suggest that, regardless of the type of conflict (i.e. ethnic-based, political, ideological, etc.), the most affected by these violent conflicts are women and girls living in poverty and exclusion. However, it is also clear that these women and girls, when given a leadership opportunity, are effective in their roles in protection, rehabilitation, peacebuilding, and in bringing about transformative change. ActionAid has a moral responsibility and must take a political stance to facilitate the centrality of women living in poverty and exclusion, along with youth, in addressing the causes and consequences of violent conflicts.
•Accountability work in the context of conflict is essential to address power imbalances and shift the power to women and girls living in poverty and exclusion; most accountability processes, methodologies and tools that already exist in ActionAid can be used in conflict contexts.
Reaffirming ActionAid’s core HRBA principle of advancing women’s rights, our analysis from sharing different experiences reveals that working on conflict is an opportunity to shift power to women and girls living in poverty and exclusion by enabling women-led responses.