Women and Peace: A Special Role in Violent Conflict

In this contribution from the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Fred Strasser highlights women's contributions to peace discussed in a recent discussion by experts at USIP. In Liberia, women, excluded from talks to end the country’s civil war, besieged negotiators until they signed a deal. In Guatemala, where insurgents and the government each had a female delegate in talks, pressure from women put indigenous, gender and labor rights into an accord. In Northern Ireland, women placed the needs of victims and political prisoners on the agenda after winning a role in peace negotiations. In this contribution, the author explores more specifically the role of women in the Colombian peace process, and brings in different studies on their positive impact.

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