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Women‘s Initiatives for Peace in Donbas(s) - WIPD

The Women’s Initiatives for Peace in Donbas(s) – WIPD bring together active women from different parts of Ukraine, Russian Federation and other European countries in order to reflect on common paths to peace in Eastern Ukraine. Together with Ukrainian, Russian and Swiss partner organisations, OWEN has initiatied this project in 2016 and currently coordinates the initiatives in close cooperation with its partners.

The conflict in Eastern Ukraine (Donbas/s region) lasting since 2014 has claimed around 15’000 killed, and almost 4 millions of internally and externally displaced people. As a result of the conflict, infrastructure and administrative mechanisms in and around the conflict zone are seriously damaged. The humanitarian and security situation remains precarious – even now, almost six years after the beginning of the armed conflict. Strong enemy images and deep trenches emerged between the different interest groups within Ukraine and between Ukraine and Russia. With the long duration of the conflict, the territories and their populations are getting more and more alienated. Former connections have been cut, and new social, political and economic ties appeared.

Women’s Initiatives for Peace in Donbas(s) gathers women who are affected by the conflict and who are willing to contribute to its peaceful transformation. Personal encounters and dialogue among those who found themselves on different sides of the conflict line help to build confidence, de-construct enemy images, re-humanize representatives of „the other side“ and help to build relationships. During the dialogue meetings participating women discuss intensely about their different perceptions. They jointly analyse and reflect on their roles and possibilities of influencing the conflict. Moreover they set up joint peacebuilding initiatives that contribute to more dialogue and constructive conflict transformation at the level of local communities. As a standing platform for dialogue and cooperation, WIPD builds sustainable structures accross the conflict lines and strengthens women as agents for a peaceful conflict transformation.

>> Women’s Initiatives for Peace in Donbas(s) at a glance


Publications by Women’s Initiatives for Peace in Donbas/s

>> Cécile Druey, Anna Hess, Julia Kaplan, Valentina Cherevatenko, TheMinsk Process: Societal Perceptions and Narratives, OSCE Insights 8 (Baden-Baden: Nomos,2020)

>> Cécile Druey, Anna Hess, Julia Kaplan, Valentina Cherevatenko (2020): Der »Minsker Prozess«: Perspektiven aus der Bevölkerung in der Konfliktregion, in Ukraine Analysen 236

>> Inga Luther, Dana Jirous (2020): Kooperation statt Konfrontation: zivilgesellschaftlicher Dialog als Modell für inklusive Friedensprozesse

>> Dana Jirous, Yulia Soroka (2020): „Диалог в перспективе общества“. Collection of articles “5 Years of Dialogue and 25 Years of Mediation in Ukraine: from Division to Cohesion” In Publisher Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Date 10 March 2020.

Dana Jirouš, Cécile Druey: ""Ehrlich sein, ohne einander gleich umzubringen": Die Women’s Initiatives for Peace in Donbas". In Mehr Dialog wagen! Eine Ermutigung für Politik, gesellschaftliche Verständigung und internationale Friedensarbeit. , herausgegeben von Dirk Splinter und Ljubjana Wüstehube, S. 254–67. Wolfgang Metzner Verlag GmbH, 2020.

>> Dana Jirous (2019): Red lights and diapraxis

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Aktuelle Publikationen der Women’s Initiatives for Peace in Donbas/s
Lesen Sie über Perspektiven aus der Bevölkerung auf den „Minsker Prozess“ in OSCE insights und in der Ausgabe 236 der Ukraine Analysen.
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