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In this report authored by Güley Bor, Güneş Daşlı and Nisan Alıcı, we examine how LGBTI+ and women’s organizations that struggle for peace in Turkey understand peace and the practices involved in their struggle, by centering the peace process which took place for a peaceful transformation of the Kurdish conflict in Turkey.

Through in-depth interviews with participants from various LGBTI+ and women’s organizations that undertook activities on peace surrounding the 2013-2015 peace process, we take a closer look at experiences of organizations with a gender focus in the peace struggle.

We discuss certain concepts we find significant in terms of the relationship between gender and peace, and aim to leave a record for potential processes in the future by looking at the period when the hope for peace was the strongest through the eyes of grassroots actors.