We are living through an unprecedented time of upheaval and uncertainty. Social and political violence is surging, and there are more displaced people than ever before. In 2015, more than 65 million people worldwide had to leave their homes due to conflict and persecution.

Increasingly it is civil society pressing for peaceful change. The decades of ongoing violence have shown that the current approaches don’t work. Male-dominated political systems are unable to provide the gender-balanced expertise and approaches needed for peacemaking.

So what does work? What are tangible actions those of us living outside conflict zones – often in countries that contribute directly to violence, through arms sales and international policy – can take to help those living within areas of war?

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