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Investing in grassroots women’s groups is our best hope for global peace

By Jim Davis      

These groups in conflict and post-conflict zones bring together warring parties to resolve differences through dialogue, and challenge traditional patriarchal norms that disempower women.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau ought to boost aid spending and focus it on grassroots women's groups to help facilitate sustainable and equitable peace, says KAIROS' Jim Davis. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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During the recent UN peacekeeping defence ministerial conference in Vancouver, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada’s Elsie Initiative to employ more women as “boots on the ground” in peace operations. While the idea of more female peacekeepers generated interest, the government’s recently announced Feminist International Assistance Policy could have more far-reaching and longer-lasting positive impacts for global peace. Through the policy, Canada will commit 95 percent of its bilateral international development assistance to women’s rights and gender equality, with a

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