The Power of Women in Ending Conflict & Building Peace

Too often women are voiceless in the escalation, duration and resolution of wars and armed conflict and yet they are always affected.  In the last few years, there has been a palpable shift as governments, NGOs, and even revolutionaries and warlords, begin to see what is possible when women, especially mothers, are brought into peace processes. 

The Million Moms Challenge sat down to talk with Carla Koppell, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment, about how to engage women in ending wars and rebuilding a countries post-conflict. 


By Lauren Fisher, Emergency Communications Officer, World Vision 

For the past five weeks I’ve been deployed in Niger to cover the growing food crisis.  Right now, the government estimates at least 9 million people are vulnerable and likely not to have access to enough food. Traveling throughout the region I could already see the tell-tale signs: some leaving their villages to seek work in the cities, others going to bed hungry many nights as they space out their meals.   

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