Inclusivity, or a whole-of-society approach, in conflict transformation refers to the idea that sustainable and just peace can only be achieved by bringing together the aspirations, interests, and needs of all concerned individuals, groups, and segments of society. Inclusivity is a central concern in all stages of conflict transformation and ranges across tracks and structures. This approach follows the assumption that including a broader range of actors, as well as taking into account local traditions, realities, and cultures, will lead to more effective and sustainable peacebuilding. In addition, inclusive peacemaking and broader peacebuilding processes contribute to transformative change in society, which is about transforming repressive/unequal power relations for more equitable norms and relations to emerge, which then contributes to sustaining peace.  

The Network pays special attention to the promotion of gender equality and youth participation, while recognising the intersectionality of exclusion dynamics, such gender or age based discrimination or discrimination based on socio-economic status, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, etc. The Network recognizes the need to pay special attention to the most vulnerable groups, such as people with disabilities and ethnic and religious minorities. The Network’s understanding of inclusivity is encapsulated in the UN’s 2030 Agenda pledge, Leave No One Behind.

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