Throughout history, women have constantly been neglected as important peacemakers. But it is crucial to focus on women as leaders, peacemakers and community builders to overcome the root of today's conflicts.
In recent years, the extent of violent extremism and militarization has increased sharply in the enlarged Middle East and South Asia. Figures from the Global Terrorism Index show that the increase in people killed by terrorism was the largest ever from 2013 to 2014. The economic costs associated with terrorism and violent extremism are also record high: just under 53 billion US dollars. Almost 80 percent of all killings took place in five countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria. Ten of the eleven countries most affected by terrorism also have the highest numbers of refugees and. . .