Women’s Participation in Peace Processes

Peace negotiators often overlook a strategy that could reduce conflict and advance stability: include women.

Updated July 31, 2018
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Despite women’s contributions to preventing and resolving conflicts, they are often excluded from negotiating tables. Explore original data and country case studies to learn how women have participated in peace processes and what effect they have had.

Women’s participation in conflict prevention and resolution can improve outcomes before, during, and after conflict.

Despite women’s critical contributions to security, their representation in peace processes has lagged.

Women in Peace and Security Processes: A CFR Symposium

At a December 2016 symposium, government officials, civil society experts, and military leaders discussed how women’s participation in conflict prevention and resolution advances U.S. security interests, how efforts to counter violent extremism are strengthened by involving women, and how addressing conflict-related sexual violence helps secure peace. As Gen. John Allen argued, "No society has ever successfully transitioned from being a conflict-ridden society to a developing society unless women were a part of the mainstream.”

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Women and Foreign Policy Program

The Women and Foreign Policy program works to analyze how elevating the status of women and girls advances U.S. foreign policy objectives. The program informs policymakers, opinion leaders, and the general public about issues related to gender equality and U.S. foreign policy through scholarship, roundtable discussions, briefings, and the Women Around the World blog.

How Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention
How Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention and Resolution Advances U.S. Interests
Despite growing international recognition of women’s role in security, their representation in peace and security processes has lagged.
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Countering Sexual Violence in Conflict
Sexual violence in conflict is not simply a gross violation of human rights—it is also a security challenge.
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