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A Feminist Approach

Meet Lida from Armenia. Lida shares her journey into peacebuilding and why she chose to co-found the organisation Women's Agenda.

The Real Stories of Peace: A Feminist Approach.

Meet Lida from Armenia. Lida has been committed to building peace her whole life.

Portrait of person staring directly down the lens of a camera. Quote written on the image "My whole life is defined by conflict and peace, because I have lived my whole life in conflict and I strive for peace."

After the war in 2020, people across Armenia were devastated and felt as though a decade of activism had failed as the war was not prevented. There were thousands of casualties and even more people forcibly displaced by the conflict.

Lida became all too aware of how under-represented women are in decision-making processes regarding the conflict and peace negotiations.

Two women working together at a desk. Overlayed with the quote “We want [more] women to lead peacebuilding and official negotiation processes ...allies among international stakeholder and decision-makers.”.

This is why Lida and a fellow feminist peace activist, Knarik, co-founded Women’s Agenda. A peacebuilding organisation that uplifts women’s resilience and knowledge to build peaceful communities and a sustainable future.

Lida and Knarik initiated Women’s Peace Academies and engaged expert and activist women to gain an advanced understanding of the conflict.

Through Women’s Agenda, Lida and Knarik are building a network of women peacebuilders who are involved in peace negotiations.

Lida sitting at a desk with an notebook explaining work. Overlayed with a quote “It was a remarkable result to see these women gain their confidence and start believing that they can be negotiators,"

Recently fighting erupted again, forcing 100,632 people from the Nagorno-Karakakh to flee to Armenia. Lida and her colleagues have been working tirelessly to support humanitarian efforts and continue building long-lasting peace.

“I am full of hope that the conflict will be resolved and that we will live in peace.”

For Lida, peace starts with feminist peace.

Lida sitting on a chair looking into the camera.

"Women make up half of the population, but are excluded from formal peace negotiations. That makes no sense"

"Women make up half of the population, but are excluded from formal peace negotiations. That makes no sense"

"I am full of hope that the conflict will be resolved and that we will live in peace."

"I am full of hope that the conflict will be resolved and that we will live in peace."