Kristin Williams is senior writer and program officer at The Institute for Inclusive Security, where she tells stories of women’s courageous leadership and brings to light their innovative approaches to creating and sustaining peace. Over the last three years, she’s interviewed dozens of Syrian women to document their local-level peacebuilding activities.
These 16 women — who recently came together in Cambridge, Massachusetts — are working to end violence in their communities. From Mexico to Myanmar, Sudan to South Sudan, Iraq to Ukraine, they are defying the notion that violence is inevitable, or that injustice should be tolerated.
Commentary: Women fight wars, too, and can make or break peace. Female fighters returning from the field must be fully integrated into disarmament efforts.
What does bravery look like? These Syrian women.