Rodriguez-Carrión, Vivianna (2009). "How do women who experience extreme violence during conflict become agents of peace within a peace-building process? " Paper presented at the 6th annual conference of the HDCA, 10-12 September 2009, Lima, Peru.

In post conflict situations of today there exist many women’s organizations that are working together for a common benefit for both their families and their communities. Theses associations develop significant change within their communities at a local, national and international level achieving a social, political and economic impact. Unfortunately they encounter many obstacles that don’t permit them to be at the forefront of the decision making process and sit at the table of government to be able to make further development. The problem then is often that the policy makers or/and elites are distanced (sometimes culturally, ethnically and/or socially) from the realities that are being experienced by the people who are impacted by these policies. The role that women play in the peace-building process is essential for the reconstruction of their governments and communities in order to avoid future conflict.