Women at the peace table: making a difference

Women at the peace table: making a difference

The difference women make in peace negotiations

Book consists of three chapters that trace women's involvement in peace-building from grassroots community activism to formal political negotiations. Chapter One provides an overview of the obstacles women have faced and the strategies they have adopted in their efforts to reach the peace table. Chapter Two reflects on their experiences at the peace table itself, including the specific contributions they have made. Chapter Three is a brief survey of international commitments to increase women's participation in peace negotiations and related decision-making processes. It offers examples of concrete ways women have harnessed these agreements to advance the peace agenda at national and international levels.

Reveals that while political negotiations on peace and security remain an almost entirely male domain, women in all regions are challenging their exclusion and lobbying for an equal place at the peace table. A series of interviews with women leaders finds that women who do participate in peace talks make substantial contributions to the process. Their achievements include shaping new constitutional guarantees of equality, setting up positive action programmes, and conveying a sense of the everyday realities of civilians, who increasingly suffer the brunt of armed conflict. The women interviewed contend that presenting these perspectives is critical to building peace that is sustainable, because in the end, local communities take the responsibility for upholding and implementing peace agreements.

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